During the year the lake hosts many events from the Great East Swim to the Alton Water 10k race, but remains a wonderful haven for peaceful walks, picnics and bird watching throughout the whole year. There is an 8 mile (13km) circular path offering many different views of the lake, the surrounding landscape and the wide variety of wildlife. During the day you will see many ducks, geese and swans. At dusk look out for barn owls, silently flying around the lakes’ edge looking for their next meal.
Much of the route around the lake is surfaced but the section closest to the visitor centre is the most accessible with a more level and firm path.
An easy destination is Larch Wood and The Wonder, west of the visitor centre. The walk is on a compacted gravel path with some short tarmac sections where the route is more undulating.
Off the path are many grassy tracks leading to the water's edge, all worth exploring, with mamy benches where you can relax and enjoy the wonderful views.
- Parking – charges apply, dedicated accessible bays at visitor centre
- Toilets – accessible toilet at visitor centre
- Café – seasonal
- Picnic area
Tips and hints
Easy Going Trails have been developed by Suffolk County Council, Optua, the Access Group for Suffolk, Stepping Out In Suffolk Healthy Walks and Healthy Ambitions Suffolk to promote Suffolk's countryside for everyone. For more trails and further information go to: https://www.discoversuffolk.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/All-egt.pdf