Rushmere Park is a beautiful 210 acre country park at the northern edge of Leighton Buzzard with lakes, ancient woodlands, conifer plantations, meadows and heath.
Rushmere Park was privately owned until purchased by Central Bedfordshire Council and the Greensand Trust who opened it to the public in 2011.
The Park lies adjacent to Stockgrove Country Park which has been popular with visitors for many years. Visitors now have access to both Rushmere, Stockgrove and adjoining Oak Wood, a total area of 400 acres. Since 2011 Stockgrove Country Park and Rushmere Park have been operated as ‘one site’.
The estate is beautiful with a fascinating variety of habitats including Bakers Wood a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its semi- natural Ancient Woodland. Wildlife is abundant and includes Mandarin ducks, woodpeckers, warblers, butterflies, common lizards and herons. In fact the park has its own heronry and holds a heron festival during March, April and May where visitors can listen to talks from bird experts whilst watching resident herons as they construct nests, lay eggs and rear their young.
Rushmere Park has many guided routes for walkers, dog walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Visitors can move freely between Stockgrove Park and Rushmere Park
There is a visitor centre with helpful literature about the park, the visitor centre has a veranda overlooking the lake where visitors can watch the herons.
Parking and Directions
Car parking is available for a £2 daily charge. There is no entry charge for walkers and cyclists.
There are toilets in the park.
The main entrance for Rushmere Park is on the Old Linslade Road
From Leighton Buzzard, head north along Plantation Road until the end then turn right, the entrance will be further along on your left.
From Heath & Reach, turn left at the bottom of Birds Hill, after leaving the village the entrance will be on your right.
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