For those who prefer to be in the lake, we welcome wild swimmers. The water quality is very good and we attract all types of swimmers – from those trying wild swimming for the first time to triathletes. You can swim between our cafe opening hours, seven days a week, all year round. Download prices and our terms & conditions here. Alternatively watch our lake users t&cs here.  For the latest information regarding covid-19 and open water swimming, please follow this link

We are delighted to now offer Open Water Swimming Coaching through a local partner. Please click here for further information.


From swallows to swans, you’ll see plenty of wildlife as you walk around the lake. If a wildlife walk doesn’t wear your little ones out then our playground will. Dogs are welcome at Alderford lake, we just ask that they are kept on their leads at all times.  Well behaved dogs are allowed in the café. There is a small charge of £1 per person (50p for children) for admission. If you’re a regular why not enjoy free year round access and other benefits with an Alderford loyalty card.  Just pick one up in the cafe.

Lake Activities

We don’t supply canoes, kayaks or paddleboards but you can bring your own to Alderford and explore all that the lake has to offer. We allow kayaks, canoes and paddleboards on the water between cafe opening hours, seven days a week. Download prices and the lake users terms and conditions here. We recommend you read this before you arrive as it saves time when signing in at the café. Signing in and signing out is essential. For the latest information regarding covid-19, please follow this link


If you’ve ridden to Alderford lake then let us know as we reward cyclists with a 10% discount in the café. There’s bike parking close to the café and we’ve got plenty of fuel in the form of coffee and cake to help with the ride home. We are on the JOGLE route (John o’Groats to Lands End) and cycle route 43.

Wildlife Trust

We are very proud to welcome Shropshire Wildlife Trust to Alderford. Shropshire Wildlife Trust protects the wildlife where you live. At alderford they will be manning an interactive pod to encourage young visitors to get a closer look at the natural world. Look out for details of their interactive sessions on the What’s On page.

Little Wildlings

Wildlings is The Shropshire Wildlife Trusts weekly toddler group for the under 5’s.

Swap some telly time for welly time by getting your little ones out in our unique safe play areas packed with fun and exciting outdoor play equipment. We get up to all sorts of fun, such as mucky play, campfire cooking and outdoor crafts. For further information & to book your place please follow this link Little Wildlings

Really Wild Birthday Parties

Go wild this year, party with us!

Are you looking for somewhere different for a child’s birthday party? Our nature themed parties are packed full of fun activities and wild games! The Shropshire Wildlife Trust offer birthday parties at Alderford Lake

Their parties are designed to give your child a birthday they will never forget and keep yours stress free.

All equipment and materials for the parties are provided, so you just have to sit back and relax!

All our parties are suitable for ages 0 -11 and led by a qualified party leader. Parties are on weekends and some weekdays during school holidays (except Christmas).

For further information & to book your party, please contact the Wildlife Trust direct on 01743 284280