Alton Water Nature & Wildlife

Whether it’s spring, summer, autumn or winter, there is nature and wildlife to be enjoyed. From badgers, nightingales and barn owls to butterflies and wildfowl, Alton Water is a great place to catch an abundance of wildlife in their natural habitats.

Is there a nature trail?

Yes. A three-mile nature walk has been specially designed to ensure visitors have the best opportunity to see the wildlife at Alton Water. Taking you around the nature reserve, the trail passes key wildlife hotspots including:

  • Woodland areas
  • A butterfly garden
  • A wildflower meadow
  • Ponds
  • Bird hides

When can I visit?

Car park opening/closing times:

April 1st to September 15th - 09:00 to 19:30

16th September to October 31st - 09:00 to 18:00

November 1st to March 31st - 09:00 to 16:00 

Can anyone visit the nature reserve?

Yes. Information can be found at our visitors centre.

Fishing, walking, cycling, water sports

Our water parks not only bring vital water resources for the region, but they also provide a fantastic day out for all the family.

Whether you're looking for an action-packed day on the water, a spot of fishing to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, or simply want to enjoy a relaxing walk in beautiful surroundings, look no further than our fabulous water parks.