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Warning. Blue Green Algal Bloom in Black Park Lake

The water in Black Park lake is affected by blue green algal blooms. People and domestic animals should avoid contact with the water. Contact can lead to skin rashes, eye irritation, diarrhoea, vomiting, fever and muscular pain. In the event of contact with the water, please see medical/veterinary advice. Thank you for your co-operation.

Further information

Black Park Kiosk closed from 17th June

Black Park Kiosk will be closed from Monday 17th June for electrical improvement works planned, in preparation for site improvement plans. A temporary catering provision will be provided near Go Ape - a coffee trailer will be open daily, plus an ice cream van on weekends and school holidays. Sorry for any inconvenience caused

Black Park

About the Park

Black Park covers over 500 acres of woodland, heathland and open space in South Buckinghamshire.

With family friendly attractions, such as the adventure playground and Go Ape, miles of beautiful woodland tracks and trails, and opportunities for wildlife spotting, the park offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Park Map


Opening times

Black Park is closed now

24th March 2024 to 29th September 2024

8:00am - 8:00pm


Black Park Country Park
Black Park Road



Parking charges apply year round and start at £3.90 for up to 2 hours. There are height restrictions in place at our car park entrances (2m). View our full breakdown of parking and permit charges


Management Plan

Please click here to view a copy of our management plan for Black Park. 


Contact Us

Phone: 01753 511060



You’ll find public toilets at the top of the car park and at the Lakeside Café.  Both include disabled and baby changing facilities.


Take a short walk around the lake from the car park to the Lakeside Café for hot and cold meals, tea, coffee, cakes, snacks and of course ice cream! With indoor and outdoor seating available this is a great place to enjoy a meal in beautiful surroundings. Alternatively you can grab a coffee and hot and cold snacks at the refreshment kiosk at the top of the car park adjacent to Go Ape. The kiosk and Café are both run by San Remo Catering.

Changing Places Toilet

We have Changing Places Toilet facility at Black Park which is located adjacent to the toilets located by the Lakeside Café. For more information on Changing Places toilets click here.

Wheelchair Access

Free parking and designated spaces are available for blue badge holders in the car park. There is a tarmac path around the lake with seating at regular intervals and the café is accessible for wheelchairs. The majority of main paths throughout the park are hard stony paths with occasional loose stones. The park is mainly flat with no stiles and few gates and cattle grids. 


Adventure play area for younger children and treehouse play area for older children.

Pay and Display

Large pay and display car park. A full breakdown of charges can be found on our parking page

Go Ape

Spend some time in the trees at Go Ape Black Park with one of our 3 treetop activities, bounce around in the canopy on our Nets Adventure. For something ground based, enjoy an instructor lead session on a Segway or hire a bike and use your own pedal power to enjoy some of the 500 acres of woodland Black Park has to offer. 

Head to our What’s On pages to see our seasonal events’

Go Ape

Go Ape Black Park has three different treetop activities to choose from - Adventure for anyone from 1m tall, Adventure+ for over 6s (and 1.2m), and Challenge for anyone from 1.4m tall.  We have Nets Adventure which has no lower age limit, but you'll need to be able to hold your own on bouncy trampoline nets way up in the canopy! On the forest floor, we have all-terrain Segways which is an hour instructor-led session touring some of the 500 acres of woodland Black Park has to offer. Or if you prefer to use your own pedal power, we have a range of bikes for all ages.


Younger children can run wild in the safety of our Emma Sallis play area, which contains a selection of climbing equipment and slides.  It is located near to the Lakeside Café and picnic benches. Alice’s Treehouse, located near the Go Ape facility, is a small play area for older children.


There are 10 miles of well surfaced tracks for cycling.  Bring your own bikes or hire a mountain bike from Go Ape Black Park.  There is a no cycling zone along one end of the lake – pay attention to signs on site.


There are extensive forest paths and trails for walkers and runners of all abilities, more information can be found on our Walks & Trails page. Explore for yourself or join an organised event. There is a weekly Parkrun at 9am every Saturday. Simply Walk run a volunteer led walk at Black Park every Thursday morning, starting in the car park. It is a great way to explore the park and meet friends.  For more information, see the parkrun and Simply Walk websites. 


Our orienteering packs contain a detailed map and instruction leaflet that will guide you around our extensive orienteering course - this is a great activity for children and groups. Download free here.


There is a variety of fish in Black Park Lake including Pike, Perch, Carp, Roach, Rudd, Bream and Tench. Click here to find out more about fishing and to purchase day and annual passes.

Dog Walking

Well behaved dogs and their humans are welcome in all of our parks; we do ask that dogs are kept under close control and that waste is picked up and disposed of considerately. Clear signage is displayed throughout all the parks regarding dogs-on-leads areas and dog free areas.

Model Boat Club

Black Park Model Boat Club is a friendly non-competitive club that is open to new members at any time. The club covers all aspects of model boating ranging from yachts to scale models on an informal basis but petrol engines and fast electrics are not allowed on the lake. The Club uses the lake at Black Park on Thursday afternoons from 12pm and Sunday mornings. Use of model boats are only permitted on the part of the lake between the outflow and first bench on the right on car park side of the lake, please do not deviate from this area especially towards the top of the lake towards our nature reserve. To find out more and how to join click here.