About Willen Lake

Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park.  Over one million visitors a year 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.

The park is open year round and there is no admission fee, other than during special events when some areas may be unavailable to the general public, or a fee may be charged. (Note that car parking charges apply.)

Leisure activities at Willen Lake are managed by Whitecap Leisure Ltd, a trading subsidiary of The Parks Trust.


Play area, public toilets, trim trail, cycle hire, boat hire, fishing, picnic tables, seating, BBQ area, refreshments, watersports, high ropes.


The one4six café offers a range of delicious paninis, sandwiches, cakes, hot and cold drinks and is open every day. You can find the café near the mini bowl and between WakeMK and the children’s play area. There are seats in the café as well as plenty of picnic benches and tables outside if you prefer to eat al fresco.

There is a Premier Inn overlooking the lake, with a Fayre & Square restaurant attached.

Getting here

Willen Lake is only minutes from central Milton Keynes, the M1 and A5. It is located between the H5 Portway and H6 Childs Way, directly off the V10 Brickhill Street, Milton Keynes MK15 0DS.

Car parking

There is paid car parking with CCTV in operation at the following locations:

Charges are:

50p for up to 30 mins

90p for up to 1 hour

£1.40 for up to 2 hours,

£2.40 for up to 4 hours

£3.80 for up 8 hours

£4.50 for up to 24 hours

Car parking 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.

Improvement Work at Willen Lake - Parking

Whilst our improvement work continues we just wanted to highlight the available parking locations; the South Bay car park, the Tree Cathedral car park and The North Lake car park. During busy days we will also be opening overflow parking at Newlands which is accessible via the top of Livingston Drive (access road to David Lloyd & Gulliver’s Land). Please note that parking is pay and display at all of these locations.

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 and of your nil value tax disc.   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

What’s On

We have a great calendar of events including the colourful dragonboat racing, charity fun runs, and open-air theatre. Find out more about what’s on at Willen Lake here.

Don’t Miss

Other ‘don’t miss’ attractions at Willen Lake include Aerial Extreme, the biggest high rope adventure course in the South of England, and WakeMK, one of the UK’s largest cable wakeboard and waterski centres.

In addition to the great activities at Willen Lake footpaths and cycleways connect the south lake to the north lake which is a haven of tranquility. Home to the Peace Pagoda and mini stone circle the north lake is a quiet place for contemplation and relaxation. For wildlife enthusiasts it attracts an amazingly rich and varied bird population and a great place to appreciate the changing seasons.

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