Walton Lake

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About Walton Lake

Walton Lake was no longer needed to absorb floodwater once Willen and Caldecotte Lakes were created. The lake was therefore allowed to fill with reeds, creating a very different habitat from the open waters of most of Milton Keynes' other lakes.

In 2002 The Parks Trust, with funding from Shanks First, built a boardwalk into the reedbed. This wonderful route through the reeds features a bird hide, offering fantastic opportunities to see the bird and water life close-up.

It is the combination of habitats that makes Walton Lake so rich in wildlife. Surrounding the reedbed are ponds and open water, ancient hedgerows and hay meadow, plus the River Ouzel running nearby.

Mature reed beds need a lot of management to keep them in optimum condition. If they are neglected trees will start to invade, drying out the reedbeds until eventually the habitat is lost. To prevent this from happening the reedbed at Walton Lake is maintained by The Parks Trust's operations team, volunteers and contractors, regularly cutting back blocks of weed to create a diverse mosaic of open water, and blocks of reed of different heights.

Wildlife

Look out for Reed Warbler, Reed Buntings and Water Rail, Sparrowhawks, Green Woodpeckers and breeding Kestrels. During the summer months the lakeside hums with insect species such as dragon and damselfly. Walton Lake also has a colony of grass snakes whose shyness makes them hard to spot elsewhere.

Facilities

There is a free car park on site located off the Newport Road just south of H8 Standing Way.

There are no public toilets on site. The nearest facilities are in nearby pubs.

Accessibility

Access to the site is generally good and the boardwalks and bird hide were carefully built to be accessible to wheelchairs. Some users may find the slope on the west side of the lake to be a bit steep.

Explore parks nearby

  • Ouzel Valley Park

    Facilities:

    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

    Facilities:

    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.

  • Caldecotte Brook

    Facilities:

    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.

Facilities at Walton Lake
  • Parking

  • Bird Hide

How to get here

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