Horseshoe Lake

  • Free parking (2.1m height restriction)
  • Bins
  • Benches and picnic table
  • Watersports centre with a café open in summer
  • Circular walk along the River Blackwater and around Horseshoe Lake (no swimming)
  • 1.8km circular walk
  • Cattle may be grazing but they are fenced off
  • Permanent orienteering course
  • Links to longer walks along the Blackwater Valley Path

Where you’ll find it…

The free car park is on Mill Lane, Sandhurst GU47 8JW. Grid reference SU 82031 62019. It’s just inside the entrance to Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre, you can’t miss it.

What you’ll find there…

Water lovers everywhere will enjoy this fabulous lake, where you can join in with the water sports or simply take a stroll. The surrounding countryside is ideal for gentle walks and there’s a good path, suitable for buggies, with benches along the way, from where you can enjoy a view across the lake. Created by gravel extraction in the 1980s, it now offers sailing, canoeing and windsurfing and has a café open in the summer.

It’s a great place to brush up your waterfowl identification. So if you don’t know your widgeon from your gadwall, this is the place to head in winter. And in summer, wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy swallows, swifts, dragonflies and many other species. Maybe you’ll even see a kingfisher or a barn owl?

Blackwater River at Horseshoe Lake

Blackwater riverside

Walk from the far end of the car park and you will join the route of the Blackwater Valley Path along the north bank of the river. Follow the river until you reach the Moor Green Lakes bird hide and, just before here, turn right to return via the activity centre. The hide is for members only, but there is a screened observation point where you can take a peak at what’s going on on the neighbouring nature reserve.

If you fancy a longer walk, you can follow the well-marked footpath over to Ambarrow Court and Hill. This short walk (10 minutes) takes you across farmland with grazing horses (dogs on leads please) to this woodland nature reserve, once a Victorian country estate.

Horseshoe Lake is featured in Bracknell Forest Council’s leaflet Great places for circular walks and makes a good hopping off point for longer walks too. You can pick up the Finchampstead Parish Council Walk 2, a 4 mile circular walk from Simon’s Wood  to Horseshoe Lake and Moor Green Lakes; the Wokingham Way; or join the Blackwater Valley Path, a 23 mile walk from the source of the River Blackwater in Rowhill Nature Reserve to Swallowfield where it meets the rivers Whitewater and Loddon.

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