Health Walks

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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.

14 different walks in and around Milton Keynes across various parkland and open spaces. All walks are between 30, 60 and 90 minutes in length (1.5 - 4 miles).

Walking for Health enables you to make new friends, improve your health and stay active, and have fun for free!  It is a good way to get to know the local area too. No special clothing is required, please just wear flat comfortable shoes to walk in.

  • The Parks Trust hosted over 550 events in their parks in 2017

  • Fitness Groups & Clubs make up 72% of events & activities held in our parks

  • The majority of events held in 2017 were hosted at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve

  • 76% of event attendees said they had a Very Good or Brilliant experience at our events in 2017!

  • 97% of attendees in 2017 said they would re-attend events held throughout the year

  • Most of our attendees heard about our events through Social Media in 2017

  • 415 third party events and activities were held in our parks in 2017

  • 1584 Fitness Activities and Clubs were held in 2017

  • We worked with 70+ Community Groups in 2017

Discover our parks

  • Furzton Lake

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    Furzton Lake’s open views make it a popular choice for joggers, cyclists and walkers. Created to act as a basin for floodwaters during rainy spells, the lake has matured into an easily accessible and peaceful oasis for local residents, office workers and wildlife.

    Refreshments
    The Furzton Lake Hotel is open for meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

  • Howe Park Wood

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    Howe Park is probably the woodland mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086. Parts of it may be rare surviving fragments of the 'wildwood' that covered the whole of lowland Britain after the last Ice Age, 6-11,000 years ago.

    Refreshments
    There is a café at Howe Park Wood serving cakes, drinks and cold foods.

  • Linford Wood

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    Enclosed in the year 1264 by Baron Von Pippard, the original owner of the Linford Manor estate, Linford Wood is the largest and oldest of the Trust's three ancient woodlands. Despite its location close to the city centre, Linford Wood provides a tranquil haven for wildlife and people. Find out more about how we manage Linford Wood by clicking here.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities within the wood but hot and cold drinks and other refreshments are available from the BP garage on the west side of the wood.

  • Great Linford Manor Park

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    Great Linford Manor Park is a special, heritage-rich park set within the old village of Great Linford. It contains features that were first laid out centuries ago, including ponds and a Wilderness Garden which represent the English Landscape style of garden design that became popular for country estates during the 18th Century.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments and food can be found nearby at The Black Horse and the Nag’s Head which are open for lunch and supper. Milton Keynes Arts Centre has a small café where drinks can be purchased.

  • Stanton Low Park

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    Stanton Low Park - St Peter's Church

    Stanton Low Park lies to the north of Milton Keynes and offers attractive views across the valley of the River Great Ouse. It is one of Milton Keynes’ more recently-created parks (officially opened in 2016) and lies between the Oakridge Park residential area and the Linford Lakes Nature Reserve. A children’s play area has been provided for use by local residents.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments are available from the nearby Black Horse pub next to the Grand Union Canal. There are shops selling food at the Oakridge Park Local Centre.

  • Stony Stratford Nature Reserve

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    In 2008 with support from the Riverside Parks Group, work began to re-establish Stony Stratford Nature Reserve as a major local wildlife park. Parties of volunteers have cleared islands of scrub allowing Wildfowl to nest. There are also renovated and painted bird hides and the ponds have been cleared of invasive vegetation as well as the restoration of a sand martin nest bank, which has enabled Kingfishers to nest successfully.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities at the reserve, but Stony Stratford high street is just a few minutes away.