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Review of Willen Lake

Willen Lake
Ranked #10 of 46 Fun & Games in Milton Keynes
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Over one million visitors a year take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. It’s a great place to entertain all ages of family and friends, whether it’s a visit to the café or restaurant, a stroll, trying a beginners’ course in sailing or hiring a pedalo or bike. The park is open year round and there is no admission fee, other than during special events when some areas may be unavailable to the general public, or a fee may be charged. (Note that car parking charges apply.) Leisure activities at Willen Lake are managed by Whitecap Leisure Ltd, a trading subsidiary of The Parks Trust.
Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed at a nearby hotel and were very pleased to find this just 10 minutes walk away. A country park by a lake, good footpath all around lake with good wheelchair access. Allow an hour to complete. It has a hotel, leisure centre and café overlooking the lake. A peaceful place to spend a few hours in the sun, and we walked round the lake many times during our stay, good exercise.

Thank Andrew S
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"peace pagoda"
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"water skiing"
in 19 reviews
"wake boarding"
in 12 reviews
"stone circle"
in 11 reviews
"boat hire"
in 9 reviews
"pub restaurant"
in 9 reviews
"feed the ducks"
in 10 reviews
"premier inn"
in 13 reviews
"small train"
in 6 reviews
"miniature railway"
in 7 reviews
"play area"
in 23 reviews
"nice walk"
in 11 reviews
"nice lake"
in 5 reviews
"aerial extreme"
in 8 reviews
"splash park"
in 7 reviews
"lovely park"
in 5 reviews
"car parking"
in 7 reviews

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Like this place. Have always come here since a kid. Lots to do, wakeboarding, sailing, or just walking around a little oasis in the middle of a city.

Thank lee C
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Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

I've lived in Milton Keynes all of my life and Willen Lake has always been a great day out! Lovely scenery from lush green grass, trees and hills! There are many pathways you can take around this beautiful lake with a lot to see! Great vistas showing the true sides of Milton Keynes, while encountering some modern art monuments along the way! (Commissioned by the MK art gallery I believe!) There are small climbing frames along the way which your kids can have a quick play on, as well as a big high wire adventure park! I myself have been on it for a small cost and it was great fun!

If you're looking for a peaceful walk alone, a cheeky run, a day out with the family...Willen Lake is your place! You can walk your dogs there, feed the ducks and geese...and even take a boat out to the lake for another small fee, which I've done myself and had a great time!

Once you've had your day out, the lakeside pub restaurant is great value and will provide you with your typical high quality pub meal!

I highly recommend! There's lots to do!

1  Thank Kendallsurprise
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Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

A lovely venue with loads to do. A wonderful high wire adventure trail, pedaloes, waterskiing, pitch n putt, playgrounds. A Japanese Peace Pagoda and Buddhist temple also worth visiting. Great modern sculptures dotted throughout. A pub for reasonable lunch/dinner as well as a cafe. A gym and hotel too! You can't go wrong here!! Parking good - payable.

Thank Cathy H
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

After parking very easy and walking through a walk way between the tree s I was amazed to discover The Pagoda in the middle of an unusual setting not far away there is a monks temple .
Also a stone circle which I will not spoil the reason this is here come and see for yourself.
pack a picnic or bring the BQ and enjoy this Un spoilt place pets children free to wander .just watch out for the crazy cycles who race past at times
lakes water sports boat climbing out door centre for adults and children you wont be disappointed please its worth a day out here
p.s. excellent place to eat here too overlooking the lake

Thank Ishma007
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