North Loughton Valley Park

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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.

Don't miss
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 concrete cows, created by artist Liz Leyh in 1978, also live in the park and are located off the H3 Monks Way at Bancroft.

Sport
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 Giles Liddiard by email at bancroftparkpetanqueclub@gmail.com.

The Millennium Circular Cycle Route runs through North Loughton Valley Park.

Car parking
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.

Toilets
There are no facilities within the park.

Disabled access
There are all weather paths throughout the park but please note that some paths are liable to flooding at times of heavy rainfall.

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Opening Times
The park and car parks are open at all times throughout the year. There is no admission fee.

Address
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.

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  • Mount Farm Trials Park

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    Mount Farm Trials Park is located off the V8 Marlborough Street, by the Mount Farm roundabout. This site is the dedicated practice ground for Milton Buzzard Motorcycle Club and you must be a member of the club to access the site.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities on site but a pub can be found along Bond Avenue in Mount Farm, close to the lake. Alternatively, Caldecotte is a short drive away.

  • Newlands

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    Newlands is an area of linear parkland between Willen Lake and Campbell Park, which also borders the canal. Perhaps best known for the Tree Cathedral, which is a must-visit, there is plenty of other aspects of Newlands for visitors to enjoy.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities at Newlands. A cafe and pub restaurant can be found at nearby south Willen Lake.

  • Ouse Valley Park

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    The Ouse Valley Park lies in the floodplain of the Great Ouse which flows from Oxfordshire to the Wash. The park is the most rural of any found in Milton Keynes and is a great place to go to experience the feeling of the countryside without leaving the city. Old trees, hedgerows, meadows, and new plantations combine to provide excellent habitats for wildlife.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments can be found at Stony Stratford, Wolverton and New Bradwell alongside the park. At Old Wolverton the route passes directly by the Wolverton House pub restaurant.

  • 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.

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