April – Milton Country Park, Paxton Pits and Swineshead Woods
This month’s highlights include –
Milton Country Park
(25 minute drive) Just North of Cambridge, Milton Country Park
was created from old gravel pits. 95 acres of country park to explore. Good walking paths, lakes, fishing points and playgrounds. £2 to park unfortunately, but there is a lovely café and toilets in the park. They also have lots of events throughout the year.
(29 minute drive) Great for looking at bluebells. It’s a Woodland Trust owned wood, 22 hectares of SSSI. The woods are great for dog walking as it’s quite vast and has very few people walking but it’s quite a chore to get to. We tried to enter via Kimbolton but the track is closed between October and May so we has to drive to the other end of the track where we parked, and walked up the woods. You could fit 2/3 cars in the car park but it’s free. You can walk a perimeter walk or through the woods, but there is little signage.
(12 minute drive) We took the Heron trail, 2 miles long passing lakes, a marina, gravel paths and a sand quarry. Not too many people, but the free car park was full by the time we got back. The visitor centre is open most days, serving refreshments and helpful volunteers with maps. You will also find a children’s corner and nature table.