Things to do

Originally a gravel works, Emberton Country Park covers over 200 acres of attractive parkland in the village of Emberton, close to the historic town of Olney and just a few miles Northeast of Milton Keynes. The site was transformed by Milton Keynes Council into England’s first country park and offers something for everyone.

Read our visitors leaflet for more information.


Whether you are visiting for the day or camping, you can walk, jog, run, cycle or ride around over 5km of paths and trails winding their way around four lakes, through wooded glades and meadows - please note that there are some uneven walking surfaces and swimming, wading and paddling are not permitted in any of the park’s waters.

There are three dedicated children’s play areas, including a unique quarry experience which develops co-ordination and teamwork through play. Younger visitors can also complete our activity sheet while exploring the park.

Bird Watching

Come along and use our four bird watching platforms and bird hide - there are numerous species to see, from resident birds such as woodpeckers and kingfishers to migratory birds such as swifts, swallows, wintering ducks and cuckoos.


Enjoy fishing all year round on all four of our lakes.

Eating and drinking


There are two dedicated picnic areas - where possible, use reusable items for your picnic, such as reusable tubs for sandwiches and crisps, and reusable water bottles and reusable mugs for hot drinks.

BBQs and fires are not permitted in the main park area, only in the camping or static caravan area.

Please dispose of your leftovers correctly - we have recycling facilities available on site next to the café car park and there are large black communal rubbish bins for rubbish. Alternatively, please take you litter home. We ask that you leave the park as you would hope to find it.


The Grounds Café, which is just by the entrance, is a great place to meet with friends or stop for a bite to eat in between exploring the lakes and woodland areas. 

Help with litter picking

Help us to keep Emberton Country Park beautiful and safe for the wildlife by using one of our free litter picking kits as you wander around. Whether you are out on your own, with family, walking the dog or even jogging, litter picking as you go is a great way to have fun and help the environment at the same time!

Kits are available from the café - a £5 refundable deposit is required.

Emberton Country Park Contact

Emberton Country Park contact information

Emberton Country Park, Olney Road, Emberton MK46 5FJ