Your Guide to MK's Best Boxing Day Walks
Heading outdoors on Boxing Day can be the most wonderful walk of the year.
It’s a chance to escape the house, breathe in crisp Winter air and gift yourself time to reflect on the year that’s passed, recover from Christmas Day or relax with family and friends.
Whatever you want from a Boxing Day walk, you’ll find the perfect spot in Milton Keynes – a city with a huge choice of scenic routes, from wild wetlands and historic parks to ancient woodlands and river valleys. There are also plenty of play areas and trim trails along the way if you’ve got the energy to spare!
The Parks Trust delivers hundreds of guided walks every year and our experts have shared some ideas here to help you plan your seasonal stomp. Fill your walking boots and we look forward to seeing you in the parks on 26th December!
All Is Calm
Not everyone wants to mix and mingle at this time of year. If you’re seeking solace, head to Willen Lake North where you will find The Medicine Wheel, a place inspired by peace and harmony. On the water and in the vast reed beds, you’ll see an array of wildlife. Walk in awe around the Peace Pagoda and get lost in the Labyrinth. Bliss.
The Holly And The Ivy
The woodlands of Milton Keynes are brimming with beautiful evergreens that give plenty of colour in Winter. Take little ones to Shenley Wood and go on a hunt for holly, ivy and even balls of beautiful mistletoe which can be found tucked away in poplars, limes and apple trees.
Good things come in small packages…
There are lots of little-known, smaller parks across Milton Keynes but what they lack in size, they make up for in biodiversity. Take a short walk around Broughton Brook Magna Park and you might see the timid Chinese Water Deer or try Walton Lake for a rich array of wild birds.
Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve in Winter looks like a classic Christmas card scene. Its vast spaces are full of diverse tree species, wild animals and breath-taking views from every angle. The nearby church steeples that are dotted on the horizon complete the picture.
No Baubles Required
The trees of MK’s Tree Cathedral are laid out in a pattern that mirrors Norwich Cathedral, and they come together to create a stunning, inspiring place to lose yourself for an hour. Different tree species provide an interesting contrast, and paths make this a gentle, accessible walk of contemplation.
The More The Merrier
If you’re looking for a place to bump into old friends, make new ones or organise large meet-ups, think about Caldecotte Lake on Boxing Day. It has ample parking, a pub restaurant, circular routes that are suitable for buggies and wheelchairs plus lots of interesting pitstops along the way.
For more inspiration, there are lots of walking routes and maps on the parks pages of our website.
Wherever you choose to walk this Boxing Day, we wish you a wonderful time. Stay safe and see you in 2023!