From beautiful lakes to woodlands and wide-open spaces, there are so many amazing areas to go for a walk in Milton Keynes.
The town has a bad reputation for only being home to concrete cows and roundabouts (both of which are true) but not many people also mention the incredible number of green spaces that Milton Keynes has on offer.
If you are looking to get out and enjoy some fresh air, this post should give you some inspiration!
Top 7 walks to enjoy in and around Milton Keynes:
Although Salcey Forest is actually located between Northampton and Newport Pagnell, it's an easy spot to reach by car from Milton Keynes.
Salcey Forest holds a special spot in my heart, as I have found memories of exploring the forest as a child.
The ancient woodland has history dating back to when it was a medieval royal hunting forest. Today, it is ideal for those wanting to step away from the hustle and bustle of life, and to enjoy a few hours in the forest.
The forest features walking trails, cycle trails, a children's play area, and a horse riding trail - so it's great, no matter how you want to explore it.
Once you've completed your walk, there's also an onsite cafe located next to the car park that sells a range of delicious homemade meals and cakes.
Parking: Entry to the forest is free, but car parking charges apply.
Location: Wootton Road, Hartwell, Northamptonshire, NN7 2HX
Located around five miles South East of Central Milton Keynes, Caldecotte Lake is easy to find - just look for the windmill!
Once there, in normal non-covid times, Caldecotte provides the perfect place to explore as a whole family. Its beautiful parkland is home to an array of wildlife - there are even two bird hides at the Southern end of the lake for visitors to use.
Outside of lockdown, Caldecotte Lake is also a haven for watersport lovers. Offering everything from water zorbing to wind surfing, there is even the option to book on to sailing lessons or to joing the boating clubs that are run from the water sports centre on the lake.
If you'd like to keep your feet firmly on dry land, there are a number of pathways that you can follow that will either take you for a leisurely stroll around the large lake, or across the fields and into the surrounding areas. And back at the lake, again outside of lockdown, you can enjoy a delicious lunch as you look out over the lake at the Caldecotte Arms.
Visiting with kids? Keep an eye out for information on when the fun minature railway will open again, or let them burn off steam on the outdoor play areas.
Keen fishers can rejoice too - as day tickets are available to buy from the Milton Keynes Angling Association and there are an array of fish in the lake, including roach, pike, bream and tench.
Address: Bletcham Way, Caldecotte, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK7 8HP
Little Linford Woods
Located on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, Little Linford Woods is not to be confused with the larger Linford Woods that is located in the heart of Milton Keynes.
Spanning over 40 hectares, there are a number of pathways to follow within the woods - all of which differ in length but that make it easy for you to zigzag your way through the woods without fear of getting lost.
The woodlands themselves don't take very long to explore, but they're ideal if you're looking for a way to pass an hour or so out in the countryside.
And if you'd like to explore further afield, Little Linford Woods is surrounded by miles of bridleways and pathways.
Parking: There is a very small car park with no parking charges
Location: Milton Keynes, MK19 7EA
Great Linford Manor Park
Great Linford Manor Park has a history dating back to the Saxon times, and it has recently been awarded £3.1 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore the area to its former glory.
The Park is still open while the work is going on though, and it's a great place to head for a picnic when the weather improves, or to use as a starting point for a lovely walk along the canals that it is located right next to.
Head to the Nags Head pub right next door, or walk a little way down the canal and cross over to enjoy lunch right by the canal at The Black Horse pub.
Parking: Free car parking available at:
Marsh Drive: Marsh Dr, Great Linford, Milton Keynes MK14 5AX
MK Arts Centre: off Parklands (St. Leger Drive), Great Linford, MK14 5DZ
Location: Great Linford Manor High Street Parklands, Milton Keynes MK14 5AX England
Again, this one is actually just outside of Milton Keynes and is located in Bedfordshire between Woburn, Woburn Sands and Bow Brickhill. But it's still an easy spot to get to if you've got a car and it's a lovely place to explore just outside of Milton Keynes.
Spanning a mighty 475 hectares, Aspley Woods offers miles and miles of routes that can be enjoyed by cyclists, horse riders, and walkers.
A fantastic spot for anyone with a love for the outdoors, you could then stop off for a bite to eat in Woburn Sands.
The woods are home to Muntjac and Fallow deer, so you might be lucky enough to spot them if you're there at a quiet time of the day.
Parking: Aspley Woods is surrounded by a number of free car parks situated on Longslade Lane (a road between the A5130 Woburn), Bow Brickhill road, and in some of the surrounding villages.
Location: Longslade Lane, Aspley Heath, MK17 9HZ
A favourite location amongst many residents of Milton Keynes, Willen Lake makes for a great day out if you're local.
There's plenty to keep you occupied at the Lake, from its TreeTop Extreme high ropes course to the outdoor splash park for kids. And if you don't mind getting wet, there's plenty to enjoy out on the lake, from wakeboarding to canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, and there are even pedalos available to hire.
Back on land, there are often pop-up takeaway vendors, plus there is the cafe or restaurant if you'd like to stop off for a quick bite to eat or to grab a coffee.
During the lockdown, Willen Lake is a great place to head for a walk or a run. Featuring a circular route that will take you around both lakes, or just one if you'd prefer.
Depending on the time of the year, fishing is also permitted on the lake. And if you're heading there in summer, there are even designated places for BBQs so you could easily spend the day out at Willen Lake!
Parking: There is a paid car park available on the South side of the lake but there are also various car parks within the local areas that are free, depending on how far you'd like to walk to the lake.
Location: V10 Brickhill St, Milton Keynes MK15 0DS
Located just a mere 1km north of Central Milton Keynes, Linford Woods was once enclosed as a deer park but today it is managed by the Parks Trust as an area of conservation interest.
Despite being surrounded by estates and dual carriageways, Linford Woods is actually home to a surprising amount of wildlife. Keep an eye out for deers and foxes on the ground, and up in the trees you might spot some of the many woodpecker species, or even a tawny owl if you're lucky!
Although there is less 'to do' when visiting Linford Woods than other areas in Milton Keynes, the woodland still offers a great place to go if you're just looking for a place to enjoy a nice, leisurely walk.
Parking: The car park for this site is located off the V7 Saxon Street adjacent to the BP garage
Location: 201 Foxhunter Dr, Milton Keynes MK14 6GD
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