Olney Circular Walk
This circular walk takes you around the popular market town of Olney near Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire. Along the way there's a riverside stretch along the River Great Ouse, nice countryside views and a visit to the pretty lakes in Emberton Country Park.
The walk starts in the town centre and heads east across the sports ground to meet with the river. Follow the riverside footpath south and you cross the water before turning south west to visit Emberton Park. It's a lovely spot with 5 lakes, wooded glades and meadows. The park is a good place for bird watching with a number of water loving species regularly visiting the lakes.
After exploring the park follow the same countrt footpaths back to the river. You'll pass the ford before turning north and heading back through the town centre.
Olney Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Olney Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Olney OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Olney Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Cherry Tree on the High Street is a nice place for some post walk refreshments. They do very good food and also have a nice outdoor seating area. You can find the pub at postcode MK46 4EB for your sat navs.
The area is a good place for a dog walk and The Cherry Tree pub mentioned above is also dog friendly. It's advised to please keep them on leads in Emberton Country Park though.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Milton Keynes Boundary Walk passes close to the town and provides another opportunity for exploring the area. The circular path could be followed west to visit the expansive Salcey Forest where there are miles of woodland cycling and walking trails.
The Three Shires Way runs just to the east of the town. This shared cycling and walking trail can be picked up in nearby Clifton Reynes. You could follow it south toward Milton Keynes or north towards Bozeat.