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 50p per person to walk around the lake. 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.


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 9.30am and 4pm, seven days a week, all year round. Download prices and a booking form here. Alternatively watch our lake users t&cs here


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 10am and 4pm, seven days a week. Download prices and a booking form here. We recommend you fill it in before you arrive as it saves time when signing in at the café. Signing in and signing out is essential.


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.