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Caldecotte Lake

About Caldecotte Lake

Caldecotte is another hugely popular lake in Milton Keynes. With grass bank verges to take in the sunshine and acres of open space to take in the fresh air, you will feel a welcome warm feeling away from the hustle and bustle of day to day life.


The full walk around Caldecotte Lake is 4.38miles (7km). Caldecotte Lake is looked after by The Parks Trust, an independent charity that cares for over 6,000 acres of parkland and green space in Milton Keynes.

What to do at Caldecotte Lake

​There’s more to Caldecotte Lake than just acres of beautiful parkland and watersports facilities – There are a variety of water birds and other wildlife at Caldecotte Lake that call its serene waters home.

For those people who love to birdwatch, the southern end of Caldecotte Lake is the perfect spot for you to visit. The south shoreline is an excellent habitat for waterfowl, dragon and damselflies and the insects they feed on, making it the perfect sanctuary for wildlife in Milton Keynes.

Key features of Caldecotte Lake

If you want sailing lessons or you’re an experienced rower, you’ll find the boating clubs at Caldecotte cater to all abilities. Milton Keynes Canoe Club, Milton Keynes Rowing Club and Milton Keynes Sailing Club all share a clubhouse at the water sports centre on the south east shore.


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. Email for any fishing enquiries.

The Caldecotte Lake train is another fun attraction for all of the family to enjoy! The train is run by volunteers from the M.K. Model Engineering. Open from April to October, including bank holidays and special event days. Click here for full details.

There is an outdoor play area at Caldecotte Lake, complete with climbing frame, nest swing, roundabout and swing rockers which is situated next to the pub.

Calling all dinosaur lovers! Did you know that Caldecotte lake is famous for the huge skeleton of an Ichthyosaur discovered during the lake’s excavation? Thought to be 150 million years old, the fossilised dinosaur can now be seen at Milton Keynes Central Library.

Food & Drink

The Caldecotte Lake Pub & Grill (Greene King) is a large restaurant and a converted windmill building, situated on the edge of the lake waters. The location of this pub provides great views over the lake whilst eating your meals or drinking your favourite drink. They serve a wide variety of snacks & meals with something available for all of the family.


Free parking is available at the following car parking areas in Milton Keynes: H10 Bletcham Way eastbound (hotel and play area), Monellan Grove, off H10 Bletcham Way westbound, Simpson Road, Simpson.

There is a private car park at Monellan Crescent, Caldecotte for customers using the Caldecotte Lake Watersports Centre. 


There are no public toilets available however, the Caldecotte Arms has customers toilets during opening hours (they are extremely friendly & welcoming)


There are good clear paths around the lake with some steep gradients at the north end of lake.

How to get there

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