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.
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 use the minor diversion.
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.
Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway. Take a look and book on our Go Ape page.
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.