Willen Lake North
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.
Fishing is permitted at designated points around the lake. Fishing is managed by Milton Keynes Angling Association.
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.
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.
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. Find out more about the various car parks in this area and parking charges on the Willen Lake website.
There are no toilets at North Willen, but there are public toilets by the play area on South Willen Lake.
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.