The Toot

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Facilities at The Toot
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Opening Times
The park is open at all times.
Address
The Toot is located off V3 Fulmer Street, right at the bottom edge of the square created by H6 Childs Way, V4 Watling Street, H5 Portway and V3 Fulmer Street. Nearest post code: MK5 6AE

During the medieval period, the parish of Shenley was unusual in that it had four main areas of settlement; Shenley Church End, Shenley Brook End, Westbury and East Green. Church End is and probably always was the main settlement in the parish with its church and toot (look-out hill) dominating the landscape.

The Toot mound and moat are most probably Anglo-Saxon. The high mound immediately outside the moat is a 20th century cover for a water cistern. One of the surrounding earthworks could be the platform of the medieval Manor House demolished in 1774; the other earthworks are probably the remains of 18th century garden landscaping.


Don’t miss
Be sure to follow the avenue of lime trees that circle right the way round the outside of the Toot.

Look out for wildflowers on the Toot in springtime – you should see bluebells and wood anemones among others.

Depending on when you visit, you may see our sheep or cattle grazing the area – please keep dogs on leads at all times when around livestock. Livestock grazing has taken place at The Toot for many years and is the most efficient way of maintaining the grassland as well as encouraging the development of wildflower species. We do not use conventional mowers in this area so that we can ensure this spectacular habitat remains intact for our pollinators and other insects and birds which it attracts.

Across the V3 Fulmer Street is Shenley Wood, an excellent spot for picnics and well-provided with a range of seats, tables and benches. Walk across from The Toot via the footbridge into the SuDS (Sustainable Drainage System) area – this is seeded with wildflowers so makes a beautiful spot to relax in summer months.

Car parking
Car parking can be found down Aldwycks Close, off Vache Lane and V3 Fulmer Street. A footpath from here can be followed into the Toot.

Toilets
There are no public toilets in the park.

Disabled access
There is no disabled access to the site. The site can be viewed from public paths going around the site, albeit with some gradients.

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  • Tattenhoe Valley

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    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.

  • Teardrop Lakes

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    Part of the Loughton Valley Park, the four Teardrop Lakes are also a destination in their own right, providing fishing waters and a peaceful escape for those working in nearby offices.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities at the Teardrop Lakes. The nearest shops are at Shenley Lodge and Shenley Church End local centres.

  • 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.

  • Tree Cathedral

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    Contrary to what many believe, Milton Keynes does have its own cathedral. But like the city itself, this cathedral is unique - made from bark and leaves rather than bricks and mortar.

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

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