Waterhall Park

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About Waterhall Park

Waterhall Park was once pasture land with ridge and furrow still visible, farmed by Waterhall Farm which sat where the Lakes Estate now stands. But it takes its name from the local manor, whose estate it was once part of. The former watermill is now a private house with the disused mill race still running towards it. Today the only farming of the 22 acres is willow for cricket bats. Bat willows are one of the fastest-growing trees in Britain and can normally be harvested after 20 years. See the plantation in the south corner of the park.

From the picnic benches and seats scattered near the river bank, you can spot a variety of wildlife or look out over the open farmland to Brickhill Woods and the Woburn estate in the distance.

A public footpath that leads from the car park follows the meandering course of the River Ouzel, its banks lush with a profusion of colourful plants, its waters heavy with reeds and lilies. On its other side, Waterhall Park is bordered by the Grand Union Canal, beginning its journey through the city, shadowed by the towering columns of Lombardy Poplar trees which mark the broadwalk path by the canal.


There is a car park off Mill Road, at the north end of the park and the allotments car park at the southern end.

There are no public toilets at Waterhall Park. The nearest facilities are in nearby Fenny Stratford.

There is a picnic area adjacent to the Mill Road car park.


There is a hard surface path that runs around the park perimeter with some gentle slopes. The lower path adjacent to the river is at times of high rainfall subject to flooding. 

Parking spaces are unmarked. There is step-free access from Mill Road car park to the footpaths.

Benches are located across the park.

Waterhall Park is a quiet and peaceful park away from the bustle of the city.

Explore parks nearby

  • Ouzel Valley Park

    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.

  • Caldecotte Lake

    Planning an outdoor adventure in Milton Keynes? Explore the beautiful location of Caldecotte Lake. Whether its watersports, bird watching or children’s activities, you’re sure to have a great family day out, with lots of space for little ones to run around, plus some tranquil corners to relax as well.

  • Ashland Lakes

    Formerly known as the Simpson balancing reservoir, Ashland Lakes were formed in 2006 to provide a more attractive and interesting area of parkland for the adjoining housing development.

Facilities at Waterhall Park
  • Parking

  • Picnic Tables

  • Bridle Path

  • Seating

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