Willen Lake South

    Willen Lake South is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. It offers a wide range of activities on and off the water with something for everyone to enjoy, including Treetop Extreme, the county’s only urban high ropes course, outdoor splash park Splash ‘n’ Play, and watersports such as wakeboarding, canoeing and stand up paddleboarding. It’s a great place to entertain family and friends of all ages, whether it’s a visit to the café or restaurant, a stroll, trying a watersports course or hiring a pedalo.

    What to see and What to do

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    There is lots to do at Willen Lake, making it the perfect destination for a family day out. Alongside the paid activities such as Splash ‘n’ Play, Treetop Extreme and watersports, there is plenty to enjoy for free. Willen Lake offers a 3,500m² play area that can be used by children of all ages, all year round. There are also play and trim trails located at different points around the lake.

    Stop off at the dedicated platforms by the edge of the lake and feed the many ducks and wild waterfowl there; remember to bring seed mixes, tinned sweetcorn, defrosted peas or berries rather than bread as it is bad for them and they struggle to digest it.

    Willen Lake is the perfect picturesque location for a run or walk – all year round. A circular route around both lakes is approx. 5km, but you can change this up to make it longer or shorter as required. A 5km Parkrun is held at the lake every Saturday if you like to run with a group.

    There are plenty of open areas to enjoy a picnic, play games or simply relax in the sun. We also have a number of designated places for BBQs, for more information visit our BBQ page

    Car parking

    Paid car parking with CCTV in operation is available for use at Willen Lake South. For more information please visit here .

    Charging points for electric cars can be found at Willen Lake South.

    Refreshments

    The one4six café offers a range of delicious paninis, sandwiches and cakes as well as hot and cold drinks and is open every day. You can find the café near the children’s play area and wakeboarding centre. There are seats in the café as well as plenty of picnic benches and tables outside if you prefer to eat al fresco. During peak season you will also find many other food concessions available at the lake.

    There is a Premier Inn overlooking the lake, with a Fayre & Square pub attached. Please check their websites for opening times and more information.

    Disabled access

    There is good access at Willen Lake, with surfaced paths around the lake and dedicated parking spaces at both the North and South car parks. A disabled toilet can be found in the Splash ‘n’ Play complex.

    Drones

    Willen Lake is managed by The Parks Trust and as such falls under the Trust’s dedicated drones policy. For more information please visit: http://www.theparkstrust.com/about-us-about-us/drones .

    Fishing
    Fishing is permitted in certain areas of the lake, although this is dependent on the time of year and other activities that are taking place. For more information please contact us on willenlake@theparkstrust.com or the MKAA on info@mkaa.co.uk

    Events and courses taking place at Willen Lake

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      Opening Times
      The park is open at all times, although watersports and other activities will have their own hours of operation. Please see the dedicated web page for each activity for more information. Please note that car parking charges apply.

      Address
      Willen Lake South is located between the H5 Portway and H6 Childs Way, directly off the V10 Brickhill Street. Postcode: MK15 0DS.

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      • 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 North

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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.