Within easy reach of Witney, Tar Lakes are perfect for a little scoot or bike around for kids or a pushchair walk if you have a tiny one. It’s not huge so my boys enjoyed doing several laps and it gave them a greater sense of independence being allowed to go on ahead. There are no cars once you’re at the circuit so great for younger bike riders.
Tar Lakes were formed from the hollows made from gravel extraction and today provide a tranquil escape to enjoy nature and have a little exercise.
The circuit around Tar Lake is gravelled which makes it easy for kids on bikes, pushing a buggy or for wheelchair users. There is also a wider grass path network if you’re exploring on foot. There are a few benches dotted around the circuit if you’re looking to sit down and regular perching posts so you can rest, enjoy the view and watch nature.
Tar Lake Parking
There is no parking right at the lake but it’s only a 5 minute walk or so depending on how quick your kids are.
I haven’t been to Rush Common Nature Reserve which is right over the road from Tar Lakes but it’s been high recommended to me. A key is required to gain access to Rushy Common and enjoy the hides in the Lower Windrush Valley Project area.
There are also circular walks from Rush Common with the car park providing a good starting point for a 3 mile circuit to the River Windrush.