GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Woburn Sands Walks

13 miles (21 km)

This Bedfordshire based town is located just to the east of Milton Keynes. The accessible train station in the town is a good place to start a walk with waymarked footpaths to follow into the countryside, woodland and heathland which surround the town.
This walk from the town uses sections of the Milton Keynes Boundary Walk and the Greensand Ridge Walk to visit Aspley Woods and the splendid Woburn Park.
The walk starts from the train station where you can pick up the Milton Keynes Boundary Walk and follow the waymarked footpath south and then west to Aspley Heath and Woods. The expansive woods have miles of good walking paths and some fine mountain bike trails to explore.
Continue south to Lowe's wood where you can pick up the Greensand Ridge Walk and then head east to Woburn village and Woburn Park. The wonderful deer park has miles of trails to follow around several pretty lakes and ponds.

Postcode

MK17 8SY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Woburn Sands OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Woburn Sands Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Woburn Sands

  • Milton Keynes Boundary Walk - Enjoy rivers, canals, woodland and beautiful countryside on this walk around the boundary of Milton Keynes
  • Greensand Ridge Walk - A walk through Bedforshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay
  • Aspley Woods - These 800 acre woods near Milton Keynes have some good mountain bike trails and miles of footpaths.
    You can start your exercise from the car park where you can pick up the Longslade Trail red route
  • Woburn Park - This walk takes you through the beautiful Woburn Park in Befordshire
  • Caldecotte Lake - Enjoy and easy cycle or walk around this pretty lake in Milton Keynes
  • Grand Union Canal Walk - Follow the towpath of Britain's longest canal from London to Birmingham on this fabulous waterside walk

Pubs/Cafes

The Fir Tree Inn is a good choice for some post walk refreshment. The 19th century pub serves good home cooked food and also providesB&B rooms.You can find them on the town square at postcode MK17 8SY for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woods and heath on the walk make for a fine dog walk and the The Fir Tree Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly. When exploring Woburn Park please not they are not allowe within the Abbey Grounds or Gardens (except assistance dogs). Also they must be kept on a lead at all times as they can endanger the park's resident deer.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just a few miles west of the town you could enjoy some waterside walking along the lovely Caldecotte Lake. On the western side of the lake you can also pick up the towpath of the Grand Union Canal.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Bedfordshire Walks page.

Photos

Woburn Sands Station - geograph.org.uk - 1323768

Woburn Sands Station. Looking towards Bedford. The station house on the left and the other station buildings are now available to let as business offices and meeting venues. Passengers are provided with bus shelters and steel seats. One of the local MK buses can be seen crossing the railway on the A4012, heading towards Woburn. The route is currently supported by contractors Wimpey as part of their involvement in a local affordable housing scheme.

Milton Keynes Boundary Walk, Aspley Woods - geograph.org.uk - 373548

Milton Keynes Boundary Walk, Aspley Woods. The woods south of Aspley Heath have numerous footpaths, bridleways and byways. This photo was taken from thetrack through New Wavendon Heath where the MKBW LDP (Long Distance Path) forks off to the left.

Track through New Wavendon Heath - geograph.org.uk - 367427

Track through New Wavendon Heath. This track is a "BOAT", that is a "Byway Open to All Traffic" marked on 1:25000 scale OS maps with a line of green crosses. It leads into the New Wavendon Heath section of Aspley Woods as a continuation of the lane from Little Brickhill and continues through the woods to Aspley Heath.

Sandy Lane - geograph.org.uk - 218841

Sandy Lane. The view at the top of Aspley Heath looking down Sandy Lane

Woburn, Bedfordshire village centre - geograph.org.uk - 6514

Woburn, Bedfordshire village centre

Part of the Woburn Abbey park - geograph.org.uk - 6505

Part of the Woburn Abbey park

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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