Welcome to Alton Water Wildlife

Just south of Ipswich, Alton Water is the largest area of inland water in the picturesque country 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.

Alton Water - Meadow


  Green Flag Award for Alton Water  
  Alton Water Park are delighted to have won the Green Flag Award This award recognises well-managed, high-quality green spaces that are freely accessible to the public. It is a tribute to all the hard work of the staff, businesses and volunteers involved with running this park on a daily basis. The Green Flag Award Scheme is managed in the UK by a consortium,featuring Keep Britain Tidy, The Conservation Volunteers and Green Space on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government.  
  Sand Martin Cliff now completed  
  Thanks to the extra effort put in by a number of the volunteers the new sand martin cliff is now complete and ready for it's first occupants. With 220 potential nesting chambers hopes are high that this often fickle summer visitor will take advantage of all our hard work. We'll keep you posted!  
  Do visit our hides  
  We have 2 hides in Larchwood, both open to the Public, that were designed and constructed by volunteers. They have good views of 2 of the tern rafts & you may even see the Kingfisher going about its business. There are another 2 hides on the North shore, 20 minutes walk from Lemons bridge car park or a shorter walk from Black Pond Meadow.