Walk 5: Ouzel Valley and Caldecotte

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Difficulty: 3
Length: 5.3 miles
Time: Allow 2 hours 45 minutes
Car parking: Available at Caldecotte Lake, MK7 8HP

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.

This walk starts from the parking area at Caldecotte Lake North following along the edge of Simpson village and then alongside the River Ouzel. The route then loops around the small Walton Lake and then back down the Ouzel on the other side of the bank before then heading all the way around Caldecotte lake ending back at the start point.

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  • The Parks Trust hosted over 525 events and activities in their parks in 2019

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

  • The most popular places to host an event in 2019 included Campbell Park, Willen Lake South, Linford Wood and Caldecotte Lake

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Discover our parks

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Walton Lake

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    Originally built as a 'balancing lake' for the River Ouzel, Walton Lake is one of the richest spots in Milton Keynes to enjoy wildlife.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities on site; there are pubs in both Woughton and in Simpson (about the same distance to the south)

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