Giffard Park, near Newport Pagnell, takes its name from the Giffard family who were historic landowners in the area. The local streets take their names from places in the Thames and Chilterns region. It is a residential area bordering the Grand Union Canal and has some local shops and a school. The railway walk runs through the northern part of the estate not far from the 'village pond'. The city of Milton Keynes now provides for most people's needs including a very good communication system of roads and rail. The mainline railway station provides fast, direct InterCity services to commute to London Euston and the North. Easy access to the main A5 road and M1 Motorway for Junctions 13 and 14, making both the M25 and M6 motorways respectively very accessible. Luton International Airport is approximately 25 miles away. The Central Milton Keynes shopping centre features one of the largest undercover shopping centres in the UK with extensive entertainment facilities including nightclubs, bars, restaurants and a new Theatre district. In the surrounding areas can be found a comprehensive range of fitness/health clubs, indoor and outdoor sports centres and quality golf courses plus the internationally renowned Stables venue at Wavendon. Further leisure facilities include the National Hockey Stadium, bowling alleys, an ice rink and several large multiplex cinemas, the largest indoor ski slope in the UK plus dedicated water sports and equestrian facilities, all within easy access. facilities, all within easy access.