Permanent Orienteering Courses

Permanent Orienteering Courses

View all Permanent Orienteering Courses

Needham Lake

RegionEast Anglia
ClubSuffolk Orienteering Club
Nearest townNeedham Market
PostcodeIP6 8NU
Carpark locationIP6 8NU Free Parking.

Needham Lake is a popular countryside attraction centred around a flooded gravel pit. It lies either side of the River Gipping close to Needham Market. The Lake is home to a variety of wildlife with numerous well-fed ducks around the car park. A walk around the surfaced lakeside path takes around 20 minutes and gives access for visitors wishing to explore further.

Access is from the B1078 Coddenham Road; be aware that when approaching from Needham Market of a height restricting railway bridge. The alternative approach is from the  A14 (junction 51) and then follow signs to Needham Market.

It is 10 miles from Ipswich, 19 miles from Bury St Edmunds and 40 miles from Norwich.

By public transport, there is a railway station at Needham Market on the Ipswich to Cambridge and Norwich lines. There are also regular busses between Ipswich and Stowmarket which stop at Needham Market. The Lake is then within easy walking distance from the town centre.


Other Things to do in the Area

Information Room.

Toilets next to information room.

Picnic Area.

Separate play areas for small and older children.

Angling but permit required from Bosmere Tackle (Tel: 01449 721808) in Needham Market High Street.

An interesting single main street town with many small shops.


Maps Available From


Further Information

  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience