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Alton Water Sports Centre

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Beautiful setting ...... cars on site these days???

Had a lovely walk around the reservoir, something we used to do with the children many years ago... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Manningtree, United Kingdom
via mobile
Team trip to the campsite

7 families stayed at the campsite in 6 tents last weekend. We arrived in a terrestrial downpour and... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2018
Manningtree, United Kingdom
via mobile
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  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible7%
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“cycle hire”(7 reviews)
“off road”(4 reviews)
“rowing boat”(3 reviews)
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

Took a leisurely walk around Alton water with the dog today - peaceful and well kept outdoor space for families and couples

4  Thank Fairysparkle2013
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Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

After standing in a very long queue for cycle hire this afternoon we decided to come back a bit later on once the crowd had reduced a bit as we have 3 children, one only 18 months old and they were getting restless. We came...More

5  Thank Jody R
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All reviews cycle hire off road rowing boat anglian water days visit lots of water mountain bikes lovely walk clean area sailing club overlooking the water an ice cream nice cafe coffee and cake great place to visit dog walkers sausage rolls
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely walk around the reservoir, something we used to do with the children many years ago. Plenty of new playground structures that would have been great all those years ago. I was surprised to see that cars and vans are now parked within...More

Thank GJT
Reviewed 21 September 2018

Always a good place to take visitors to, whether they are young or old. Great for walks for families and friends with children or dogs who need exercise. You can hire bikes here but price will mount up for a family. Car parks around the...More

Thank 205jeanniem
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

So wanted to be able write something positive about the cafe, as Alton Water walks/ playground/ picnic areas etc are top notch. However our experience today was awful. Service was very slow, staff seemed unable to organise taking orders and serving. Once we had ordered...More

Thank BlobbyBug
Reviewed 22 August 2018

This is a review about the 13 km walk around Alton Water. The walk, on a well made-up path, was not especially interesting except the south-west section. It was spoilt, to some extent, by people on Mountain bikes generally not showing consideration to walkers

Thank Chris E
Reviewed 20 August 2018

I took my folks for a cycle around Alton which was great, £14 for a 2 hour bike rental great customer service, but after we went to cafe for coffee and cake it took about 20 mins for the young lad to make our coffee...More

1  Thank Jonathan G
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

7 families stayed at the campsite in 6 tents last weekend. We arrived in a terrestrial downpour and were not deterred, we still put up and dried out our tents then began to enjoy our weekend in the sunshine. There was a little mix up...More

1  Thank smokieswarrior
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to visit. There are some great walks, good play areas for the kids and a nice cafe. We visited on a hot summer day and it was awesome. Give it a go.

Thank mrba2015
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

We decided to go camping close to home to try out all our new camping gear, little did we know the weather would help test our tent to the limit! The camping site it very well maintained with easy access to the toilet and shower...More

Thank mdsmith0911
Reviewed 1 August 2018

A scenically splendid location with a wide range of activities for both young and old. There is an extensive water area for sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing, bird watching and walking and cycling around the perimeter tracks. Extensive parking facilities (charge) Many areas for picnicking ,...More

Thank Fyti
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

My family and our friends family took our foreign language students to Alton Waters for an afternoon out. We took plenty of picnic food and drink, found an empty picnic table and us adults just relaxed for the afternoon chatting. The teenagers took themselves off...More

Thank 123Cath123
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Jennifer O
11 May 2018|
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Response from Jon M | Reviewed this property |
Only been there on the bike in winter time. Visit web site mate. I will be there in a couple of weeks so will keep an eye out and advise.
19 June 2017|
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Response from telcazellie | Reviewed this property |
no swimming allowed for humans or dogs..
Dee G
25 July 2016|
Response from horseysarah | Reviewed this property |
No not that I am aware. Didn't see any beach. x