Vote for Milton Keynes to win The Ramblers ‘Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood’ award 2019!

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29 May 2019


This week the Rambler’s announced their shortlist of the ten most walkable urban areas across England, Scotland and Wales. We’re pleased to reveal that Milton Keynes has been nominated for ‘Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood’ award.

At a time when more than a third of people are still not meeting recommended activity levels and concerns about air pollution levels hit the headlines on a weekly basis, the Ramblers are calling on local authorities to help tackle these problems by creating towns and cities designed for walking.

The ‘Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood’ annual award celebrates areas where positive steps have been taken to create green, welcoming and walkable neighbourhoods that put people – rather than cars- at their heart, leading to increased activity, and the health, social and economic benefits this brings to individuals and communities, while also combatting poor air quality.

Ian Dunford, Chair of the Milton Keynes Ramblers was one of the people who nominated the town for the award. He said: “Milton Keynes is a great walking neighbourhood. It has a fantastic network of paths and green routes that enable you to get across the town in a safe, traffic free environment. It’s easy to get around and enjoy the town without taking a car. It really is a great place to relax and take a walk.”

Rob Riekie, Landscape and Operations Director for The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes, said: “Within Milton Keynes there are several hundreds of miles of footpaths that offer people so many opportunities to explore over 3,000 hectares of public open space that include river valleys, canal walks, ancient woodlands, parkland and numerous lakes.  The network of footpaths travel from people’s front doors into the city’s vast amount of green space and then beyond into the wider countryside and surrounding counties.  The large choice and amount of connectivity this network of footpaths offers people is truly astounding and must be experienced to be believed!”

If you like us, believe that Milton Keynes is ‘Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood’ then please take a moment to vote on the link below.

https://www.ramblers.org.uk/vote

Watch this short video and see why Milton Keynes deserves to be voted 'Britain's Best Walking Neighbourhood' for 2019!

Voting is open Tuesday 28 May to Sunday 30 June 2019, The winner will be announced at a special award ceremony in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 10 July.



  • The Parks Trust hosted over 525 events and activities in their parks in 2019

  • Over 180,000 visitors attended an event or activity in MK Parks in 2019

  • 91% of event attendees said they had a Excellent, Very Good or Good experience at our events in 2018!

Discover our parks

  • 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.

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    There are no refreshment facilities in Campbell Park other than during special events. However, there are a wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants in the nearby city centre, theatre district and Xscape centre.

  • Willen Lake South

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    Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Visitors take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. It’s a great place to entertain all ages of family and friends, whether it’s a visit to the café or restaurant, a stroll, trying a beginners’ course in sailing or hiring a pedalo or bike.

    Refreshments
    The one4six café and The Lakeside Pub operated by Fayre and Square.

  • 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.

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