Willen Lake North
The Peace Pagoda was built by the monks and nuns of the Nipponzan Myohoji as a symbol of world brotherhood. Above it, cherry trees commemorate the victims of war, while prayers and messages of hope decorate the nearby One World Tree.
Alongside the Pagoda is the distinctive Buddhist Temple, where the public is welcome inside or to visit the grounds with their Japanese and Zen gardens.
Drawing on Native American culture, the stones of the Medicine Wheel are aligned with the earth’s energies so that thoughts and wishes expressed at its heart may be ‘amplified’.
At the north end of the lake you’ll find The Labyrinth, and Willen Hospice.
Find out about the artworks at Willen Lake and in our other parks here.
Fishing at the lake is managed by Milton Keynes Angling Association.
All watersports and leisure activities take place at Willen Lake South, we offer no watersports at Willen Lake North.
For full programme see our events pages.
Scrubland on the island is kept in check by volunteers to provide more varied habitats for a wide variety of bird species.
Nearby, bird scrapes have been created to provide the shallow, sheltered waters that attract wading birds to the site, while volunteers have helped build and install nesting boxes for Sandmartins.
The best views are from the birdhide on the south shore of the lake.
Free parking is available at the following locations:
Beyond playing fields off Portland Drive, Willen village
V11 Tongwell St between H5 Portway and H4 Dansteed Way
There is a pay and display car park at the V10 Brickhill St between H5 Portway and H4 Dansteed Way (Pagoda and temple). This car park 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.
Disabled parking concessions at Willen Lake
If you are a blue badge holder and are exempt from paying vehicle tax you are eligible to claim a free annual parking permit for Willen Lake (worth £150). You can download an application form from www.napierparking.co.uk. Together with your completed application form you will need to provide a copy of your blue badge. Please note that an administration charge of £10 will apply.
For more information please telephone Napier Parking Ltd on 01730 828103 or email email@example.com.
There are no toilets at North Willen, but there are public toilets by the play area on South Willen Lake.
There are good all-weather paths around most of the lake with steep gradients at the flood control structure and up to Peace Pagoda. Access to the bird hide is via an unmade path: the alternative path is via the South Lake.
Make a day of it
North Willen Lake is linked into the Ouzel Valley Park via the South Lake.
Useful information about getting to our parks
The park and car parks are open at all times throughout the year. There is no admission fee for the park, although one of the car parks is pay and display.
North Willen Lake is situated between the H4 Dansteed Way and H5 Portway, and between V10 Brickhill St and V11 Tongwell St.