At the weekend we ventured over to Rushmere Country Park in Leighton Buzzard, about a 50 minute drive from the Chalfonts. This was our visit time visiting and definitely won’t be our last. The park itself is massive and is a fantastic space for kids to run around and explore – you could easily spend half a day here!

There are over 400 acres of woodland, heathland and meadows, a visitors centre, picnic area and there are woodland walks including a self led fairy trail (you can buy the sheet from the Visitor Centre for £3) Giant’s Chair, family cycling and horse-riding routes plus dogs are welcome.  You can view the walking and cycling tracks here.

Food & drink: The Tree Tops Café (in the Visitor Centre) is currently closed due to Covid but there is a hatch offering a takeaway service – see picture below. More details about the food offering can  also be viewed here.

There is also a big picnic area with tables – perfect for the warmer months!

Parking: Car parking for the day is a very reasonable £3 and when we visited (around 2pm on a Saturday) there were still plenty of spaces available, although I imagine in the summer it would get busy 

Cost: Free but you pay for parking (£3 for the day)

What we loved: It’s a cheap day out and it’s a very pretty spot!

Not so good: When we visited it took us about 20 minutes to leave the car park. The card machine is not working at the moment – we purchased tokens from food hatch, hopefully this will be fixed soon as it was a very slow process exiting! Maybe check at the food hatch before walking to the car.

Verdict:  Stunning scenery and so many trails to choose from! It’s a great place for families. Would love to return in the summer and take advantage of the picnic area!

Address: Rushmere Country Park, Linslade Road, Leighton Buzzard LU7 0EB

Website: Rushmere Country Park