What better way to enjoy the parks than on foot? Whether you’re walking for fun or fitness, walking the dog or pushing a pram, we’ve got a programme for you. Find out about the range below, then click through to the events calendar to see when the next one takes place.
Walk this way with the Parks Trust
Wildlife walks, history walks, night walks, dawn walks... or walks that simply help you discover more about your local parks and meet new friends. Walks take place throughout the week and at the weekend year round, guided by experts in their field.
We make a small charge for these guided walks and booking is essential.
Walking Festival 2013
2013 walking festival will take place over weekend of 11th and 12th May 2013. The programme includes a variety of walks for all abilities from an ancient woodland walk to a family poetry walk with MK poet laureate Mark Niel. Download the Walking Festival programme here.
The Walking for Health Walks are part of the Everyday Activity Programme and are led by qualified experts. While all walks are open to anyone, organisers have coded the walks for suitability for both beginners and intermediate walkers. To enable the widest possible audience to take part, start times, locations and days of the week vary from walk to walk.
For free walking routes devised by the Ramblers association in Milton Keynes see website www.getwalking.org/milton-keynes
Nordic Walking was originally used by cross country skiers as a way of staying fit over the summer. It has since become a popular activity for all with benefits including an improvement in mobility and fitness. With the correct technique it uses up to 90% of your skeletal muscles and burns up to 20% more calories than ordinary walking. However you don’t feel the effect of this extra work as you are using the poles to provide support and propulsion.
Four- week Complete Beginner courses are offered on a regular basis as part of Reactivate Milton Keynes – a project which aims to connect adults with hundreds of physical activity opportunities. If you are interested in joining a course please contact Sports Development on 01908 253500 or visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/leisure-facilities
Upon completion of this course you’ll be welcome to join one of the weekly Nordic Striders group, a social group led by qualified volunteer leaders.
Pushchairs in the Park
The Pushchairs in the Park programme offers a combination of exercise and friendship for parents and carers - and fun for the little ones. Held each month – come rain or shine – the events are organised with the Pre-School Learning Alliance and are free of charge. Each event visits a different park and takes place on a weekday. Pushchairs are optional, wellies often essential!
There is no need to book: simply turn up.
Bark in the Park
Get to meet our rangers with our Bark in the Park spring and summer programme – ideal for socialising both young and old dogs while discovering new places to walk in our parks network.
No need to book: just turn up and pay £1 per dog.