OS Grid ref: TM 093547 (Explorer 211).
Access from B1078 Coddenham Road. Post code IP6 8NU
Area: 13 hectares
Needham Lake is a popular countryside attraction centred round a flooded gravel pit. It lies either side of the River Gipping close to Needham Market. The Lake is home to a variety of wildlife with numerous well-fed ducks around the car park. A walk around the surfaced lakeside path takes around 20 minutes and gives access for visitors wishing to explore further.
There are picnic and play areas with many picnic tables dotted around and plenty of grass for games. There is play equipment for young children close to the (free) car park whilst slightly older children can enjoy a climbing boulder and the play equipment located around the Lake. An easy orienteering course is available and can be enjoyed by families, groups or schools. Course maps can be downloaded by following the link from the 'countryside' web page. An Ice Cream van is present during the Summer months.
Part of the site is a Local Nature Reserve with wetland areas, meadows and a small woodland. In Summer you will see many species of dragonflies whilst numerous small birds can be spotted amongst the trees. Look out for the nest boxes found throughout the site. Wild flowers are plentiful with pyramidal and bee orchids easily seen from the paths. The fenced paddocks are grazed in the summer months to help improve the grassland for wildlife.
A small toilet block and Information Room is present near the lake where a range of information about the site and surrounding area can be found. Look out for information on events and activities throughout the year. During the school holidays there are regular children’s activities and other events.
Angling permits for the Lake (both day ticket and club membership) are available from Bosmere Tackle (Tel: 01449 721808) in Needham Market High Street.
A leaflet about Needham Lake can be downloaded from the following link.