GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Howe Park Wood

2 miles (3.2 km)

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 churchof 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 nearbySnelshall 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.

Postcode

MK4 3GG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Howe Park Wood OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Howe Park Wood Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

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.

Dog Walking

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.
On the eastern side of Milton Keynes there's Newport Pagnell to explore. There's some lovely riverside trails, a fine local park and several historic buildings to see in this nearby town. The town is well known for being the original home of the exclusive sports car manufacturerAston Martin. There's also a Grade I listed iron bridge dating from the early 19th century to see here.
Just to the east you'll find BletchleyPark and its fascinating museum. This historic site is world famous as the location of the crucial Allied code-breaking during World War II. The park is also a nice place for a stroll with some pleasant gardens and an ornamental lake.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Bedfordshire Walks page.

Photos

Park pond one - geograph.org.uk - 1226436

Park pond one

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St Giles Church Tattenhoe

Tattenhoe comes into view - geograph.org.uk - 1226506

Tattenhoe comes into view. Houses at Stolford Rise come into view at the end of the path.

New Howe Park Wood Visitor's Centre - geograph.org.uk - 4327522

New Howe Park Wood Visitor's Centre

Nut and Squirrel - geograph.org.uk - 1211281

Nut & Squirrel Ember Inns pub, very close to Morrisons at Westcroft

Howe Park Farm Cottage - geograph.org.uk - 4854706

Howe Park Farm Cottage

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Howe Park Wood.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)