If you have a spare 20 minutes why not enjoy this relaxing circular walk around the lake.
1. From the car park walk towards the right hand side of the balustrade and continue anti-clockwise, keeping the lake to your left. The island on your left is used annually by swans and ducks for nesting. Next you will pass the millennium fountain, which is not only an attractive feature, but also helps aerate the water.
2. To your right, on the grass you will see a ‘willow boat’, which has proved to be a popular area for children to play. Peacocks Brook follows the edge of the lake on your right. This brook originates towards May Hill and passes under the town.
3. Along this stretch, which runs parallel to CourtRoad, you will pass a number of piers used byanglers during the season for coarse fishing.
4. At the second bridge to your right you can leave the lakeside and travel a short distance to a clearing featuring a bridge over the brook. This end of the lake is excellent to see fish in the shallows in the late afternoon. It is also the favourite spot to see herons perched on the driftwood by the opposite bank.
5. Between the lake and the Newent bypass are two wooded areas. Part of the disused original Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal can be seen.
6. After leaving the wooded area you enter Jubilee Walk – constructed and planted with 60 Oak trees to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee 2012. A pleasant walk of some 900 metres maintained by Newent Town Council and accessed via the Lake paths and Court Road. It is a lasting memorial which had considerable input from children of Glebe and Picklenash Schools.
7. Next you will approach a grove of Western Red Cedars and a Giant Wellingtonia. A very large tree of this species was hit by lightning in the 1990s causing it to explode. Parts of the tree were found in nearby roads.
8. Returning to the stone balustrade the path widens onto what was the east drive to the house. This route originally led up Court Road to the East Gatehouse on Gloucester Street.
The walk includes a number of benches en route. Feel free to enjoy a picnic while you relax but please do not to feed the ducks with bread as it affects the ecology of the lake and the health of the birds, and please remember to dispose of litter in a responsible manner.
DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON A LEAD
The path around Newent Lake has been subject to a DDA assessment and has been approved for disabled and wheelchair users.