During the past year access to green space has been more important than ever. Being able to enjoy the great outdoors has been beneficial for our minds and bodies. Going out for a walk has helped us to stay active and be connected. 

This May is National Walking month and The Parks Trust, the charity that cares for over 6,000 acres of parkland across the city, is encouraging you, to get out into the great outdoors. Throughout the month you’ll be able to attend a variety of walking events with The Trust, take part in their Walking Festival as well as follow new self-led walking routes from their website. 

The Parks Trust will again be holding their Walking Festival which this year will be taking place across the weekend of 7th to 9th May. Over this three-day period, you’ll be able to take part in 21 walks throughout the city, all of which vary in difficulty and duration meaning there’s always something for everyone. A great family walk is the introduction to Geocaching, or if you’re looking to find out more about the culture in Milton Keynes take part in the Public Art in Campbell Park walk. The Walking Festival also includes walks to allow you to explore new areas such as Wolverton Floodplain and Waterhall Park. The Parks Trust would also like to thank their Walking Festival partners and volunteers, without their support they wouldn’t be able put on such a variety of walks.

Each month you can also join The Parks Trust on a Discovery Stroll. These walks are all accessible, sticking to hard surfaced paths and is dementia friendly. During these walks Park Trust Rangers will take you on a short stroll around a different park, talking about its features along the way with plenty of opportunities to stop, rest and to look at and discuss points of interest. 

Throughout the year, The Parks Trust also run Walk and Talk events. During these you’ll will be taken on a guided walk around a different park all whilst learning about a specific topic. This could be anything from Bats to Wildflowers. 

If you’re looking for a more regular group, then the Women’s Walking Network might be for you. Meeting every first Thursday of the month these walks take up to 2 hours and cover around 4-5 miles at a moderate-brisk pace. They are a great way to socialise and meet new people. 

They haven’t forgotten about dog walkers either. If you enjoy getting together with other people and their dogs, then take a look at The Parks Trust Woof Walks. Led by one of their Rangers, these monthly Woof Walks are normally an hour circular tour and a great way to socialise your dog as well as getting to know a new dog walking route.

Finally, this month The Parks Trust are releasing newly created self- led walks. With over 40 parks to explore there’s plenty of new walks to discover. Head over to their website to find out more about their parks and follow their recommended walking routes. Visit: www.theparkstrust.com 

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