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.
Have you completed the walk? Download your printable certificate.
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 Linford Manor 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.
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.
Watch out for our livestock being grazed in some our parkland, ensure dogs are on a lead in these areas and in woodlands in the bird nesting season. Some of the route encompasses bridleway please do give way to the horse and rider if you meet any on the bridle path.