Rushmere Country Park (not Rushmore as my hubby insists on calling it, if someone could kindly remind me why I married him that would be awesome) is not to far from Leighton Buzzard around the Herts, Beds, Bucks borders.
I was put onto it by one the girls in the Choir, in her words “there is more to do then Wendover Woods and the parking is cheaper”! How could we not check it out?
On a sunny, May half-term weekend, it was glorious. Busy, naturally, but still loads of room to spread out in the picnic field, to roam around the woods and find the fairy doors or just play in one of the play parks. I was expecting it to be heaving so complete win on that front.
We weren’t to sure which of the paths would be buggy friendly so popped into the visitors centre and the staff where so helpful pointing out which routes would be best with a buggy. The route was still hilly and bumpy in places, it is after all a wooded area, but it ensured we steered clear of the big huge steep hill.
So what is there to do at Rushmere:
- The fairy doors, these are dotted along the main walkway away from the carpark and visitors centres. Great fun for running into the trees to find and knock on to try and wake up the fairies
- The giant chair, and it is huge, I had to tiptoe to get the missy moo onto it – she thought it was great fun. We did see someone put their dog on it but knowing Duds he would have broken a leg jumping of so that photo opportunity was not risked!
- The sculpture trail round the Oakwoods, spot the giant carved beetles, spiders and other creep crawlies, as well as see some beautiful wildlife.
- The picnic park – a perfect place to play some games, have a picnic or maybe a cheeky icecream
- The play park for the older kids has a huge slide down the hill, Missy Moo had a proper toddler tantrum when I said no to that one. Instead she had to make do with the smaller slide and play park next to the cafe much more suited to an adventurous toddler!
For a day out with the kids and the dog it ticked all the boxes, lots to keep a toddler occupied, accessible for the buggy when she got tired and pond for the doggy to get himself wet in.
In terms of days out it is also a cheap day if you bring along a picnic, parking is £3 all day (cash on the way out or card at the visitors centre before you leave) and that is all you need to spend unless you fancy splashing out on some treats. You can get lunch at the cafe if you fancy going all out for the day but definitely not necessary and the majority of people were picnic lovers.
Recommendations for your visit
- Take a picnic blanket, there are picnic benches in the picnic field but nothing in the shade
- Pay for you parking at the visitors centre and save your change for somewhere that only accepts cash (hubby decided not to our 50p didn’t work in the machine cue a small traffic jam behind us and slight domestic about his decision not to pay at the visitors centre – I gave him one job!)
- On a dry day, trainers not sandals it is very dusty and sandy. On a wet day or following a wet period I can see wellies being the preferred option.