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Willen Lake South

South Willen Lake is the busiest park in the region, attracting more than one million visitors each year to take part in water sports, golf, high ropes, special events, or to jog, picnic, walk, play, or just watch everyone else!

What to see and do

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Discover more about Willen Lake here.

Aerial Extreme is the park’s newest attraction, a challenging adventure ropes course for all ages.

A miniature railway operates at summer weekends and some school holidays.



Willen Lake South offers a range of leisure activities including sailing, windsurfing and paddlesports.  These are managed by Willen Lake, a trading subsidiary of The Parks Trust.

The cable tow, operated by WakeMK, is the perfect way to learn or develop wakeboarding, water skiing or kneeboarding skills.


Back on shore Willen Lake also boasts a Trim Trail enabling joggers to combine aerobic exercise with their run.

The Freedom Fitness Club can be found overlooking the lake at Willen.


Fishing at the lake is managed by Milton Keynes Angling Association.


Willen Lake has two football pitches which are available to hire. The pitches are covered in state of the art 3G astroturf which provides a brilliant playing surface.


South Willen Lake is part of an orienteering course used by the South Midlands Orienteering Club.

Table Tennis

There are two permanent outdoor ping pong tables located near the bandstand - bats and balls are provided and they are free to use.


For full programme see our events pages or visit www.willenlake.org.uk.  


Like its neighbour, North Willen Lake, South Willen is rich in birdlife, particularly during winter months when it provides a night-time roost for a range of water species


Public Toilets

Trim Trail

Cycle hire


Mini golf

Picnic tables


Play area


There is a designated barbecue area near the 'north' car park, off Newlands Roundabout, V10 Brickhill Street.  For groups of 10 or more permission is needed from info@theparkstrust.com

Need to know

Getting there

South Willen Lake lies between the H5 Portway and H6 Childs Way, directly off the V10 Brickhill St.

Opening times

The park is open year round and there is no admission, other than during special events when some areas may be unavailable to the general public, or a fee may be charged.

Car parking

There is paid car parking with CCTV in operation at the following locations:

  • South Bay Car Park off Lakeside roundabout, V10 Brickhill St between (by the hotel, gym and The Lakeside pub).

Our South Bay Car Park operates using a pay and display system, which means you pay upon arrival into this car park. 

  • North Bay Car Park off Newlands roundabout, V10 Brickhill St (Splash 'n' Play, play areas and wakeboarding).

Our new North Bay Car Park operates using an auto number plate recognition (ANPR) system, which means you pay as you leave. You can pay by card over the phone or at the machines. Full instructions and terms and conditions are displayed in the North Bay Car Park and on the machines. 

Charges for both car parks are as follows;

Up to 30 mins £0.50                                                  Up to 1 hour £1.00
Up to 2 hours £1.50                                                   Up to 4 hours £2.50
Up to 8 hours £4.00                                                   Up to 24 hours £5.00
Up to 48 hours £10.00                                                
Max stay is 48 hours. 

All of our car parking is managed by Napier Parking. Annual permits are available from Napier Parking at £150 for all Willen Lake car parks and £80 for the Peace Pagoda and Tree Cathedral car parks only. You can download permits from Napier here.


Public toilets, open during daylight hours, are available alongside the café by children’s play area.


Refreshments are available at the Lakeside Hotel and the Park Cafe at weekends, school holidays and during the summer months.

Disabled access

There are good all-weather paths around the lake.

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South Willen Lake is linked into the Ouzel Valley Park via the South Lake.

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