Dog Walks in Milton Keynes and Leighton Buzzard

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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Rushmere to Stockgrove

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.

collage of 3 pictures of Rushmere

Bow Brickhill Woods and Woburn Golf Club 

No Milton Keynes dog walks list, would be complete without a trip to Bow Brickhill Woods. This area of woodland, also referred to as Woburn Woods or more correctly Aspley Woods. This is another area managed by the Greensand Trust, who maintain the trails and ensure the dog waste bins are emptied.
 
The route itself benefits from free parking at church car park Bow Brickhill, and is generally quiet despite its prominent location. Those embarking on this walk should be prepared to deal with a few steep gradients and muddy conditions.
Bow Brickhill church and woods collage, showing dog in front of the church and two of the trails
Those with dogs that enjoy games of fetch and open fields will enjoy this one. By linking two recreation grounds via a byway and path across the golf course, this route offers great variety and ample opportunities for zoomies.
 
With ample free parking, this is a great short route that is less muddy than the woodland offerings above, an absolute must for those looking for dog walks in Milton Keynes.
 
Steps and paths in Aspley Guise

Stoke Hammond Cricket Green to Great Brickhill

Ideal for energetic dogs and those who appreciate longer walks, this route links two villages via a bridleway and trip through the woods. Those taking on this loop should be prepared for hills and varied terrain including gravel and sand.  
 
With free parking and a village pub to investigate, this route can make for an ideal afternoon out. If you decide to stop at the pub, be sure to check out the view from the pub garden.
woods walk route past fishing lakes

Grand Union Canal, meadows and The Globe Inn

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. 

Canal and meadows at Leighton Buzzard

Tottenhoe Knolls

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.

Chalk paths of Tottenhoe Kniolls, a great dog walk route near Milton keynes

Stewkley Recreation Ground – circular

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.

Wing park and fields

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.

Mentmore Road park to Tiddenfoot Waterside park

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.

View of Tiddenfoot lake aswell as the tow path near by

Rammamere and Rushmere 

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.

Collage of pictures from the woods at rRshmere country park

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