Mallards Pike is a level, lakeside, loop with wide accessible paths suitable for prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs. It is sheltered beneath the trees and is perfect for little legs to try out off-roading; there are a number of longer routes should you feel more adventurous. The car park has a small charge and there are toilets and picnic benches onsite.
Distance: 2/3 of a mile
Time: around 15 mins (almost an hour for our adventure)
From the car park head down towards the toilets, information and picnic area.
Take the path to the left of the picnic benches along the lakeside…
… and wander next to the lake..
.. or through the trees.
Investigating and (carefully) taking a closer look with a handy Auntie or two.
At the top of the lake follow the path around to the right…
.. where there are fabulous views of the lake on both sides.
We spent some time playing poo-sticks and duck watching.
Before setting off down the other side of the lake and finding a really big stick.
Following the lakeside path we took time to look up at the trees; they look amazing when they are so straight and tall.
The path closely follows the edge of the lake.
The woods are fun for young and old(er)!
You can also keep an eye out for FODRocks around Mallards Pike. These are decorated pebbles left by lovely people for everyone to find and rehide around the Forest of Dean.
Over the bridge and round the corner with views looking back up the lake.
And lots of squishy mud!
Follow the path over this fantastic bridge..
..or very carefully paddle across (it was a bit slippy).
Then wander back along the path…
… to the picnic tables (food not included!)
Click on the map below to view it on ViewRanger.
The map reference is SO 637093
Mallards Pike is a Forestry Commission site; lots more details on their website.
Directions (from website)
From the A48 at Blakeney take the Nibley to Parkend road. Mallards Pike is signposted on the right hand side after approximately three miles.
The Beckingham family
(plus Aunties and Uncle)