GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Horseshoe Lake Walk

3 miles (5.4 km)

This walk visits Horseshoe Lake near Yateley and Sandhurst in Berkshire.
The site consisits of working gravel pits that have now been flooded to form an Activity Centre with various water activities and open water swimming. There's also nice footpaths for walkers along Horseshoe Lake and the adjacent Grove Lake and Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve. Just north of here you can access the National Trust's Finchampstead Ridges where there's some nice woodland trails, pretty ponds and lots of wildlife.
The River Blackwater also flows past the series of lakes on the Three Castles Path. The long distance trail provides an opportunity for further exploring the area on a good, waymarked trail.
On the walk look out for water loving birds including the Great White Egret, Reed Warbler, Bittern and the rare Black-winged stiltwhich has been spotted around Moor Green Lakes. Birds of prey such as Marsh Harrier and Hobbies can been seen too.
There's also lots of pretty wildflowers where butterflies such as Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, CommaandRed Admiral can be seen fluttering around.
To continue your walk you could head east for more waterside walks around Tri Lakes Country Park. To the south there's peaceful woodland walking and cycling trails around Yateley Common Country Park.

Postcode

GU47 8JW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Horseshoe Lake OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Horseshoe Lake Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

There's a nice on site cafe selling Rustic Italian Sandwiches, pastries, hot/cold drinks, snacks and ice creams.

Photos

Horseshoe Lake, Yateley Complex

Horseshoe Lake, Yateley Complex

Grove Lake - geograph.org.uk - 3635626

Grove Lake

Moor Green Lakes - geograph.org.uk - 3634037

Moor Green Lakes

Tern Island, Moor green Lakes - geograph.org.uk - 3635608

Tern Island, Moor green Lakes

Cafe, Horseshoe Lake - geograph.org.uk - 4354973

Cafe, Horseshoe Lake

River Blackwater - geograph.org.uk - 3874956

River Blackwater

Finchampstead Ridges - geograph.org.uk - 646713

The view of the Finchampstead Ridges from the shore of Horseshoe Lake.

Grazing land at Moor Green Farm - geograph.org.uk - 1294272

Grazing land at Moor Green Farm. A nice countryside view with horses with the lake in the background.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Horseshoe Lake.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)