I’m currently training (and I use the word training loosely, as really all I’m doing is going for the occasional walk and bike ride) for the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge. I’m hiking the peaks in aid of Alzheimer’s Society and in memory of my Great Grandma, and so, to prepare myself I’ve been heading out to explore a little bit more of the local area, on foot. I started, many months back with a walk around Salcey Forest and, while I have actually done several walks between then and now, they haven’t been particularly noteworthy.
However, that all changed a couple of weeks ago when, on a particularly sunny day, Emma and I loaded the yard dog, Marley up, for his second adventure with us. This time, we took him out to explore some of the Emberton Country Park walking routes. As I’m now a full-time freelancer and Emma is a student, we had the added benefit of being able to take a few hours out of a weekday so we barely saw anyone else the entire time we were there and it felt, for the most part, as if we had the entire place to ourselves.
A day trip to Emberton Country Park:
Emberton Country Park is located just one mile away from the popular town of Olney and offers 200 acres of parkland and lakes for members of the public to enjoy. Alongside the many walking and cycling routes, there is also a children's play area, a conservation area, a sailing club and numerous picnic areas so there are plenty of reasons to get planning a visit to Emberton Country Park.
We ambled around one of the lakes, relishing in the fact that there was hardly anyone else around and laughing at the mischief that Marley was managing to get up to, even while on the lead. We found ourselves in the prettiest little walkway, lined with trees and covered in blossoms at one point and then we emerged back beside the lake a bit further along.
After a walk, and a stop (several stops) for photos by the lake, Emma and I found a bench overlooking the water and sat ourselves down for lunch. There are benches dotted around at viewpoints all over the park, so it’s the perfect place to head out for a picnic and the sun was shining for us, which made it even more enjoyable. Marley eyeballed us for the duration of our lunch, as you would expect any lab to do and then rejoiced when he was finally gifted with some leftovers. Typical Labrador.
Things to do at Emberton Country Park:
There are 5km of footpaths and trails to follow through the parkland and around the five lakes, so for any walkers or cyclists, Emberton Park is a real gem. Whether you’re looking to take a longer route, or you’ve only got a few hours spare (like we did), there are a number of paths that you can follow of varying lengths.
It is also possible to purchase fishing permits all year round at Emberton Park, so you can also enjoy fishing on all of the five lakes and we did spot a few fishermen as we made our way along the trails.
There’s even a little café on site, which we didn’t make the most of but most certainly will be upon our return! For those not wanting to spend any more money, however, there are plenty of picnic and BBQ areas dotted throughout the park so your trip out to Emberton Park can really be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be.
Staying at Emberton Country Park:
While we just visited for the day, you can actually camp onsite at Emberton Park. There are 200 touring sites and 114 static pitches, all of which have access to toilets and there are shower facilities at some sites too.
Despite living just a ten-minute drive away, I had never actually set aside the time to walk through Emberton Park beforehand but I’m glad that I finally made the time to explore it, as it really is a hidden gem in the Milton Keynes area. Particularly for anyone who is looking to go on a countryside dog walk.
The only downside is the rather expensive onsite parking but if you live in the local area, it’s definitely a spot that I would recommend walking to as it’s within close proximity to both Olney and Sherington.