Those looking for dog walks, in Milton Keynes, Leighton Buzzard and the surrounding area, should look no further than this page. When most people think of a nice dog walks in Milton Keynes, they think of Cambell Park, Caldecotte Lake or Waterhall Park and for good reason. These green spaces, along with all the other Parks Trust sites, offer ample opportunities for dog owners and walkers to get out and enjoy the fresh air.
In addition to these excellent inner city parks, there are numerous alternative adventures in the countryside surrounding. These walks include woodlands, meadows and nature reserves. To help others explore these gems, we have created a library of routes complete with a map, photos, and detailed directions. Simply click on the route name to find out more.
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This is an excellent, hilly route on woodland trails. It benefits from the parks facilities, including ample parking and 2 cafes. The downside to this route is that it can get fairly busy, although much of the route does avoid the main crowds. This area is Jointly owned by Central Beds council and the Greensand Trust, who manage the site.
Ideal route for those who are looking for a walk with the opportunity for a pub stop. This route uses a well maintained section of the canal tow path, before venture across a meadow and into the woods. Those embarking on this route should be warned it can get muddy during the winter months and is also prone to flooding.
In the summer time this route is great for those dogs whose dogs enjoy a dip in the river. Parking is confined to a small free car park on old Linslade road. Alternatively those wishing to use the pub could start from there and make use of their car park.
Heading slightly further from Milton Keynes, but still with in easy reach, the Totternhoe Knolls offer a quiet route with stunning view. This area forms part of the chiltern hills area of outstanding natural beauty and its easy to see why. The area is well known for its wildlife, especially Red Kites which have been successfully reintroduced in the area and provide another reason to bring your camera.
This is one of the shorter loops on the list, however it should not be underestimated due to its hilly nature. The route can be enjoyed all year round, however extra caution should be taken when its wet as the chalk can become really slippery. Free parking is available at the Tottenhoe Knolls car park. It should be noted that this is not the largest car park, however I have never had any trouble getting parked.
Stewkley is a small pretty village on the outskirts of Milton Keynes making it ideal for new adventures. The recreation ground is a large area with loads of room for zoomies, fetch and other such games. Beyond this, the route heads through a nature reserve and around some crop fields.
Being that the route begins at the recreation ground, with the option of 2 car parks to choose from. Anther one of the shorter routes, it also benefits from being fairly flat. It should be noted that some parts of the route can become muddy when its wet.
The Buckinghamshire village of Wing is situated just outside Leighton Buzzard and is home to Ascot house which is managed by the National Trust. With free parking and easy access via the A4146 Stoke Hammond bypass, this route is worth investigating for all those who enjoy quiet walks. The route is relatively flat and not as challenging as some of the hillier options listed above.
The walk heads out from the village recreation ground and passes through a cattle field before heading back to the park via some crop fields and the local allotments. If heading out to this one during the wetter months, its worth taking wellies as it is prone to being muddy and involves crossing a small stream.
This loop is relatively short and very flat with prepared gravel paths around the majority of the route. This makes the route very family friendly and ensure it can be used year round. Despite this, it a great walk that offers much for dogs including an opportunity for a dip in the lake if they are that way inclined. Dogs that are not swimmers are well catered for also, as there ample chance for them to play games, chase their tails and generally enjoy life.
Parking is available for free at the Mentmore Road car park. There is an alternative car park at the lake itself, this is however is very small without marked bays and easily fills up.
Another woodland loop, this time we are accessing the a different section of Rushmere whilst making use of the free car park on Brickhill Road. Those embarking on this walk will find it less busy than other sections of the park. The downside side to this is you have to walk a short way up the road to join the park. Fortunately the road is not very busy, however we don’t recommend you do this when its dark. The walk itself follows marked bridleways and footpaths and includes a visit to the Black Pond. For those who don’t know, Black Pond is a popular place for dogs to go swimming although its water are not the cleanest.
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