Kents Hill Park

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Interestingly, the soil beneath this woodland is not the typical clay found across Milton Keynes, but is more like the soil in the Bow Brickhill woods. This makes it an ideal location for growing trees such as conifers and Sweet Chestnut that don’t normally favour the clay soils.  More recent additional tree planting can be found in the parkland around the wood.

Don’t miss
Kents Hill Park is one of the best places to go in Milton Keynes to look at trees. The woodland was planted after the second world war and includes a variety of conifers including Douglas Fir, Corsican Pine and Norway Spruce. The area is becoming something of an arboretum with a broad variety of tree species such as Redwoods and Sweet Chestnut.  

It doesn’t take long to walk around Kents Hill Park, but it does link into the other local parks and connects with the Ouzel Valley Park if you want to take a longer stroll.

Car parking
A car park is located off Hawkhurst Gate and Timbold Drive. Charging points for electric vehicles can be found here.

Toilets
There are no public toilets in the park.

Disabled access
There are steps on the way out of the car park entrance but you could access the park from elsewhere. The paths throughout the park are hard surfaces.

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Opening Times
The park is open at all times.

Address
Kents Hill Park is located between Walton Hall and Kents Hill housing, off the V10 Brickhill Street. It can also be accessed through the Ouzel Valley Nearest postcode: MK7 6BY

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  • Hazeley Wood

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    Hazeley Wood was planted by Milton Keynes Development Corporation in 1991. The long-term aim was to create a mature oak woodland for the new city. After many years of being a field of trees Hazeley is finally beginning to look and feel like a woodland. But there is still a long way to go: the wood will not finally reach maturity until 2141.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities in the wood. The nearest shops are at Grange Farm, about ten minutes’ walk away, or Shenley Church End local centre or the Westcroft Centre, both of which are a few minutes' drive away.

  • 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.

  • Kingsmead

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    This is a small area of parkland and woodland, which connects the North Bucks Way into the parks system via Tattenhoe and Westcroft. It is an ideal place to visit if you live in one of the nearby residential areas. The surrounding land is currently being developed into housing, so is likely to change considerably over the coming years.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities on site but Westcroft and Howe Park Wood are less than a mile away.

  • Linford Lakes Nature Reserve

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    The 37 hectare site consists of a large lake, reedbeds, wet woodland and several small meadows interlaced with a number of smaller lakes and ponds. Four bird watching hides are located giving fine views of the wildlife and beautiful scenery.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve other than during special events.