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Horseshoe Lake

Horseshoe Lake in winter
Horseshoe Lake covers about 22 acres.

It is named after its horseshoe-shaped island. It lies about half a mile to the west of Sandhurst.

Originally part of an extensive network of working gravel pits that have now been flooded, this site now occupies an attractive setting in the Blackwater Valley and is a popular venue for those who enjoy watersports, birdwatching and walking.


Horseshoe Lake has:

  • opportunities for water sports (provided by Freetime Leisure) including dinghy sailing, windsurfing, dragon boating, canoeing and raft building
  • attractive countryside walks with lakeside views and opportunities for longer routes for the more adventurous
  • a great place to spot wildlife including a wide variety of winter visitors and breeding birds and invertebrates including several species of grasshoppers and crickets, 12 species of dragonflies and 18 species of butterflies
  • an onsite car park where limited disabled access (such as for wheelchairs) is available

How to get to Horseshoe Lake

By car

The main access by car into the site is from Mill Lane. There are 2 small car parks, one of which serves the watersports centre. The postcode is GU47 8JW. 

Limited disabled access (such as for wheelchairs) is available from the car park.

By foot or bike

There are pedestrian accesses from Mill Lane, Lower Sandhurst Road and the riverside path. Cycling is permitted on the riverside path, and horse riding on the permitted bridleway.


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Enhancing Horseshoe Lake

Information on new enhancements can be found on our Horseshoe Lake enhancements webpage.

Photo credit: Horseshoe Lake at Sunset image courtesy of David Robins.