Alton Water

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General Information

Welcome to Alton Water Just south of Ipswich, Alton Water is the largest area of inland water in the picturesque county of Suffolk. Set in 400 acres of beautiful countryside, the Water Park is owned by Anglian Water and provides the perfect location for walks, cycle rides, wildlife spotting and family picnics. Activities include an eight-mile rambling route and an eight-mile cross-country cycle track. Bikes are available to hire from the Visitor Centre. Alton Water can also boast a wide array of water sports, including excellent sailing and windsurfing facilities. Fishing is also available, with bream and pike the most popular quarry. Day and season permits are available from the Visitor Centre.

Hire & The Servery

With our open picnic area, beautiful scenery and friendly café, relaxing at Alton Water is the ideal way to de-stress and enjoy the British summer with family and friends. For those wanting to explore the water we have a large fleet of rowing boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and sailing boats available to hire 7 days a week. 

On site catering using delicious free range and locally sourced hot and cold food as well as a range of hot and cold drinks. Relax and chat in a friendly atmosphere whatever your interest; nature, exercise or water sport. When participating on a centre course and breaks are limited, why not fast track and use a pre-order form? Choose a pre-prepared picnic lunch or a hot snack each day, ready when you need it. Birthday party food also available.

Children's playgrounds

There are exciting outdoor areas where your children can play safely at Alton Water Park.
Go to Stutton car park car park to keep your youngster amused for hours and they must be supervised at all times.

What you'll find at Alton Water

Set in 400 acres of beautiful countryside, Alton Water Park provides the perfect location for walks, cycle rides, wildlife spotting and family picnics.

The site offers a range of services including a cafe and visitor centre.  

Attractions and information

You can also read more about the new campsite at Alton Water Park.

Alton Water Park hosts a number of events throughout the year including the Great East Swim and outdoor theatre.
Events at our Water Parks

What to do

Activities include an eight-mile rambling route and an eight-mile cross-country cycle track. Bikes are available to hire from the Visitor Centre.

Alton Water can also boast a wide array of water sports, including excellent sailing and windsurfing facilities. Fishing is also available, with bream and pike the most popular quarry. Day and season permits are available from the visitor centre.

For those interested in wildlife, Alton Water Park hosts a variety of interesting waterfowl, especially in winter. New conservation zones and bird hides have been established to increase biodiversity with the help of local conservation volunteers.

The Alton Water Park volunteers group meets on the first Saturday of the month and every second Wednesday; 9am to 12 noon. Why not come along and make new friends, get active and be involved in creating new wildlife habitats and improve recreation areas at your local park. For more details call 01473 589105.

Nature trail

Alton Water has a well-deserved reputation for creating, and subsequently managing, a wide variety of habitats that attract an expanding variety of British wildlife. By following the wooden way-making posts, visitors can walk the two kilometre nature trail that starts at the wildflower meadow at the far end of the picnic site. Ospreys, nightingales, grass snakes and harvest mice have all been seen in recent months. Two public hides can also be found along the trail to observe the local wildfowl and breeding tern rafts.

Fishing

Coarse fishing Excellent sport and surroundings continue to attract anglers in search of quality coarse fishing at Alton Water. Vast bream shoals and quality roach fishing form the basis of sport along with pike fishing over the winter months. Day permits are available form the Visitor Centre and Holbrook Post Office. A rolling 12-month annual permit is proving particularly popular and represents excellent value for money. Application forms can be picked up from the Visitors Centre or by post from the Site Manager.

Tel: 01473 589105 Fax: 01473 589109

Web: www.anglianwater.co.uk

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Cycling

Alton Cycle Hire offers a wide range of cycles for hire to visitors keen to explore the surrounding countryside. The eight mile perimeter around Alton Water offers a popular variety of routes suitable for cyclists of differing abilities, from rugged and hilly unsurfaced tracks to purpose-built routes suitable for the young and inexperienced. Visitors can also make good use of the quiet surrounding country lanes to visit other popular beauty spots, such as Flatford Mill, Pin Mill and the Suffolk Coast and Heaths

Tel: 01473 328873

Email: altoncyclehire@hotmail.com

Web: www.altoncyclehire.co.uk

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Watersports

Water sports Alton Water Sports Centre is open to everyone for sailing and windsurfing. The Centre is an RYA and AALA registered school offering a variety of training courses throughout the year to people of all ages. Boat parking and launching facilities are available and the Wolverstone Project is a thriving sailing club catering for people with disabilities. A winter racing programme provides year round sport for all enthusiasts.

Tel/Fax: 01473 328408

Email: info@altonwater.co.uk

Web: www.altonwater.co.uk

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Nature

Alton Water Volunteers For more than 10 years now much of the wildlife enhancement around Alton has been as a direct result of the hard work of a dedicated team of volunteers from the local community. Major projects include the construction of several bird hides, breeding areas for harvest mice, reptiles and amphibians, as well as habitat management of woodlands and grassland. Locally produced timber has been used for additional seating and the installation of boardwalks across sensitive wetland areas. Regular monitoring of several animal groups occurs and plays a vital role in determining management regimes as well as feeding into nationally important surveys. If you would like to find more, contact details are below.

Tel: 01473 589105

Web: www.altonwildlife.co.uk

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Parking

The Stutton car park at Alton Water Park is close to all the attractions and facilities. Car parking charges apply - annual car parking permits are also available and are valid for all Water Park car parks and can be purchased from the cafe. You can find more information around parking charges on our attractions and information page.

Car parking fees help us to maintain and improve the conservation and recreational facilities on our sites.

Access

There is a track for pedestrians and cyclists around the water which is eight miles long. It is hilly in places and during the winter can also be muddy. However, there are two alternatives routes which use country lanes and are clearly sign-posted. Walkers can extend the route by two miles using the track north of Lemons Hill Bridge. This route is not open cyclists.

Opening times

Alton Water Park is open every day of the year. Site closing times are advertised at the car park entrances.

Read our blog: Cycling at Alton Water

 
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