Dad’s the Word Column: Three winter walks to enjoy in MK

Former MK Citizen journalist and married dad-of-two Gareth Ellis picks out three great local walking routes to enjoy with your kids…

Living in Milton Keynes, we’re blessed with so much green space, much more than ‘outsiders’ give us credit for, and since moving to full-time daddy, part time freelancer, I’ve been looking to explore as many as possible.

I’ve lived in Milton Keynes all of my 36 years and, spending 29 of them in Newport Pagnell, my geography was always lacking.

I mean, I never knew exactly where the concrete cows were – blasphemy I know. Now, through dumb luck I live in Bradwell, just a short walk to the cows in neighbouring Bancroft.

I love a walk nowadays, so, for the parents, and non-parents for that matter, I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you.

1: Lodge Lake

I never knew this lake existed. Living in Newport, and not knowing many people this side of town I had no reason to come this way.

Now, it’s what Jess and I call our ‘long walk’ as it’s a good hour and a half from our house, round the lake and back again. It’s got plenty of wildlife, a car park but no nearby coffee shop, so take a drink with you.

2: Linford Wood

Again, a walk that we can do from our house, but another that the kids love – once we get there. It’s so good for exploring and great for learning about nature (or just walking aimlessly).

3: Campbell Park/Willen Lake

One of Rupert and Emi’s favourites. Don’t judge me but until the last few years I didn’t know how close the two were.

We park at Campbell Park and then walk down to the lake. On a good day we can get as far as the hotel, but usually we end up just going straight to the new park.

The point is, whether you have children or not, there are some amazingly good walks around – and we haven’t even found them all…. yet.

Gareth writes a regular blog at and you can follow him on Instagram at @dads_the_word_blog

This feature was published in the December 21/January 22 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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