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- Free parking (2.1m height restriction) (car park closed during COVID-19 restrictions)
- Benches and picnic table
- Watersports centre with a café open in summer
- Circular walk along the River Blackwater and around Horseshoe Lake (no swimming)
- Circular walk of around 2km
- Free roaming cattle may be grazing
- Permanent orienteering course
- Links to longer walks along the Blackwater Valley Path
Where you’ll find 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?
Walk from the far end of the car park and you’ll 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 & 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. 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.