Howe Park Wood
These pretty bluebell woods in Milton Keynes have some nice shady trails, ponds and lots of wildlife to look out for. The walk also includes a visit to the small 16th century church of St Giles which is located next to the woods in Tattenhoe. You can start off from the car park and visitor centre off Chaffron Way.
There's a wide variety of trees and shrubs, and almost three hundred species of moths have been recorded. You may spot deers, badgers, foxes and birds including Green Woodpecker, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Tree Creeper, Willow Tit, Willow Warbler and the Sparrowhawk and Tawny Owl. Also look out for butterflies including White Admiral, the Wood White, Purple Hairstreak and the rare Black Hairstreak.
After exploring the woods head west to visit St Giles Church which dates from 1538. It was constructed using the stones from nearby Snelshall Priory and also includes 800 year old yew trees in the churchyard.
The Milton Keynes Boundary Walk and the North Bucks Way both past the western side of the woods. You can pick up these long distance footpaths to explore the countryside surrounding Milton Keynes.
Also nearby is Furzton Lake where there's a nice cycling and walking trail to follow around the water.
PostcodeMK4 3GG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Howe Park Wood Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Howe Park Wood Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Howe Park Wood OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Howe Park Wood Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Nut and Squirrel is conveniently located just across the road from the car park. They have a good menu and a garden area to sit out in if the weather is fine. You can find them at 1 Barnsdale Dr, Westcroft, MK4 4DD.
As you'd imagine the woods are ideal for a dog walk so you'll probably pass other owners on your visit. You are requested to please keep them on leads during bird nesting season which runs from March to September. The Nut and Squirrel pub mentioned above is also very dog friendly with water bowls available.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just a mile to the north there's some more nice leafy trails around Shenley Wood at postcode MK5 6FQ for your sat navs.
Pick up the Grand Union Canal and you could visit the canalside village of Cosgrove. There's a fine 17th century pub and a significant aqueduct to see here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Bedfordshire Walks page.