GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Aqualate Mere Walk

2 miles (3.5 km)

Enjoy a peaceful walk through this lovely nature reserve near Newport on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border. In the reserve you'll find well surfaced footpaths taking you through pretty woodland and along the large mere which is the largest natural lake in the West Midlands. The area is great for birdwatching too. Look out forEurasian curlewandcommon snipe from one of the bird hides. The reedbed habitat also supports reed warbler and sedge warblerwhile marsh harrier and osprey have also been seen in the area.
This walk takes you to the reserve from the village of Forton just north of Newport. You can also reach the reserve by bike using National Cycle Network Route 55and RegionalRoute 75.


TF10 9DE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Aqualate Mere OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Aqualate Mere Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


In Forton village there's the Swan Inn for some post walk refreshments. Formerly the Managers House on Aqualate Estate, it has 14 bedrooms, 6 luxury and 8 in a barn conversion. The Georgian building includes a bar adorned with reclaimed panelling and two large fireplaces. There is also a nice garden area for warmer days. You can find them at postcode TF10 8BY for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The mere is a nice place for a peaceful dog walk. Please keep them on leads in the reserve because of the wildlife though. The Swan mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A few miles to the north east there's the town of Eccleshall. The town has a particularly interesting high street with a number of Georgianbuildings to admire. There's also a noteworthy 12th century church and a 13th century castle. You can walk from the town to the nearby Cop Mere where there are more nice waterside paths to try.
Just to the west there's the market town of Newport where you can enjoy another waterside stroll along the old Newport Canal.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Staffordshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Aqualate Mere - - 507030

Aqualate Mere

Track to Aqualate - - 1275351

Track to Aqualate

Reed beds and lily pads - - 797880

Reed beds and lily pads on the River Meese, on the western side of the mere.

View from the bird hide on Aqualate Mere, Staffordshire - geograph-1883257

View from the bird hide on Aqualate Mere, Staffordshire

Deer on Aqualate Park - - 566467

Deer on Aqualate Park on the southern side of the water

Bridleway heading towards Aqualate Mere - - 3230824

Bridleway heading towards Aqualate Mere

Forton Hall (geograph 4461283)

Forton Hall

The Swan, Forton - - 151214

The Swan, Forton


GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

Aqualate Mere.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)