Teardrops Lakes

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Don’t miss
The Teardrop Lakes are an important part of the city’s balancing lake system, able to take storm waters to prevent flooding of housing areas. They also provide valuable leisure facilities for the city’s residents. while the variety of habitats, including dense reedbeds, makes the lakes an excellent spot to enjoy wildlife.

A circuit of the first three lakes, starting from the car park and using leisure routes and redway, is almost 2km – the ideal distance for a lunchtime stroll. For those with more time, head under the roadbridge into Loughton to follow the brook right up the North Loughton Valley.

A viewpoint on the Knowlhill side of the lakes is a steep climb but offers an interesting perspective on the city’s skyline.

Sport
Fishing is permitted in designated areas around the lakes. Contact Milton Keynes Angling Association for details. The park also boasts a cricket pitch and bridlepath and is a popular spot for cycling.

Events
The Teardrop Lakes host occasional try fishing sessions, as well as featuring in organised bike rides year round.

Car parking
Free car parking at the following locations:
Off Davy Avenue, adjacent to the cricket pitch
Off Redland Drive (access under the H6 Childs Way)
Off Garforth Place

Toilets
There are no public toilets at the Teardrop Lakes.

Disabled access
There are good surfaced paths around the lakes. The range of environments means there is no access to the water’s edge in some places.

Make a day of it
The Teardrop Lakes lie within the Loughton Valley Park. Using the leisure routes you can extend your outing to the south, skirting the National Bowl to cross over into Furzton Lake and follow the stream down into the Tattenhoe Valley Park. Or use the leisure route to head through Loughton village into Lodge Lake, and, beyond there, north towards Lodge Lake and Bradwell Abbey.

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Opening Times
The park and car parks are open at all times.

Address
The lakes lie between Knowlhill and the A5 and mainline railway behind Winterhill and are most easily accessed from Davy Avenue.

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  • Stony Stratford Nature Reserve

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    In 2008 with support from the Riverside Parks Group, work began to re-establish Stony Stratford Nature Reserve as a major local wildlife park. Parties of volunteers have cleared islands of scrub allowing Wildfowl to nest. There are also renovated and painted bird hides and the ponds have been cleared of invasive vegetation as well as the restoration of a sand martin nest bank, which has enabled Kingfishers to nest successfully.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities at the reserve, but Stony Stratford high street is just a few minutes away.

  • Tattenhoe Valley

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    Tattenhoe Valley park

    Tattenhoe Valley Park runs like a thread from Furzton Lake through Emerson Valley, Tattenhoe and Tattenhoe Park, following the meanderings of the Loughton Brook until it leaves Milton Keynes at Bottledump Roundabout.

    Refreshments
    Shops can be found at local centres on each of the estates the brook passes through.

  • The Toot

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    This small pasture area at Shenley Church End is a scheduled ancient monument because in 1239 AD it was a moated motte and bailey castle, home to the family of Hugh, Earl of Chester. The motte and bailey castle consisted of an earth-built mound (the motte) normally topped with a timber tower, standing in a flat fortified enclosure (the bailey).

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

  • Tombs Meadow

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    Tombs Meadow is an agricultural meadow that is regularly used for grazing sheep. It is joined with the Ouse Valley Park on its northern edge, and Millfield on its southern edge. You can walk through Tombs Meadow to both of these other areas of parkland.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities available on site but the main high street of Stony Stratford is a few minutes’ walk away.