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.
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.
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.
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.
On your bike!
Mallards Pike can be easily reached from the Family Cycle Trail. Just follow the signs from the trail along the link path.