Mallards Pike is a lovely spot for a picnic and a great day out. There are walking and running trails and an easy-access lakeside path. Mallards Pike is home to the Forest of Dean Go Ape! and the Mallards Pike cafe.
Access from the main car park to the toilets, cafe, lake, ticket machines, picnic area and walking trails are via a sloped and uneven surface. Blue badge parking is available close to the main picnic area, toilets and cafe. Access to these facilities is via a sloped and gravelled surface. Once beyond the car park, the paths are relatively flat and smooth. There are further blue badge bays located in the overflow section of the car park which is also an uneven gravelled surface. Access from here to the lake is via a gentle sloped forest floor surface.
Purchasing a ticket– There are two pay and display machines located near the blue badge parking areas. Both of these machines only accept coins. However, parking tickets are available from the Mallards Pike cafe which accepts both cash and card payments.
However, visitors with limited mobility can pay by phone or online using paysmarti prior to their arrival
To pay by phone call 01604 210 933
To pay online visit paysmarti.co.uk
Already registered? Text 07537404780
Location codes: Car 3022 Minibus 3037 Coach 3043
Visitors may wish to stop at the pay and display machine to purchase their ticket before finding a bay to park in.
Parking charges apply to all visitors including blue badge holders, this is a national Forestry Commission policy and parking charges are enforced.
Path to main entrance
Access to the main picnic site, toilets and cafe are via a sloped stoned path.
Getting around inside
Mallards Pike Toilet
Access to the toilets from the car park is via a sloped stoned path.
Place to eat and drink
Mallards Pike Cafe
Mallards Pike cafe serves a selection of hot and cold food and drinks from the lakeside setting. There is both indoor and outdoor seating available, the cafe is run by Pedalabikeaway. 01594 729000
Access to the cafe from the car park is via a sloped stoned surface.
Getting around outside
Mallards Pike Path
The Lakeside path is a surfaced path considered easily accessable for for wheelchairs and pushchairs. There are several benches along the way which are great places to watch the ducks and enjoy the scenery. This path does have two narrow footbridges measuring 1320mm wide.
Mallards Pike Picnic Area
Mallards Pike picnic area is located at the heart of the site with the cafe and toilet block close by. The picnic site has a number of picnic benches including wheelchair friendly benches all within the panoramic view of the lake. Visitors are welcome to bring their own chairs, tables and picnic blankets.
Access from the main car park to the picnic area is via the main entrance path. This is a slightly sloped, hard stone path.
Go Ape! Forest of Dean Tree Top Adventure and Forest Segways are located at Mallards Pike. Spectators may wish to follow their group around the Tree Top Adventure course from the ground. Access from the Go Ape! cabin to the Tree Top Adventure course is down a section of decking 1300mm wide. Paths are in place through the woodland however they are unsurfaced and the narrowest sections of the paths are around 950mm wide.
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