North Loughton Valley Park
This area of linear parkland runs from Blue Bridge at the Grand Union Canal down as far as Lodge Lake at Loughton Lodge. Its features include historical items and some world famous Milton Keynes' icons!
At the Blue Bridge/Bancroft Park end there are two wet/dry balancing lakes that accommodate excess water from Loughton Brook during times of heavy rainfall. Much of the parkland in Milton Keynes was designed to hold floodwater in this way so that nearby housing would remain unaffected. The Park also has some examples of medieval fields, as well as a natural spring that used to provide water for the nearby railway line.
What to see and do
At the top of Loughton Valley be sure to visit the remains of the Roman villa at Bancroft which were revealed when the site was excavated between 1973 - 78. The villa consisted of a house with mosaic pavements and a bath suite, a summer house, a kitchen garden/orchard and several farm buildings around a farm yard.
Further excavations on the villa site also uncovered an earlier house, a farm manager's house, more farm buildings, two more walled gardens and a trackway through the site.
The iconic Milton Keynes' concrete cows, created by artist Liz Leyh in 1978, also live in the park and are located off the H3 Monks Way at Bancroft.
Bancroft Petanque Piste, which can be found near the Roman villa site, is provided by The Parks Trust, free of charge, for anyone who fancies trying this popular game.
Bancroft Petanque Club plays on the piste three times a week, and welcomes anyone who would like to try the sport. For more information about the club contact the club secretary Angela Austin on 01908 563230 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Millennium Circular Cycle Route runs through North Loughton Valley Park.
Picnic tables Cycling Jogging Bridle path
Need to know
North Loughton Valley Park runs from the Grand Union Canal at Blue Bridge, continuing through Bancroft and Bancroft Park, Bradwell Abbey and Bradwell down as far as the H4 Dansteed Way at Lodge Lake.
The park and car parks are open at all times throughout the year. There is no admission fee.
There is a public car park off Constantine Way in Bancroft Park (located off the H2 Millers Way) and at Bradwell Abbey by the City Discovery Centre.
There are no facilities within the park.
The nearest shops and pubs are in Bradwell.
There are all weather paths throughout the park but please note that some paths are liable to flooding at times of heavy rainfall.