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Mallards Pike

Beautiful lake in the Forest of Dean, popular for walking, with lots of picnic benches, nearby cycle paths and a cafe and toilets on site

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Parkend


Mallards Pike Lake is in the centre of the Forest of Dean and is a beautiful lake surrounded by woodland.

Many ponds in the Forest were made to supply water wheels that powered the mills and iron forges and are remnants of the Forest’s industrial past. Once these were no longer required some were transformed by Forestry England for the community’s enjoyment.

You might think that the name Mallards Pike refers to a pike (fish) or to a mallard duck. This pike is actually a turnpike or toll road; the mallard comes from a Mr Maller, who lived until the early 1950s in a toll keeper’s cottage. Maller’s Turnpike eventually became Mallard’s Pike.

Mallards Pike Lake is an ideal starting point for a walk or bike ride. This is the main location for Go Ape!, the family cycle trail passes by here and there's a fab cafe too. There's also now stand-up paddleboarding classes and tuition available with SUP FoD.

There are three walking trails (Mallards Pike Path; Mallards Pike to Wenchford Link Path; Pluckpenny Trail), a running trail (the Adidas Running Trail) and various other routes. The lakeside path has easy access, is flat and fairly wide and has benches dotted alongside it - good vantage points for watching mandarins and other ducks.

There are two permanent BBQ stands which are free to use, but please do not place disposable BBQs on the picnic tables. Several picnic tables are sited with views over the lake.

There is also an unusual sculpture of a mermaid and a frog on one of the banks which no one knows the origins of. If you find out please let us know!

Mallards Pike Lake was voted the best place to picnic in the South West in the Warburton's Picnic Awards 2010.


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Mallards Pike Lake

GL15 4HD
O/S Ref: SO 637093

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From the A48 at Blakeney take the Nibley to Parkend road. Mallards Pike is signposted on the right hand side after approximately three miles.

  • Cinderford
  • Lydney
  • Parkend


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