25 Mile Challenge

The Parks Trust challenges you to complete a 25 mile route through the parkland of Milton Keynes in a day. However, don’t feel daunted, you can split the route over several days if you prefer.

Starting in one of our semi-ancient woodlands, Howe Park Wood the 25 mile route guides you through the Tattenhoe Valley, to Furzton Lake and along the Loughton Valley and on to Lodge Lake. You’ll be introduced to the famous concrete cows as you make your way up through the North Loughton Valley and to the edge of Linford Lakes Nature Reserve. Turning south you’ll pass through Great Linford Manor Park and join the Grand Union Canal to Willen Lake and onto Campbell Park where you will discover many pieces of artwork and one of the best viewing points in Milton Keynes. The final part of the route follows the River Ouzel, through Ouzel Valley Park concluding at Caldecotte Lake. You can watch a video of the route here.

To help you find your way along the route we have instructions for you to download and follow, as well as lots of waymarked signs to point you in the right direction.

You can complete this walk at anytime of year; be careful in wetter weather and be prepared for some kissing gates, cattle grids and steps in some locations.

Follow the route on your device

Download the walk instructions

Download the route to view in Google Earth
*Please note Google Earth must be installed on your computer or device to see this route.

Download the route in gpx.
*To view on a gps device

Have you completed the walk?

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  • Caldecotte Lake


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    Planning an outdoor adventure in Milton Keynes? Explore the beautiful location of Caldecotte Lake. Whether its watersports, bird watching or children’s activities, you’re sure to have a great family day out, with lots of space for little ones to run around, plus some tranquil corners to relax as well.

  • Walton Lake


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    Originally built as a 'balancing lake' for the River Ouzel, Walton Lake is one of the richest spots in Milton Keynes to enjoy wildlife due to its mature reed beds.

  • Campbell Park


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    Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture mean it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the changing seasons.

  • Stanton Low Park


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    Stanton Low Park lies to the north of Milton Keynes and offers attractive views across the valley of the River Great Ouse. Despite being one of the newer parks in Milton Keynes, the area is rich in heritage.

  • North Loughton Valley Park


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    This area of linear parkland runs from Blue Bridge at the Grand Union Canal down as far as Lodge Lake at Loughton Lodge. Its features include historical items and some world famous Milton Keynes icons!

  • Teardrop Lakes


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    Part of the Loughton Valley Park, the four Teardrop Lakes are also a destination in their own right, providing fishing waters and a peaceful escape for those working in nearby offices.