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 take extreme care whilst using this section.
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.
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.
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?
4 StarsPeter J berry, 15/Mar/2017
Rip off parking charges
5 StarsHeather, 12/Jan/2017
Took my granddaughter for a walk just before Christmas, the little elf door were a wonderful surprise, they certainly kept her walking and really engaged her interest. Lets have them next year too.
This lot have attached a load of fairy decorations to trees around mallards pike - whilst it's a nice idea if we all did this the forest would be covered in Tesco Christmas decorations. if the link doesn't work their facebook page is family says.tried and tested
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you our rangers share your sentiments, the trail is being removed at the end of the holidays.