Willen Lake North

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Don’t miss
The Peace Pagoda was built by the monks and nuns of the Nipponzan Myohoji as a symbol of world brotherhood. Above it, cherry trees commemorate the victims of war, while prayers and messages of hope decorate the nearby One World Tree.

Alongside the Pagoda is the distinctive Buddhist Temple, where the public is welcome inside or to visit the grounds with their Japanese and Zen gardens.
Drawing on Native American culture, the stones of the Medicine Wheel are aligned with the earth’s energies so that thoughts and wishes expressed at its heart may be ‘amplified’.

At the north end of the lake you’ll find The Labyrinth, and Willen Hospice.
Find out about the artworks at Willen Lake and in our other parks here.

Sport

Fishing
Fishing at the lake is managed by Milton Keynes Angling Association.

Watersports
All watersports and leisure activities take place at Willen Lake South, we offer no watersports at Willen Lake North.

For full programme see our events pages.
 
Wildlife
Scrubland on the island is kept in check by volunteers to provide more varied habitats for a wide variety of bird species.

Nearby, bird scrapes have been created to provide the shallow, sheltered waters that attract wading birds to the site, while volunteers have helped build and install nesting boxes for Sandmartins.

The best views are from the birdhide on the south shore of the lake.

Car parking
Free parking is available at the following locations:
Beyond playing fields off Portland Drive, Willen village
V11 Tongwell St between H5 Portway and H4 Dansteed Way

There is a pay and display car park at the V10 Brickhill St between H5 Portway and H4 Dansteed Way (Pagoda and temple).  This car park is managed by Napier Parking.  Annual permits are available from Napier Parking at £150 for all Willen Lake car parks and £80 for the Peace Pagoda and Tree Cathedral car parks only.  You can download permits from Napier here.

Disabled parking concessions at Willen Lake
If you are a blue badge holder and are exempt from paying  vehicle  tax  you are eligible to claim a free annual parking  permit for Willen Lake (worth £150).  You can download an application form from www.napierparking.co.uk.  Together with your completed application form you will need to provide a copy of your blue badge. Please note that an administration charge of £10 will apply.
For more information please telephone Napier Parking Ltd on 01730 828103 or email services@napierparking.co.uk.

Toilets
There are no toilets at North Willen, but there are public toilets by the play area on South Willen Lake.

Disabled access
There are good all-weather paths around most of the lake with steep gradients at the flood control structure and up to Peace Pagoda. Access to the bird hide is via an unmade path: the alternative path is via the South Lake.

Make a day of it
North Willen Lake is linked into the Ouzel Valley Park via the South Lake.

Events taking place at Willen Lake North

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Opening Times
The park and car parks are open at all times throughout the year. There is no admission fee for the park, although one of the car parks is pay and display.

Address
North Willen Lake is situated between the H4 Dansteed Way and H5 Portway, and between V10 Brickhill St and V11 Tongwell St.

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  • Ashland Lakes

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    Formerly known as the Simpson balancing reservoir these lakes were formed in around 2006 to provide a more attractive and interesting area of parkland for the adjoining housing development at Ashland. The site comprises a chain of connected lakes and an ornamental pond with a fountain. Ashland Lakes still serve as a balancing reservoir to accommodate excessive rainfall so please note that the lakes can overflow from time to time.

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  • Atterbury Park

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    Atterbury is an interesting area of parkland that sits adjacent to the Broughton Brook linear park. With footpaths throughout it is a great place to visit as part of a wider exploration of the linear parks.

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    There are no refreshment facilities at Atterbury. The nearest facilities would be at Broughton local centre.

  • Blackhorse Wood

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    Blackhorse Wood is located off Wolverton Road, close to Stonepit Field and Great Linford Manor Park. The woodland has developed over the past forty years or so on former paddocks that straddled the embankment of the old Wolverton to Newport Pagnell railway line, which ceased being used in the 1960s and now forms the Milton Keynes Railway Walk (adopted foot/horse/cycle path).

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  • BMX Track

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    The BMX track is located at Pineham, with access off V11 Tongwell Street. The dedicated, professional level track is open to anyone who wishes to ride BMX bikes, and is the home of MK BMX Racing Club.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities on site but Willen Lake, which offers food and drink and toilet facilities, is a short drive away.

  • Brooklands Meadow Park

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    While The Parks Trust maintains Brooklands Meadow Park it is not yet officially our land and is currently owned by Places for People. A modern, well thought out flood retention site with a dam structure, it ensures the surrounding houses don’t flood in times of heavy rain. As the area develops, there are plans for this park to link up with the other linear parks nearby.

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    There are no facilities available on site but a pub can be found nearby in Broughton.

