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The beautiful lake one hour from London that has a giant obstacle course on it

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Have you spent most of lockdown battling through the slime, trying to earn crowns on the video game Fall Guys? Or perhaps you are a Total Wipeout fan and loved watching contestants pit themselves against the gruelling physical hurdles on TV?

Well now you have the chance to have a go at an obstacle course in real life, but with the added comfort of taking part on the water (which is definitely better if you fall off).

A massive outdoor activity centre, complete with inflatables and watersport facilities, has been set up on a lake one hour away from North London.

The new £5 million facility allows visitors to test their skills over 30 giant obstacles, enjoy wakeboarding, hire a pedalo and finish the day refuelling in a two-storey café with stunning lake views.

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Whether you want to have a go yourself or watch others take part from the lake cafe, there is something for everyone (The Parks Trust)

Where is this new centre, you might ask? Just a short trip down the M1 to Milton Keynes.

Since Saturday, June 26, visitors can head to Willen Lake for a fun-filled day out, even if the sun stays behind the clouds.

All activities can be booked from the building on the edge of the lake, including entry into the Aqua Park, as well as online.

A spokesperson for The Parks Trust, who funded the project, said: “Part of the improvement works at Willen Lake also include a large extension to the already popular play area.

“The new extended play area has been designed with different age ranges and needs in mind.

The centre and cafe have been updated with new facilities (The Parks Trust)

The centre and café have been updated with new facilities (The Parks Trust)

“The larger play area is suitable for slightly older children and will have a wide range of equipment. There is also an area suitable for younger children and those with additional needs that will be situated close to the new watersports centre.

“This area has been designed to allow for pushchairs and wheelchairs to easily access the play equipment.

“It will also have a wheelchair accessible roundabout, a basket swing and extra-wide slides so that there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The play area will be completed in time for the school summer holidays.”

The improvements at Willen Lake are entirely funded by The Parks Trust, the independent charity that cares for the green spaces in Milton Keynes.

The income generated from activities and car parking at Willen Lake contributes to this.

How to get there

Use the postcode MK15 0DS in your Sat Nav.

If you are on the M1, exit at Junction 14 and follow the signs to Central Milton Keynes until you pick-up the signs for Willen Lake.

There are a number of chargeable car parks at Willen Lake.

Alternatively direct trains to Milton Keynes Central run from London Euston and can be as quick as 30 minutes.

From Milton Keynes Central, it’s approximately 50 minutes walk or 12 minutes cycle. Alternatively, you can catch a bus or take a taxi.

To find out more about Willen Lake, including prices and to book one of their activities click here.

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