Planning an outdoor adventure in Milton Keynes? Explore the beautiful location of Caldecotte Lake. Whether its watersports, birdwatching or children’s activities, you’re sure to have a great family day out, with lots of space for little ones to run around, plus some tranquil corners to relax as well.
What to see and do
6 things you won’t want to miss
- Tuck into lunch under the sails of our very own windmill at Caldecotte Lake. Home to family dining pub, the Caldecotte Arms and the adjoining Premier Inn, you can relax as you soak up the scenic lakeside views.
- Challenge each other to a game of table tennis on the outdoor ping pong table or test your fitness on the trim trail - located near the Caldecotte Business Park, it features a number of pieces of outdoor gym equipment provided by Walton Community Council and is free to use.
- Calling all dinosaur lovers! Did you know that our lake is famous for the huge skeleton of an Ichthyosaur discovered during the lake’s excavation? Thought to be 150 million years old, the fossilised dinosaur can now be seen at Milton Keynes Central Library.
- From abseiling and archery to water zorbing and wind surfing, the is a children’s group activity centre, ideal for little ones looking for active things to do in MK. Overlooking the north section of the lake, the privately owned outdoor education centre offers residential accommodation, in addition to outdoor activities and team building.
- All aboard the Caldecotte Lake train! Run by volunteers, the fun miniature railway is open for rides every Sunday from April to October, including bank holidays and special event days.
- Children can burn off some steam in the colourful outdoor play area at Caldcotte Lake, complete with climbing frame, nest swing, roundabout and swing rockers.
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Regattas and family fun days are often held at Caldecotte Lake. Visit our events page for more information.
There’s more to Caldecotte Lake than its acres of beautiful parkland and watersports facilities – come and discover the variety of water birds and other wildlife at Caldecotte Lake that call its serene waters home.
If you’re a keen birdwatcher, you won’t want to miss the two bird hides at the southern end of the lake. The peaceful south shoreline is an excellent habitat for waterfowl, dragon and damselflies and the insects they feed on, making it a sanctuary for wildlife in Milton Keynes.
If you want sailing lessons or you’re an experienced rower, you’ll find the boating clubs at Caldecotte cater to all abilities. Milton Keynes Canoe Club, Milton Keynes Rowing Club and Milton Keynes Sailing Club all share a clubhouse at the water sports centre on the south east shore.
With over a mile of fishing bank, anglers will love Caldecotte Lake fishing. Stocked with roach, pike, bream and tench, the lake can be fished on a day ticket available from Milton Keynes Angling Association.
Jogging: distance around both lakes approx 5.9km
Need to know
How to get there
Caldecotte Lake lies off the H10 Bletcham Way, between the V10 Brickhill Street and the A5.
The address is: Bletcham Way, Caldecotte, Milton Keynes, MK7 8HP.
The park and car parks are open at all times throughout the year. There is no admission fee.
Caldecotte Lake parking
Free parking is available at the following car parking areas in Milton Keynes:
- H10 Bletcham Way eastbound (hotel and play area)
- Monellan Grove, off H10 Bletcham Way westbound
- Simpson Road, Simpson
- There is a private car park at Monellan Crescent, Caldecotte for the use of Caldecotte Lake Watersports Centre.
The park and car parks are open at all times throughout the year. Admission is free.
There are no public toilets at this site, however, the Caldecotte Arms has customer toilets during opening hours.
The Caldecotte Arms Hotel is open for meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.
There are good all-weather paths around lake with some steep gradients at north end of lake.
Make a day of it
Want to discover more things to do in Milton Keynes? At its north end, Caldecotte Lake is connected to the Ouzel Valley Park.