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Willen Lake

About Willen Lake

Willen Lake has two parts, North and South, and is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Claims have also been made that it is one of the best lakes in the whole of the UK to visit.

Willen Lake is the perfect picturesque location for a stroll or a run. A circular route around both lakes is approximately 5km, but you can of course change your route by completing a figure of 8 of the North & South lake, or be venturing slightly off course into Willen Village. 

What to do at Willen Lake

It offers a wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy, including water and land activities. Activities include the 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.


Not only is Willen Lake a great place to engage in activity but it offers an extensive walk of the North & South lake with plenty of nature for you to soak in.

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 which are open for everyone to enjoy. You will also find exercise equipment around the lake if you fancy a quick outdoor workout.

Key features of Willen Lake

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.


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 or the MKAA on for any fishing enquiries.

Food & Drink


Food & drink can be purchased at one of many outlets at Willen Lake. 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 is also a Premier Inn overlooking the lake if you fancy an overnight stay. During peak season, other transportable foot outlets such as Ice cream vans, doughnut vans & more, attend the park.


Paid car parking with CCTV in operation is available for use at Willen Lake South. Charging points for electric cars can be found at Willen Lake South. For more information regarding parking at Willen Lake, click here.


There are two public toilet buildings available, opening times may vary at each. One is based at the Splash 'N' Play' area and the other next to the wakeboarding centre.


Willen Lake is filled with surfaced paths which are great for disabled accessibility. There is a disabled access toilet also available by the 'Splash 'N' Play' park.

Photos of Willen Lake

How to get there

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