Driving into Rushmere Country Park, I think my jaw hit the floor. Suddenly surrounded by towering, ancient trees, we were plunged straight into the woodland from the second we turned off from the main road.
Managed by The Greensand Trust, the Park spans across 400 acres that can be enjoyed for just £3 a day!
Our visit to Rushmere Country Park:
It’s easy to forget you’re walking in England, let alone in Bedfordshire, when you visit Rushmere Country Park but if you’re in the area (or even if you’re not), it’s well worth stopping for a visit.
We greatly underestimated the size of it, so we didn’t arrive until around midday but you could easily pass an entire day at the Park.
A haven for absolutely anyone who wants to spend a day outside, whether you want to go for a leisurely stroll, hiking, biking, or horse riding. The ancient woodland, lakes, meadows, and heath will provide you with some fantastic views, no matter how you decide to explore it.
With a sculpture trail to keep both the adults and children fascinated, plenty of picnic areas, a café, and a visitor centre, there is lots to keep you buy all day long!
What to look out for at Rushmere Country Park:
As if the nature and views isn’t enough to keep you occupied, there are a number of attraction’s to look out for as you explore the woodland, including:
- A sculpture trail within the woodland, complete with fairy doors and a Giant’s chair that you can have your photo taken on (if you can clamber up there anyway!)
- A heronry – best enjoyed in Spring when the herons are raising their young
- An expansive network of walking, cycling, and horse-riding trails
- Play areas, a giant slide, and picnic areas that would make it an ideal family day out
Horse riding and cycling at Rushmere Country Park:
Both horse riders and cyclists are welcome at the Park.
There is a dedicated horse box parking area, at the back of the main Rushmere car park. Once in the saddle, horse riders can enjoy the free bridleways within the Park, or if they want to stray further afield they can purchase a Greensand Horse Riding Pass for access to the private horse trails.
The rules for the cyclists are similar, there are a number of free trails to follow, or they can also purchase a Greensand Cyclist Pass to have access to all of the trails within the woodlands.
How to get to Rushmere Country Park:
Rushmere Country Park is located in Heath and Reach, just a short drive from Milton Keynes and not far from Leighton Buzzard.
Main address: Rushmere Country Park, Linslade Rd, Heath and Reach LU7 0EB
The parking at Rushmere is fantastic – there are several different car parks available right by the main visitor centre, with further overspill car parking available too. There is currently a £3 daily car park charge, which is payable at the barrier on your way out.
However, there are two other entrances and car parks located at:
Stockgrove Entrance: Brickhill Road, Heath And Reach, LU7 0BA. There is a £3 car parking charge here too, but it is considerably smaller than the main Rushmere car park.
Thrift Road Entrance: Thrift Road, Heath and Reach, LU7 0AX.
Rushmere Country Park opening hours:
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