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Parks & Lakes

Milton Keynes boasts over 6,000 acres of parkland, rivers, lakes and woodland including over 22 million trees – it truly is “the city in the country”.  

When you visit Milton Keynes you can’t help but notice the wide open green spaces and the huge number of wooded areas that help the city stand out from the crowd. Wide grass verges throughout the city mean it never seems too busy and trees line the boulevards in the centre centre. Miles of redways and pathways weave across the city meaning you can lose the hustle and bustle and enjoy some stunning scenery just a stone's throw away from the main areas. When you visit try to explore a different side of Milton Keynes and parks, lakes and green spaces cover 20% of the city.

The green spaces in and around Milton Keynes are managed by The Parks Trust and they run hundreds of events and activities across the year, many of which are free, to help young and old alike explore what Milton Keynes has to offer. Check out their events listings.

  • Campbell Park is the city’s very own “Central Park” close to the city centre, and provides a green oasis for residents and visitors alike
  • Willen Lake is a world of extremes, with the serene Peace Pagoda and masses of wild birds through to the crazy world of cable-tow wakeboarding and dragon-boat racing
  • The ancient woods of Shenley, Howe Park and Linford transport you to a wealth of wild flowers, animals and tranquil woodland walks
  • The River Ouzel winds its way through the city past traditional country pubs and the remains of a medieval community
  • The Grand Union Canal forms a living, breathing artery through the very heart of the city, allowing you to slow down your pace of life on a narrowboat or cruiser
  • Just outside Milton Keynes you can visit the beautiful Stowe Landscape Gardens which is a National Trust property

Milton Keynes offers visitors wonderful woodland walks, peaceful parks, quiet riverside rambles and thrilling lake activities – all in one great destination.

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To find out more about the parks and outdoor spaces within Milton Keynes, call us on +44 (0)1908 237450 or email us at