Alton Water

Alton Water Park includes the largest expanse of inland water in Suffolk and is a popular destination for walkers, birdwatchers and water sports enthusiasts. The beautiful River Stour and the villages of Stutton, Tattingstone and Holbrook await discovery nearby!

Alton Water reservoir was created between 1974 and 1987 to supply water to Ipswich and Felixstowe. It is owned and managed by Anglian Water.   Before the reservoir was built, several farms and a watermill nestled in the valley. To preserve local heritage, Alton Watermill was dismantled and relocated to the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.

Today, Alton Water Park provides a home for many plants and animals. Thousands of birds such as wigeon, pochard and teal spend the winter here. Summer visitors include chiffchaff and common tern. Anglian Water has created nature reserve areas to encourage more wildlife.

Getting there

You can get to this location by using one of our following bus services