Lake & Lakeside Activities
At the centre of the estate is the mile-long Capability Brown designed, Trentham Lake.
Take the circular lakeside walk all the way around it, and you’ll have walked for over two miles! It takes you aside the River Trent, by the bird hide, through the cascading weir, past the Lakeside Cafe, along atmospheric woodland trails and through the annual meadow with giant dandelion sculptures.
Keep your eyes peeled as there’s wildlife all around you, and you might even spot the tight lines of a Trentham Fishing Club member. Seek out the Trentham Fairies who live around the lake, or the wonderful nature-inspired wood carvings of Diving Otters, Stag Beetles and Cedar Cone.
Trentham Watersports Association have their very own boathouse on site, at the south of the lake. Two water-based activity clubs are operated from the boathouse: Trentham Boat Club and Trentham Canoe Club. On water activities at Trentham Lake are thriving; get involved in rowing, recreational canoeing, water polo, racing sprint/marathon kayaking, outrigger and fun bell boating.
In 2016, we marked the tercentenary of Capability Brown with a contemporary enhancement of the landscape in this area with vast new plantings chosen for seasonal interest and environmental suitability. We are currently developing a future perspective with the team who were responsible for the stunning wildflower plantings at the Olympic Park.
In winter 2014, we undertook a major programme of conservation in the woodland around the lake and islands. The extremely invasive Wild Rhododendron and commercial foresty plantation of Larch, were hosts to the disease Phytophera Ramorum which is of concern locally and nationally. Further to advice from FERA, DEFRA and the Forestry Commission, we have removed both these plants from this area to contain the disease and prevent it from threatening the estate. The removal of these plants has always been a key element of our conservation plan. It has helped to reveal lost views and create a better environment for wild flowers and natural regeneration.