Waterhall Park

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Don’t miss
A public footpath leading 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.

Waterhall 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.

These days 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 look out over the open farmland to Brickhill Woods and the Woburn estate in the distance.

Wildlife
Waterhall is a wonderful spot to study the life of the riverbank.  Evidence of Otters moving into the area has been noted.

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

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

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

Make a day of it
Waterhall Park is linked into the rest of the parks system via the canal towpath which passes through Fenny Stratford and emerges at the southern edge of Caldecotte Lake, from where you can continue on into the Ouzel Valley Park.

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Opening Times
The park is open at all times.

Address
Waterhall Park forms the eastern border of Water Eaton in south Bletchley. It can be reached from Fenny Stratford or Bletchley for those coming from within Milton Keynes, or, from the south, via the A4146 Fenny Stratford bypass.

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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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    Originally built as a 'balancing lake' for the River Ouzel, Walton Lake is one of the richest spots in Milton Keynes to enjoy wildlife.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities on site; there are pubs in both Woughton and in Simpson (about the same distance to the south)

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    Willen Lake North is home to one of Milton Keynes’ best-known landmarks, the first Peace Pagoda to be built in the western world - and to a rich and varied bird population.

    Refreshments
    Nearest refreshments are at the Lakeside Hotel and Cafe (weekends and school holidays) at South Willen Lake. The Camphill Community runs a vegetarian café opposite the main car park.

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    The Watersport Centre at Willen Lake, come on down and hire a boat!

    Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Visitors take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. It’s a great place to entertain all ages of family and friends, whether it’s a visit to the café or restaurant, a stroll, trying a beginners’ course in sailing or hiring a pedalo or bike.

    Refreshments
    The one4six café and The Lakeside Pub operated by Fayre and Square.