Late Summer Walks Programme 2022

Here are details of the MKNHS walks during  August 2022. These take place on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

We also have some events that involve outside organizations: these you have to book so that we know numbers. Further details of these will be sent by email in the near future; the only one in this program is Gallows Bridge which is briefly noted below.

You can locate a Grid reference on a map by searching ‘Grid reference finder’ in your browser or Play store or Apple I-store app.

The start time of each meeting is given against its date. Please arrive 15 minutes before the walks are due to start, so we can run through the risk assessment as appropriate. 

Please note that clause 7 of the Society’s constitution reads: “the Society will exercise due care when arranging its meetings and activities for the benefit of members.  Members taking part in any meeting or activity do so at their own risk.”

A PDF file of the Late Summer Walks Programme can be downloaded here.


Tuesday 2nd Howe Park Wood:  Andy Harding
Meet at 19.45 for 20.00 start.
Another mothing evening at a site where the Society has recorded moths in the past. Also a chance to see bats at dusk.
Meet at the car park off Chaffron Way (H7) Post code MK4 3GG. Grid reference SP830344.

Sunday, 7th – Walton Lake and River Ouzel: Colin Docketty
Meet at 10.15 for 10.30 start
We will first view the emergent plant Arrowhead (Sagittaria Sagittifolia) at one of its few locations on the River Ouzel, and then go on a circular walk to see what is around.
Parking at Walton Lake Car Park in Newport Road.  nearest post  code MK6 3AP.  Grid reference SP 879369.

Tuesday 16th – Willen Lake North:  Martine Harvey
Meet at 18.45 for 19.00 start.
We will walk around the lake and visit the bird hide. Some of the birds to be seen include Gulls, Ducks, Long Tailed Tits, Warblers and possibly a Goldcrest. One of our best local bird-watching sites at a good time for autumn passage.
Most of the walk is on a path, with some bridleway which could be muddy.
Meet at the Sports Pavilion car park, off Hooper Gate, Willen MK15 9AA. Grid reference: SP 876410.

Tuesday 23rd – Linford Manor Park: Carla Boswell/Ellie Broad
Meet at 18.45 for 19.00 start.
Historic parklands recently restored by The Parks Trust. Carla & Ellie will show some of the restored features including ponds and stone walls. We will end the night with some bat recording.
Meet at the Arts Centre car park off Parklands, Great Linford. Postcode: MK14 5AU.  Grid reference SP 851423.

Tuesday 30th – Elfield Park: James Chew
Meet at 18.45 for 19.00 start.
A brownfield site with limited public access, now the home of Elfield Park Bushcraft Group. Woodland, scrub and species rich ponds. Note the car park will be locked at 19:10. Access via the Bowl entrance off Watling Street. Nearest postcode MK6 1NJ. Grid reference SP 854362


NEXT MEETING:  6th September
Back to our usual autumn/winter indoor venue: The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes, MK13 9AP


All members of the Society are reminded that during Society outdoor activities they must comply with current Government and Public Health rules and guidance concerning Covid-19.

For any forthcoming Society activity, each member who is planning to participate should assess his/her own risk and that of their household having regard to his/her own health and circumstances. This requirement is in accordance with the Society’s Constitution that states ‘Members taking part in any meeting or activity do so at their own risk.’

Practical and Covid-19 risk assessments are carried out in advance of each planned walk. Please arrive 15 minutes before the walks are due to start, so we can run through the Society’s risk assessment as appropriate.

Note that there is also a page of self-guided walks, with directions and guidance on what you might see.