I will call this Kingmere lake because I don’t know what is this place and it doesn’t show up on apple or google map!! Its small, so probably it shouldn’t even be called a lake– Anyways, I didn’t even know a “water reservoir of sorts” existed so close to where I live, until we accidentally discovered it during lockdown.. for Bicester/kingsmere residents, It is just across the road (from Wendee drive), opposite the Kingsmere play park in Saxon meadows 2.
I have marked the location accurately on the main map. You can bike/cycle/jog to it from Whitelands Farm sports centre (Whitelands Way, Bicester OX26 1AJ) until you reach the path to Kingsmere play park. Across Vendee drive, you will see the pedestrian crossing and silver gate on the other side, cross the road, either pass through the gate or hop over the fence— you will see the hidden lake. It has a path around to walk on but you can go down and actually touch the water/walk in the edges. It didn’t look too deep. There is a lots of dog poo on the ground, so beware
If you still have energy, you can complete our loop! by walking towards Kingsmere park play area then circling to Alchester Park Play area before returning back toward Whiteland farm play area, then getting back either on the main track or through the grass field to return to the sports centre- the whole loop is about 2.5 miles, which is interrupted with pit breaks in the park (occasionally a picnic) and we really enjoy it.
UPDATE 7/10/2021: There are lots of shrubs and wild bushes growing here now, so is not as pretty as it used to be! you can still walk around it and get close to water but I wold avoid it now..
May be next year!
Update (2/2/22): We went again today and noticed a lot has changed. The overgrown shrubs are gone, the paths are better marked, there are resident swans and ducks and there is a notice at the entrance. About 1000 trees have planted at the site around the balancing pond by the friends of “Burnehyll community Woodland”, so I suspect that is what it will be called! Cherwell and partner groups, including Friends of Burnehyll Woodland, are working together to develop plans for the area, ensuring the protection of archaeology and ecology, and measures to create a net gain in biodiversity in the area.If you think something needs updating on this post, please contact us HERE