Lakes formed from the flooding of a disused gravel pit, surrounded by woodland, wetland and meadow that supports a wide range of wildlife, with one mile surfaced path around the lake. There is a small visitor centre, children's play area and toilets on site (including a disabled toilet). Ample parking with disabled bays. Local groups include model boating and angling regularly use this site. The site is managed for recreation and conservation by East Staffordshire Borough Council (please see the link on the right for their leaflet on this site). It suports a wide range of wildlife habitats including: the adjacent Trent & Mersey canal; hedges; woodland; a lake; and one of the largest reedbeds in Staffordshire. Look out for the great range of birds, animal and insects which inhabit these varied habitats.
A visitor centre is open at weekends.
On site toilets, all abilities trail, picnic area, free site brochure available at unmanned visitor centre. Group activities include guided walks led by East Staffordshire Borough Council ranger (£1.50).
Access around the site using well-surfaced paths.
Designated disabled toilets and parking.
Circular trail just over 1 mile. All paths are tarmac around the lake and through the woods, except for the short sections marked on the map. Flat and fairly easy; all paths are wheelchair accessible with passing points at regular intervals.
Please note: The canal towpath is narrow in places and there is no barrier at the water’s edge by the path, so care should be taken.
Burton upon Trent
Site, Apr-Sep, 8am-9pm
Site, Oct-Mar, 8am-5pm
Free parking. Main car park, with six disabled bays, next to the water’s edge. Further parking, with two disabled bays, beyond the play area. Both car parks are tarmac surfaced and have paved crossings with drop kerbs.
Stevensons 12, 112, 812