Cannop Ponds

Cannop Ponds

Cannop Ponds are two large ponds, located to the north of Parkend in the Forest of Dean and not far from the Speechhouse Hotel. The ponds, and surrounding area, are a popular destination for tourists, walkers and off-road cyclists. There is a car park for visitors to park in which has picnic tables nearby.

Cannop Ponds history

Cannop ponds were formed in 1825 and 1829 to supply a waterwheel at the nearby Parkend Ironworks, possibly using ore mined in the local area.


The ponds are home to lots of wildlife including birds of prey, songbirds and wildfowl. Birds to look out for on the water are a pair of mute swans, mandarin ducks and reed warblers.


The ponds have fishing jetties used bt the Yorkley angling club, supposedly these are the best waters in the Forest of dean for angling. Day permits can be brought from the bank of the club bailiff or local fishing tackle shops. Fish known to be in the ponds include Carp, Bream, Tench, Pike, Roach, Perch, Rudd and Chub.


Cyclists use the trails nearby for some off-road cycling. The Cannop Cycling Centre is located not far from the ponds and bikes can be hired from Pedalabikeaway.


The edge of the ponds is a nice waterside walk and pretty easygoing in nice weather. There are loads of marked trails through the local forest including to the Speechhouse area.

Walking to Mallards Pike is a few hours through varied woodlands and is nice to walk in all seasons. One of the trails takes you through to the village of Parkend, the terminus of the Dean Forest Railway.

The area has loads of options for walking and if you fancy trying a new route to you, downloading the Ordinance Survey App can help plan your route.


Hot and cold refreshments available from a mobile food truck on weekdays in the summer and most weekends throughout the year, weather permitting. There are picnic tables for visitors to take their own food to enjoy.

The Speechhouse Hotel, a former hunting lodge is not far from the ponds and serve great food and have a nice beer garden. You could even plan your route to include a refreshment stop here. If heading towards Parkend you could visit the dog-friendly Woodman Inn for a meal out or just a refreshing drink.

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