Needham Lake, near Needham Market
Needham Lake is a lovely, 13 hectare site and an ideal place for a walk or a picnic outing on a summer's day. It lies on the River Gipping is close to Needham Market and Alder Carr Farm.
Needham Lake is home to a variety of wildlife (including some very well-fed ducks!) and a the path around the lake is surfaced and used by both walkers and cyclists.
There are picnic and play areas with many picnic tables dotted around and plenty of grass for children to play games and run around. There is also some play equipment for young children close to the (free) car park and slightly older children can enjoy a climbing boulder and the play equipment.
Part of the site is a Local Nature Reserve with wetland areas, meadows and a small woodland with nest boxes throughout the site. There are plenty of wild flowers with pyramidal and bee orchids which can be seen from the paths. The fenced paddocks are grazed in the summer months to help improve the grassland for wildlife.
There are toilet facilities and an information room which has leaflets and news of upcoming events and activities. Events at Needham Lake include regular children’s activities and other events during the school holidays.
Angling permits for the lake (both day ticket and club membership) are available from Bosmere Tackle (Tel: 01449 721808) in Needham Market High Street.
Access to Needham Lake is from the B1078 Coddenham Road, OS Grid ref: TM 093547 (Explorer 211).