I’ve always loved being outside; my childhood was spent on Devon and Cornwall’s many beaches, and for the past thirteen years I’ve had a horse which means I’m outdoors every day, come rain or shine. But this year, like many of us have, I’ve found myself spending my weekends exploring my local area more than I ever have done before.
Each weekend I’ve hopped out of my car in a new destination in or around Milton Keynes, and I’ve pulled on my wellies ready for another day of walking and exploring a woodland or country park.
Most recently, my mum and I met at Aspley Woods on a particularly foggy morning, to go for a walk. I’ve been for a walk through Aspley Woods before, a couple of years back, but back then I visited the Bow Brickhill side. And as they span across 475 hectares between Woburn, Woburn Sands, and Bow Brickhill, you can imagine how big the wood actually is.
So this time we parked up on the Woburn Sands side and decided to explore a completely different section.
Walking through Aspley Woods
Also known as Brickhill woods, Aspley Woods offers miles of routes for cyclists, horse riders, and walkers. It’s worth noting that the ground within the woods can become quite steep in places. And that there are no facilities within the woods, but it’s a beautiful place to peacefully lose a few hours before stopping off in Woburn Sands to grab a bite to eat.
As one of the largest woodlands in Bedfordshire, it’s easy to feel as though you’re the only person in the woods at times. You can walk for quite some time before you come across anyone else walking the same path as you.
And the peaceful tranquility of the woods also makes it ideal for spotting the many Muntjac or Fallow deer, or rabbits, that can often be found grazing just beyond the bridleways.
Important information for visiting Aspley Woods:
As with many woodlands, there aren’t many rules for visiting the area but there are a few that they ask people to adhere to, including:
- To keep dogs on leads at all times.
- To be considerate of other users and wildlife.
- That a Greensand Cycle or Horse Pass is required for anyone wishing to use the permitted cycling and horse riding routes available.
How to get to Aspley Woods
Easily accessible from Milton Keynes, the woods are 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.