  • Broughton Brook

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    This park follows the Broughton Brook, from Magna Park near the M1 through Brooklands, Broughton Gate, Broughton and Pineham. It offers local residents an attractive and quiet place to escape into green space within the city. At Broughton Gate next to Southwold Crescent there is a popular children's play area, with another located at Kidderminster Walk.

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    There are no refreshment facilities at this park.

  • Broughton Brook Park

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    Broughton Brook park is an area of parkland bordering the Magna Park industrial estate. We have recently taken over management of a section of attractive parkland off the Erwood roundabout, with plans to take over further areas in future.

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  • Caldecotte Brook

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    This linear park follows the course of Caldecotte Brook from the city boundary at Wavendon Gate through Old Farm Park, Browns Wood to the Walnut Tree meeting place at Wadesmill Lane. At this point the brook flows into underground pipes on its way to be deposited into Caldecotte Lake.

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    There are no specific refreshment facilities at this park, but a small Tesco store is located near to the brook in Old Farm Park.

  • Caldecotte Lake

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    Planning an outdoor adventure in Milton Keynes? Explore the beautiful location of Caldecotte Lake. Whether its watersports, birdwatching 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.

    Refreshments
    The Caldecotte Pub & Grill is open for meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

  • Campbell Park

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    Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture mean it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the changing seasons.

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    There are no refreshment facilities in Campbell Park other than during special events. However, there are a wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants in the nearby city centre, theatre district and Xscape centre.

  • Canal Broadwalk

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    The Grand Union Canal enters Milton Keynes at the Ouse Valley Park at Old Wolverton and snakes in a dramatic arc right through the east of the city until it leaves Milton Keynes at Water Eaton in Bletchley.

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  • Elfield Nature Park

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    Elfield Nature Park is the hidden gem of Milton Keynes’ parks. A mixed landscape of woodland, grassland, scrub, ponds and ditches, the site is not normally open to the public but is very rich in flora and fauna.

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  • Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve

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    Set within Ouse Valley Park, the Floodplain Forest is the newest nature reserve in Milton Keynes and the most impressive wildlife habitat creation scheme in the city’s history.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities at this location.

  • Furzton Lake

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    Furzton Lake’s open views make it a popular choice for joggers, cyclists and walkers. Created to act as a basin for floodwaters during rainy spells, the lake has matured into an easily accessible and peaceful oasis for local residents, office workers and wildlife.

    Refreshments
    The Furzton Lake Hotel is open for meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

  • Hazeley Wood

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    Hazeley Wood was planted by Milton Keynes Development Corporation in 1991. The long-term aim was to create a mature oak woodland for the new city. After many years of being a field of trees Hazeley is finally beginning to look and feel like a woodland. But there is still a long way to go: the wood will not finally reach maturity until 2141.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities in the wood. The nearest shops are at Grange Farm, about ten minutes’ walk away, or Shenley Church End local centre or the Westcroft Centre, both of which are a few minutes' drive away.

  • Howe Park Wood

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    Howe Park is probably the woodland mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086. Parts of it may be rare surviving fragments of the 'wildwood' that covered the whole of lowland Britain after the last Ice Age, 6-11,000 years ago.

    Refreshments
    There is a café at Howe Park Wood serving cakes, drinks and cold foods.

  • Kents Hill Park

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    Kents Hill Park contains a small woodland which pre-dates Milton Keynes and is located on a hill in the area between Walton Hall and Crowborough Lane.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities available on site. The nearest local centre can be found in Kents Hill at Frithwood Crescent, which is a short drive away.

  • Kingsmead

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    This is a small area of parkland and woodland, which connects the North Bucks Way into the parks system via Tattenhoe and Westcroft. It is an ideal place to visit if you live in one of the nearby residential areas. The surrounding land is currently being developed into housing, so is likely to change considerably over the coming years.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities on site but Westcroft and Howe Park Wood are less than a mile away.

  • Linford Lakes Nature Reserve

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    The 37 hectare site consists of a large lake, reedbeds, wet woodland and several small meadows interlaced with a number of smaller lakes and ponds. Four bird watching hides are located giving fine views of the wildlife and beautiful scenery.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve other than during special events.

  • Great Linford Manor Park

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    Great Linford Manor Park is a special, heritage-rich park set within the old village of Great Linford. It contains features that were first laid out centuries ago, including ponds and a Wilderness Garden which represent the English Landscape style of garden design that became popular for country estates during the 18th Century.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments and food can be found nearby at The Black Horse and the Nag’s Head which are open for lunch and supper. Milton Keynes Arts Centre has a small café where drinks can be purchased.

  • Linford Wood

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    Enclosed in the year 1264 by Baron Von Pippard, the original owner of the Linford Manor estate, Linford Wood is the largest and oldest of the Trust's three ancient woodlands. Despite its location close to the city centre, Linford Wood provides a tranquil haven for wildlife and people. Find out more about how we manage Linford Wood by clicking here.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities within the wood but hot and cold drinks and other refreshments are available from the BP garage on the west side of the wood.

