Willen Lake South
South Willen Lake is the busiest park in the region, attracting more than one million visitors each year to take part in water sports, golf, high ropes, special events, or to jog, picnic, walk, play, or just watch everyone else!
What to see and do
Aerial Extreme is the park’s newest attraction, a challenging adventure ropes course for all ages.
A miniature railway operates at summer weekends and some school holidays.
The cable tow, operated by WakeMK, is the perfect way to learn or develop water ski-ing skills.
Back on shore Willen Lake also boasts a Trim Trail enabling joggers to combine aerobic exercise with their run and an adventure golf course.
The LA Fitness health club can be found overlooking the lake at Willen.
Fishing at the lake is managed by Milton Keynes Angling Association.
South Willen Lake is part of an orienteering course used by the South Midlands Orienteering Club.
For full programme see our events pages. Annual highlights include:
- June: Dragon Boat Festival
- December: Santa Jog (for British Heart Foundation)
Like its neighbour, North Willen Lake, South Willen is rich in birdlife, particularly during winter months when it provides a night-time roost for a range of water species
Need to know
South Willen Lake lies between the H5 Portway and H6 Childs Way, directly off the V10 Brickhill St.
The park is open year round and there is no admission, other than during special events when some areas may be unavailable to the general public, or a fee may be charged.
There is paid car parking with CCTV in operation at the following locations:
- off Lakeside roundabout, V10 Brickhill St between (watersports, high ropes)
- off Newlands roundabout, V10 Brickhill St (golf, play areas and water ski) please note car park shuts after dark.
Car parking is managed by Napier Parking. Annual permits are available from Napier Parking at £120 for all Willen Lake car parks and £80 for the Peace Pagoda and Tree Cathedral car parks only. You can download permits from Napier here.
Disabled parking concessions at Willen Lake
If you are a blue badge holder and are exempt from paying vehicle tax you are eligible to claim a free annual parking permit for Willen Lake (worth £120). You can download an application form from www.napierparking.co.uk. Together with your completed application form you will need to provide a copy of your blue badge and of your nil value tax disc. Please note that an administration charge of £10 will apply.
For more information please telephone Napier Parking Ltd on 01730 828103 or email email@example.com. You can also apply in person at Napier Parking’s office, located by the Watersports Centre at Willen Lake South (between 9am and 5pm).
Public toilets, open during daylight hours, are available alongside the café by children’s play area.
Refreshments are available at the Lakeside Hotel and the Park Cafe at weekends, school holidays and during the summer months.
There are good all-weather paths around the lake.
Make a day of it
South Willen Lake is linked into the Ouzel Valley Park via the South Lake.