Ashland Lakes

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    Formerly known as the Simpson balancing reservoir, Ashland Lakes were formed in 2006 to provide a more attractive and interesting area of parkland for the adjoining housing development.

    The site is made up from a chain of connected lakes and features an ornamental pond with a fountain. Ashland Lakes is still a balancing reservoir and is designed to accommodate excessive rainfall so please be mindful that the lakes can overflow from time to time.

    When the ponds were dug out the spoil was transported to the Caldecotte Experience youth activity centre at Caldecotte Lake to create a large mound containing underground tunnels that can now be explored by visitors!

    Public Art
    If you were to stroll towards the western end of the park adjacent to Ashland Wood, you’ll find the sculpture Log Wave, or more commonly known as the Ashland snake! This 120-metre-long timber sculpture was created in 2014 by the artist Chris Drury and is currently the longest piece of public art in Milton Keynes.


    Car Parking
    There is a small car park at Penshurst Crescent, off the V8 Marlborough Street. Charging points for electric cars can also be found here.

    Explore parks nearby

    • Caldecotte Lake

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      Planning an outdoor adventure in Milton Keynes? Explore the beautiful location of Caldecotte Lake. Whether its watersports, bird watching or children’s activities, you’re sure to have a great family day out, with lots of space for little ones to run around, plus some tranquil corners to relax as well.

    • Walton Lake

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      Originally built as a 'balancing lake' for the River Ouzel, Walton Lake is one of the richest spots in Milton Keynes to enjoy wildlife.

    • Ouzel Valley Park

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      The Ouzel Valley Park meanders from Caldecotte Lake in the south to Willen Lake in the north. The park has a spacious, open atmosphere with long views. Much of the land is farmed by The Parks Trust rearing our own cattle and sheep, between the livestock you can still see the remnants of an old field system with the ridge and furrow still visible. Incorporating the historic villages of Woolstone and Woughton, the park is bordered on its western side by the Grand Union Canal.

    Facilities at Ashland Lakes
    • Parking

    • Electric Car Charging

    How to get here

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