Parks and Run

    Our popular Parks and Run programme has been going for more than two decades. Parks and Run is a monthly programme of fun runs for all ages and abilities. Events usually take place on the first Sunday of each month starting at 10am. Each month the event moves to a different park, giving you the chance to explore new places and see new sights. There’s always a choice of distances, ranging from 2km for beginners to 10km for the fittest runners, and all routes are circular. Routes can be downloaded from each monthly entry on the events calendar.  Taking part is free and there’s no need to pre-book: just turn up!

    Please note that under 16's must be accompanied by an adult or have written permission signed by parent/guardian to take part.

    For details of future events see the events calendar.

    Parks and Run need your help!

    Could you be a Parks and Run volunteer leader? This commitment will only be a few times a year and will include leading runs, marking out routes and meeting the runners on the day. First aid training will be available. The Volunteer leader must be willing to run 10K.

    If you are interested, please do email us at events@theparkstrust.com.


    Why not get a reminder of our monthly Parks and Run events? You can receive this by signing up to the Parks and Run newsletter using the short form below;

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    • Fitness Groups & Clubs make up 72% of events & activities held in our parks

    • The Parks Trust hosted over 550 events in their parks in 2017

    Discover our parks

    • Willen Lake North

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      Willen Lake North is home to one of Milton Keynes’ best-known landmarks, the first Peace Pagoda to be built in the western world - and to a rich and varied bird population.

      Refreshments
      Nearest refreshments are at the Lakeside Hotel and Cafe (weekends and school holidays) at South Willen Lake. The Camphill Community runs a vegetarian café opposite the main car park.

    • Caldecotte Lake

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      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.

      Refreshments
      The Caldecotte Pub & Grill is open for meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

    • Broughton Brook

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      This park follows the Broughton Brook, from Magna Park near the M1 through Brooklands, Broughton Gate, Broughton and Pineham. It offers local residents an attractive and quiet place to escape into green space within the city. At Broughton Gate next to Southwold Crescent there is a popular children's play area, with another located at Kidderminster Walk.

      Refreshments
      There are no refreshment facilities at this park.

    • Shenley Wood

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      Shenley Wood is one of three ancient woodlands in Milton Keynes, a wonderful spot for a quiet walk and to enjoy the abundant wildlife.

      Refreshments
      There are no facilities on site but there is a range of pubs and shops in Shenley Church End about 10 minutes’ walk away to the east.

    • Furzton Lake

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      Furzton Lake’s open views make it a popular choice for joggers, cyclists and walkers. Created to act as a basin for floodwaters during rainy spells, the lake has matured into an easily accessible and peaceful oasis for local residents, office workers and wildlife.

      Refreshments
      The Furzton Lake Hotel is open for meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

    • Ouzel Valley Park

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      The Ouzel Valley Park meanders from Caldecotte Lake in the south to Willen Lake in the north. The park has a spacious, open atmosphere with long views. Much of the land is farmed by The Parks Trust rearing our own cattle and sheep, between the livestock you can still see the remnants of an old field system with the ridge and furrow still visible. Incorporating the historic villages of Woolstone and Woughton, the park is bordered on its western side by the Grand Union Canal.

      Refreshments
      There is the Ye Olde Swan pub at Woughton on the Green and a further two pubs - the Barge and the Cross Keys – that are located on Newport Road in Woolstone village.