Rushmere Country Park is a large park and woodland near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. There is so much to do here; the visitor centre, playground areas, pond, woodlands, sculpture trail and fairy doors. This review of Rushmere Country Park focuses on the area starting around the visitor centre. There is also a car park near Stockgrove Lake that you can use as a starting point. It has been quite a few years since I’ve been down that way though. Have a look at the map on their website for lots of walks.
There are a couple of playground areas near the visitor centre, one for older kids and one for younger children. The one for older children has a massive slide my big kids love! It is very popular and very fast though so you will want to keep an eye on younger kids.
Being a woodland there is lots of wildlife – we got to spot some lizards and the resident (nesting) Herons. During the spring they have Heron watch set up with cameras to watch all the nests. There’s also someone on hand with binoculars and telescopes to help you spot the birds before they fly off. It’s pretty cool!
Access around the woodland is really good – there’s not much bracken around so it’s pretty clear between trees. Even if you go off path, it’s easy to get a pushchair around. Alongside the main accessible path is a network of Rhododendron bushes. Not only are the beautiful when in flower, they make an awesome secret path for kids to scramble through, whilst you wander along from the safety of a proper path!
Maps are available from the visitor centre as well as the website. There are so many trails for varying abilities and some fantastic trees for climbing. The main accessible path is a relatively short, circular route. The large meadow is perfect for picnics and next to some particularly good trees for climbing!!
Whilst Rushmere Country Park is popular, it’s significantly quieter than places such as Wendover Woods (read the review here). It also has a really sandy soil so it doesn’t really get that muddy.
What’s on for families at Rushmere Country Park
There are lots of sculptures and carved seating areas dotted around the site including a giant’s chair which is a great photo opportunity. The accessible path is full of hidden fairy doors, fairies and even a giant spider!!
They regularly have trails and events going on throughout the year. One of my favourite is the woodland animal yarn-bombing that happens each year. There are loads of knitted animals dotted all over the place and some of them are amazing.
In addition to the regular sculptures there’s often guest appearances as part of the seasonal trails at Rushmere Country Park. During the Christmas 2019 trail these guys popped up;
Free. There’s usually a small charge for trails and events.
Parking / How to get there
Pay on exit £3. Cash or card.
Address – Rushmere Country Park, Linslade Road, Heath and Reach, Bedfordshire LU7 0EB
Within the visitor centre, including baby change. There’s also toilets at the other entrance.
Cafe and kiosk on site. Picnics welcome.
Our Rushmere Country Park Review
Rating – 5 / 5. It’s a lovely woodland walk, even Hubby says it’s his favourite. The little sculptures along the way add interest too. There’s a lot more to explore in the wider park as well.
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