On the weekend, we went south to Rushmere Country Park just outside Milton Keynes.

It took us just under an hour to get from Rugby to Rushmere. It was a handy location for us as it is about half way between family in North London, and Warwickshire.

The park itself is set over 400 acres of stunning woodlands. There are picnic areas, heathland and meadows to enjoy as well as trails and bike routes.

As a family, you can enjoy walks through the woodlands, discovering all sorts along the way. On our walk, we found a fairy trail, boat house with little lake, sculpture trail, family cycling routes, and horse-riding pathways. There are play parks, but only the smaller one near the car park is currently open.

Play area at Rushmere Park

There are loads of wooded areas that are great for tree climbing, den building, but also to get lost in! We managed to get around most of it on foot, but also with a buggy too. Carriers might be best though, if you want to take some of the short cuts.

Dogs are welcome, but it try to keep them on leads or close by in busy spots as there are a lot of children around at peak times.

Normally, the Tree Tops cafe is situated in the visitor centre, but due to Covid-19 procedures, it is closed at the moment.

Takeaway food and drinks, and toilets are available at both the Herons View and Stockgrove visitor centres, but with social distancing measures in place.

Entry to the park is free, but there is a £3 parking fee payable on exit.

At a glance

  • Little play park near the car park – perfect for toddlers and younger kids. The playground for older children is currently closed.
  • Toilets are available with social distancing measures and hand sanitiser
  • Takeaway drinks and snacks are available from two locations
  • Woodland walking trails around the park
  • Bike trails can be followed but you’ll need a cycling permit
  • Within the woods you can find a Boathouse and lake with ducks, fish and swans
  • There are designated picnic areas with barbecues allowed
  • Picnic benches are dotted around, including in the wooded areas

Rushmere Country Park is managed by The Greensand Trust on a not for profit basis – all funds raised are invested into the running of the park.

What you need to know

  • DOGS ALLOWED? Yes, but keep under control.
  • PICNIC PLACE? Yes, tables and designated picnic areas.
  • TOILETS? Yes.
  • ADDRESS: Linslade Road Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard LU7 0EB.
  • PRICES: Parking is £3 per day payable on exit.