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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.

Lakeside Path Closure
From Tuesday 20 June we’re continuing to upgrade the surface of the lakeside path. This work must be completed in dry weather. The east side of the lake (between the lake and river) will be worked on first, followed by the west side (from the Lakeside Cafe to the Annual Meadow). The new surface will be much smoother to allow easier access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Dependent on the weather, it should be completed by Friday 21st July, at the latest. We apologise that during this time, some of our activities such as the Fairy Trail and Train rides may be affected. The Lakeside Cafe will remain open throughout the works. We will do our best to minimise the impact of the path closures. Thank you.

Aquatic Weed in the Lake

The increased growth of aquatic weed is partly as a response to two very mild winters and unseasonably warm springs which have combined with a cocktail of high nutrient levels which enter the lake from the stream which is fed from outside the estate. Whilst the Swans are making a good feast on the visible shoots of the aquatic duck weed, we now have the recent addition of Blanket Weed to contend with. The Weed itself is not a significant problem - it is both a healthy oxygenating plant and provides food for our swans; it is the excessive growth of weed that causes a problem, made worse as the lake is on average only 4 feet deep. We are refining a management plan that will enable us to manage the problem which we will implement once this is approved. The Lake feeds the River Trent and therefore comes under regulations that dictate that we comply with the law and best environmental practice and in this regard, we are in contact with the Environment Agency to seek their advice and ultimately will agree the methods we will be deploying. We will find a solution that supports the ecology of the lake and addresses the current problems but it is important that we approach this carefully if we are to find a long-term solution that addressees numerous challenges and ultimately protects the lakes rich ecology and ecosystem.

Those boots were made for much more than walking... you can take a ride on the boat or train!

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.