Nature & Parks in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes is not just roundabouts and mile long shopping centres!

Milton Keynes actually has some lovely parks and lakes! Perfect for walks, bike rides, picnics on a sunny day or walking the dog!

Here are a few of our favourites:

Campbell Park

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Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture mean it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the changing seasons. At the top of park is a memorial to one of Milton Keynes’ founders, Lord ‘Jock’ Campbell of Eskan, reading ‘If you seek his memorial look around’. A new piece of public art, the MK Rose, created by internationally renowned artist Gordon Young, was installed on the site of the former fountain and pond and officially launched in November 2013. Nearby, the Belvedere, offers views into Bedfordshire. Look out, too, for the labyrinth with a working sundial at its centre. Chain Reaction, the distinctive sculpture overlooking Campbell Park, celebrates all those who played a part in Milton Keynes’ creation. It is one of several artworks in the park which are also part of the Milton Keynes Art-walk.

 

 

Caldecotte Lake

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Six things you won’t want to miss

  1. Tuck into lunch under the sails of our very own windmill at Caldecotte Lake. Home to family dining pub the Caldecotte Arms and the adjoining Premier Inn, you can relax as you soak up the scenic lakeside views.
  2. Challenge each other to a game of table tennis on the outdoor ping pong table or test your fitness on the trim trail – located near the Caldecotte Business Park, it features a number of pieces of outdoor gym equipment provided by Walton Community Council and is free to use.
  3. Calling all dinosaur lovers! Did you know that our 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.
  4. From abseiling and archery to water zorbing and wind surfing, there is a children’s group activity centre, ideal for little ones looking for active things to do in MK. Overlooking the north section of the lake, the privately owned outdoor education centre (The Caldecotte Xperience, Action 4 Youth) offers residential accommodation, in addition to outdoor activities and team building.
  5. All aboard the Caldecotte Lake train! Run by volunteers from the M.K. Model Engineering Society, the fun miniature railway is open for rides every Sunday from April to October, including bank holidays and special event days.
  6. Children can burn off some steam in the colourful outdoor play area at Caldcotte Lake, complete with climbing frame, nest swing, roundabout and swing rockers.  Have you visited Caldecotte Lake? Share your adventures with us on Facebook and Twitter. Tag us @theparkstrust

 

Furzton Lake

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Don’t miss
Providing a striking landmark at Furzton is the Triple Star Head sculpture by Romanian artist Paul Neagu, shaped like a comet with its tail erupting from the earth.

Look out, too, for the Silhouetted Portals by Wendy Hitchings – wooden sculptures on the islands near Lynmouth Crescent, which have proved popular with the resident bird population.

 

 

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