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Little Britain Lake

Situated between the River Colne and Frays River is an attractive lake, which is called 'Little Britain' because of its similar shape to the British Isles.

The lake covers approximately 14 acres, and was formed as the result of gravel extraction in the early 1930s. The islands in the lake were made from Hornbeam stakes and woven with Hornbeam/birch to 2ft below surface then top 2ft with willow. All materials were from London Borough of Hillingdon woods in the north of the borough. Some of the islands were new and others were existing islands that were reinforced and provide a safe habitat for many water birds, such as mallards and tufted ducks.

The lake offers a beautiful location for a gentle stroll or summer picnic, and provides a quiet respite from the neighbouring towns of Uxbridge and Yiewsley. The pathway, laid around the western edge of the lake in the early part of 2005, has been identified as especially suitable for users of wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs, and people with impaired mobility.

Little Britain is open every day throughout the year. There is also a picnic area on site.

Little Britain is approximately 300 metres off Cowley Road. The Trails of Discovery, Cowley, encircles the site. There is also a Healthy Walk for Little Britain.


Packet Boat Lane, Cowley UB8 2JR

Opening and closing hours for the park.


  • Picnic benches
  • Toilets

How to get there

Pedestrian access points: Either Cowley Mill Lane or Packet Boat Lane.

Car: Via Old Mill Lane and Packet Boat Lane, car parking available.

Public transport: Bus 222 then walk 300m, the nearest train station is West Drayton.

If you would like to notify us of any maintenance queries within the park, please report below.

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