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Forest of Dean

Explore Mallards Pike Lake
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

This beautiful setting is a great spot for a picnic or a gentle lakeside walk. Admire the wildlife or jump onto the Go Ape high ropes course. 

Most ponds in the forest were made to supply water wheels that powered the mills and iron forges of the Forests industrial past but these were made by the Forestry Commission for the community’s pleasure. The larger, lower pond is used for water sports, the upper pond is left undisturbed for wildlife.

Fantastic forest trails

Mallards Pike Lake provides a good range of trails with something for everybody, try the easy access lakeside path, the running trail or series of Ramblers' Routes. Part of the Pluckpenny Trail/Adidas Trail short cut is currently very muddy, please take extreme care whilst using this section.

On your bike!

Mallards Pike provides easy access to the Family Cycle Trail.  Just follow the signs to the trail along the link path, passing the Go Ape cabin and Adidas trail start first.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

Enjoy adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles!  For more information and to book visit Go Ape.

Go Ape Forest Segway  

Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Forest Segway.

Organised watersports

The lower lake can be booked by groups for canoe, kayak or raft building activities, please contact the Forestry Commission office for details. Individual boaters and swimming are not permitted.


A mobile catering unit is on site daily in the Gloucestershire school holidays from 10.30am - 4pm and every weekend throughout the year.  Silvia Davis Refreshments serve hot food and drinks plus cold drinks, snacks and ice creams.  Specials include Wild boar sausage or Venison sausage on a fresh long roll.

More about the name...

The name Mallards Pike does not refer to pike (fish) or to mallard although mallards and other ducks are seen here in winter.

This pike is a turnpike or toll road: the mallard comes from a Mr Maller who lived until the early 1950’s in a toll keepers cottage which was close to where you turned off the Parkend to Blakeney road. Maller’s Turnpike became Mallard’s Pike.

What do other visitors say?

Well what can I say about this lake, it's a fab place to spend some time, great for walks and the like, but good help you if you want to use the toilets.

I'm local to the area but all I can say is shame on you the forestry commission for not cleaning the toilets out.

Anonymous, 24/May/2016

I am sorry to read your complaint. The toilets are cleaned every morning when opened up. Our rangers aim to check them every day too. We can only apologise that they were in a mess.

Forestry Commission Response

I will be visiting Mallards Pike on 28th June but I am unable to walk very far. I would therefore like to hire a mobility scooter. Can you tell me where to pick them up from and the cost.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Alison Devitt

Alison Devitt, 9/Jun/2015

Sorry, we do not hire out mobility scooters at any of our sites in the Forest of Dean. The walk around Mallards Pike, however, is completely flat with plenty of benches to rest all the way around the lake.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Beautiful place. Disgraceful comment about culling the wild boar - animals have just as much right to live and enjoy the forest as we have.

Anonymous, 6/Jun/2015 for more information on the boar

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Last updated: 17th May 2016

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What's Here?

  • No swimming
  • Segway
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • Cafe
  • a mobile catering unit can be found on site at weekends and in the school holidays
  • Cycling
  • easy access onto the Family Cycle Trail
  • Horse riding
  • The stoned road network is suitable for riding.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Cars & minibuses:
    3.50 Mar- Oct
    3.00 Nov - Feb
    10 year round
    Please bring the correct change for the P&D machine as there is no credit card facility. Thank you.
  • Picnic
  • picnic tables in the woods and on the grass
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SO 637093

Get directions


West England District
0300 067 4800

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open by 8am daily. Closing times:
Nov- Feb 5.00pm
March 6.30pm
April 8pm
May - Aug 9pm
Sept 7.30pm
Oct 6.30pm
Cars & minibuses:
3.50 Mar- Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
10 year round
Please bring the correct change for the P&D machine as there is no credit card facility. Thank you.
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