North Loughton Valley Park
About North Loughton Valley Park
Discover North Loughton Valley Park, a linear parkland in Milton Keynes with balancing lakes that accommodate excessive water during heavy rainfall, historical treasures and iconic landmarks. The park offers unique experiences, such as the famous concrete cows that residents know and love to the captivating ruins of a Roman Villa at Bancroft, where you can engage in the popular game of Petanque.
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 toilet facilities within the park.
The park is also home to Bancroft Petanque Piste, which can be found near the Roman villa site. This facility 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.
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 park also has a fascinating history with examples of medieval fields, as well as a natural spring that used to provide water for the nearby railway line.
Bancroft Park is home to the iconic concrete cows, created by artists Liz Leyh & Bill Billings in 1978, also live in the park and are located off the H3 Monks Way at Bancroft.
There are all weather paths throughout the park but please note that some paths are liable to flooding during periods of heavy rainfall.