Theale 1 is a mature 20+ acre gravel pit nestled between the River Kennet and Clay Brook. The lake has many underwater features with bars and humps, a central channel, a drop off towards the Eastern end and beyond the reed bed spit at the Western end is a snaggy back arm area with an 'everglades' feel. The main body of the lake itself is weedy withan abundance of "natural's" and there is a crayfish population to contend with but a continual trapping programme is in place.
The lake is securely "otter fenced" to protect the fish from this threat and it also stops any fish escaping in flood conditions, Security gates also protect the bridge approach on the stream side.
A hard path runs all around the lake and there are 26 purpose built swims on the main part of the lake and a further 5 'day only' swims in the snags area.
The early years of tree work along with significant ‘snag removal’ of fallen trees from the lake has paid dividends and allowed good regeneration of the shaded out reed fringe and development of the smaller trees such as Hawthorn and Hazel. We have additionally planted over 400 Hazel, Field Maple and Hawthorn trees along with a few Whitebeam and Oaks on canal bank.