Not to be confused with Linford Woods, Little Linford Woods is located on the outskirts of Milton Keynes and is the ideal place to lose a few hours away from the urban world.
The woodland spans over 40 hectares, but there are a range of short and longer pathways to follow – making it ideal to zigzag your way around without fear of getting lost.
A little bit about Little Linford Woods...
Managed by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, they have worked tirelessly to bring the woodland back to its former glory after large areas were felled in 1980.
Today, the woodlands are well managed to ensure they provide an ideal home for the huge variety of animals, insects and plants that live there in abundance.
Visiting Little Linford Woods
Although compared to others, Little Linford Woods is a relatively small woodland, it is surrounded by miles of bridleways and countryside everywhere you go, so it could easily provide you with an entire day out if you wished to explore further afield.
We decided to stick to the woods, and spent a good couple of hours winding along the many pathways that are available to walkers.
If you’re taking a dog, like we decided to, they will need to be on a lead at all times but it’s a really lovely walk for both humans and dogs, with so much to see and explore from the pathways.
Walkers have the choice of sticking to the wider grassy pathways, or veering 'off-road' slightly and onto the narrower paths that wind right between the trees. We decided to explore them all, and found ourselves zigzagging throughout the woods.
When we arrived at the car park there were a few other cars already there but it was a long time before we came across any other walkers, so for the most part it felt as if we had the entire wood to ourselves which was quite magical.
What to look out for on your walk
As the woods acts as a nature reserve, there is plenty of wildlife to look out for as you explore the pathways.
From a whole variety of butterfly species, to birds including the impressive Red Kites, Blue and Great Tits, Buzzards, and if you're lucky, both Green and Great-spotted Woodpeckers frequent the woods high up in the more mature trees.
Down on the woodland floors, Little Linford Woods is also home to an array of mammals. From badgers, to Roe and Muntjac Deer, to Dormice, Squirrels, Rabbits, Hares and Foxes.
How to get to Little Linford Woods
Located at the end of a farm track on the Haversham to Stoke Goldington road.
On the B526 north from Newport Pagnell, take road on left to Haversham. After half a mile take the private road on the right (do not be deterred by the private signs, users of the walks can continue to drive through).
Follow the farm track slowly all the way to the end, where you will find a small carpark.
OS Map Reference: SP834455