  • Lodge Lake

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    Lodge Lake is one of the city's ‘on-line’ balancing lakes. It was created in 1981 by building a dam across the Loughton Brook. This holds back water as flow rates in the brook increase, helping to prevent flooding in downstream areas. The lake is perfect for a short outing - a gentle walk around the lake edge takes about 30 minutes - with plenty of interest on and off the water year-round.

    Refreshments
    None on site; the nearest shops are located in Great Holm about five minutes’ walk to the west. A Chinese restaurant, the Kam Tong Garden, overlooks the lake.

  • Middleton

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    The Parks Trust looks after an area of informal meadows, long grass and ponds which is managed for wildlife. The land is located around the allotments which are owned by Broughton & Milton Keynes Parish Council. There is also a small community orchard next to the allotments.

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    No refreshments facilities are available.

  • Millfield

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    Encircled by water, with the River Great Ouse on one side and the Millrace on the other, Millfield is a relatively small area of floodplain that connects to the Ouse Valley Park.

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

  • Milton Keynes Rose

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    The Milton Keynes Rose located in our central city park Campbell Park, is a public space designed for commemoration, celebration and contemplation. Developed in partnership by The Parks Trust and the Cenotaph Trust, with support from Milton Keynes Council, the Milton Keynes Rose was created as a central civic space to host events significance and occasions of remembrance.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities at this site but the cafes and restaurants located at centre:mk are just a short walk away.

  • Mount Farm Trials Park

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    Mount Farm Trials Park is located off the V8 Marlborough Street, by the Mount Farm roundabout. This site is the dedicated practice ground for Milton Buzzard Motorcycle Club and you must be a member of the club to access the site.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities on site but a pub can be found along Bond Avenue in Mount Farm, close to the lake. Alternatively, Caldecotte is a short drive away.

  • Newlands

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    Newlands is an area of linear parkland between Willen Lake and Campbell Park, which also borders the canal. Perhaps best known for the Tree Cathedral, which is a must-visit, there is plenty of other aspects of Newlands for visitors to enjoy.

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

  • North Loughton Valley Park

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    This area of linear parkland runs from Blue Bridge at the Grand Union Canal down as far as Lodge Lake at Loughton Lodge. Its features include historical items and some world famous Milton Keynes icons!

    Refreshments
    The nearest shops and pubs are in Bradwell.

  • Ouse Valley Park

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    The Ouse Valley Park lies in the floodplain of the Great Ouse which flows from Oxfordshire to the Wash. The park is the most rural of any found in Milton Keynes and is a great place to go to experience the feeling of the countryside without leaving the city. Old trees, hedgerows, meadows, and new plantations combine to provide excellent habitats for wildlife.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments can be found at Stony Stratford, Wolverton and New Bradwell alongside the park. At Old Wolverton the route passes directly by the Wolverton House pub restaurant.

  • Ouzel Valley Park

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    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.

    Refreshments
    There is the Ye Olde Swan pub at Woughton on the Green and a further two pubs - the Barge and the Cross Keys – that are located on Newport Road in Woolstone village.

  • Oxley Park

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    The linear stretches of parkland at Oxley Park were created to serve the local housing development.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments are available from the local centre at Oxley Park.

  • Poplar Plantation

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    Poplar Plantation

    The Poplar Plantation was created during one of the city’s earliest plantation schemes, in 1971. Covering around six hectares it features a wide variety of different types of poplar as well as some cricket bat willows.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities in the Poplar Plantation but Willen Lake is just a short walk away.

  • Shenley Wood

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    Shenley Wood is one of three ancient woodlands in Milton Keynes, a wonderful spot for a quiet walk and to enjoy the abundant wildlife.

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

  • Stanton Low Park

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    Stanton Low Park lies to the north of Milton Keynes and offers attractive views across the valley of the River Great Ouse. It is one of Milton Keynes’ more recently-created parks (officially opened in 2016) and lies between the Oakridge Park residential area and the Linford Lakes Nature Reserve. A children’s play area has been provided for use by local residents.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments are available from the nearby Black Horse pub next to the Grand Union Canal. There are shops selling food at the Oakridge Park Local Centre.

  • Stonepit Field

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    Stonepit Field is the location for many events including wildflower walks and fossil hunts. It is also a great place for dog walking.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments are available from the nearby Black Horse pub.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Walton 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)

  • Waterhall Park

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    Hidden at the very southern corner of Milton Keynes, Waterhall Park is the perfect place to spot wildlife.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities at Waterhall Park. The nearest shops and cafes are at Serpentine Court, Fenny Stratford and Queensway, Bletchley.

  • Willen Lake South

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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.