The Poplar Plantation is well worth checking out in spring, or autumn – children love running through the carpet of leaves that cover the ground towards the end of the year.
You may also see Willen Lake’s famous model steam train as it dips into the poplar plantation from the H6 flood arch.
This is a great location to build into a walk, run or cycle; you can carry on to Willen or access all of the Ouzel Valley from the Poplar Plantation and it is well signposted. It is also a good place for dog walking.
Be careful when the weather is windy as branches can fall off onto the ground below.
There is a dedicated car park off Woodall Close in Middleton. Nearest postcode: MK10 9JZ. You can walk from here into the Plantation.
There are no public toilets in the park.
Good if accessed from the car park; the leisure routes are hard surfaces.