Rushmere Country Park
Ferdinand Michael Kroyer-Kielberg KBE purchased the estate in 1928 and proceeded to have a new house built on the site of a previous property. The Stockgrove mansion and estate houses were built in a mock Georgian style and the house was one of the largest country houses built between the two World Wars.
The Country Park now covers 400 acres and consists of a variety of wildlife habitats including a lake, marshes, ancient oak woodland, conifer plantations and meadows. The lake, noted for its colourful Mandarin Ducks, was once the boating lake for the estate. Beside the lake there is a seat bearing the coat of arms of the Kroyer-Keilberg family.
On the meadow areas you may see green woodpeckers feeding on ants among the wildflowers and grasses.
Rushmere Country Park is between Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes, northwest of Heath and Reach on the Great Brick Hill road and is signposted from the A5.
Parking is available at the Park throughout the year.
The walk starts from the Heron View Visitor Centre by the Rushmere Car Park.
Distance: 4 miles (6.4 km) Time: 1.5 hours
Refreshments: There is a café at Rushmere Park Visitor Centre.
Public Toilets: These are located at the Visitor Centre.
Tips for enjoying your walk. Parts of the walk can become muddy especially after heavy rain, so strong waterproof footwear is recommended. Take care where conditions are rough and do let someone know where you are going. Please be aware that much of the walk is unsuitable for wheelchairs and difficult for pushchairs.
Click here to download the route description and map.
This leaflet was produced Central Bedfordshire Council.