Admission
Car Park


Walking
Dogs
Cycling

Disabled Access
Cafe, Linslade Road
Picnic
Horse Riding

Toilets
Events
Free.
Times vary so please check, £2 on exit. Annual pass available please download application form and take to visitor centre
Various paths exist around the site.
Permitted, under close control. Click for details
Family cycle routes but permit is required for trails. Click here for an application.
Suitable for wheelchairs around the lake
Tree Tops cafe and Herons Hatch
Facilities available
Permit required for permissive routes.
Click here for an application.
During office hours
Please visit our events page.
See Rushmere Country Park details above
Various paths exist around the site.
Permitted, under close control. Click for details
Permit required
Tracks not designed for disabled access
See Rushmere Country Park
See Rushmere Country Park
Permit required
See Rushmere Country Park
Held throughout the year - 01525 237760
Car Park
Walking
Dogs
Cycling
Disabled Access
Cafe
Picnic
Horse Riding
Toilets
Events
Comprising of 400 acres, the Rushmere Estate has an interesting history dating back to medieval times. Rushmere is jointly owned by the Greensand Trust and Central Bedfordshire Council and is managed by the Greensand Trust under the guidance of a joint Board of both partner organisations. Rushmere includes Stockgrove and Oak Wood.

There are two vehicular entrances with car parking at Linslade Road in Heath & Reach and Brickhill Road in Heath & Reach (former Stockgrove Country Park entrance). There are two visitor centres one near each car park & a variety or habitats including lakes, ancient woodland conifer plantations, meadows and heath. Click here for a plan of the site.

Rushmere Country Park’s new café is now open, accessible from the Linslade Road entrance, offering opportunities to enjoy quality food and drink while soaking in fantastic views over a wooded valley. A range of light refreshments, including cakes, ice creams and drinks are available, helping people enjoy their visit to this 400 acre site with trails, sculptures, natural play equipment and much more. The works have been completed thanks to a grant from the Greensand Ridge Rural Development Programme and funding from the Rushmere Partnership.

BBQ’s are allowed in the picnic area if raised off the ground (not on picnic tables). No open fires please!
Please take all your rubbish home with you. General waste bins are not provided. Dog waste bins are provided, please use them for bagged dog waste only.

There is designated Disabled Parking in both car parks and a wheelchair is available to borrow from Stockgrove visitor centre – please book. The path around the lake at the Stockgrove entrance is flat and suitable for wheelchair use. Some of the paths in Rushmere are suitable for wheelchair users however please be aware they are not tarmaced and are likley to be sandy soils with some inclines and declines. No fishing or model boats are permitted on the lakes and you are asked not to feed the ducks or the squirrels which are becoming a pest and impacting the quality of the lake and surrounding areas for other wildlife.


The Greensand Ridge Walk runs through the site.  A number of public paths also give access from Heath and Reach, Three Locks, Stoke Hammond and Great Brickhill enabling circular walks incorporating Oak Wood.  Various permissive paths add to the network within the site. The Bedfordshire County Council Stockgrove circular walk leaflet includes a section in Oak Wood.

Car Park
Walking
Dogs
Cycling
Disabled Access
Cafe
Picnic
Horse Riding
Toilets
Events
Times vary so please check, £1 donation
Various paths exist around the site.
Permitted, must be under close control
Not Permitted
Tracks not designed for disabled access
See Rushmere Park
See Rushmere Park
Permit required
See Rushmere Park
Held throughout the year - 01525 237760
The Heath is generally grazed by sheep and ponies and dogs must be kept on a lead when these are present in the Spring and Summer.
The Greensand Ridge Walk runs along the northern edge of the site.  Various permissive paths add to the network within the site and also into the neighbouring woodland and nature reserve.  Please keep to these marked paths.  Some areas are not accessible to the public so as to conserve important wildlife and vegetation and other areas are privately owned

Car Park
Walking
Dogs
Cycling
Disabled Access
Cafe
Picnic
Horse Riding
Toilets
Events
Attached to the sports facilities
A path through woodland is open to all
Permitted, must be kept under control
Not permitted
No specific paths exist
None
No facilities
Not permitted
No facilities
Volunteer tasks led by the Greensand Trust
This is a part restored pit, part of it is a sports ground the other part was planted as a community woodland in 2006. The Geology of Stone Lane pit is important and the ancient settlement of Overend Green is nearby.Sports area only for H & R Sports Association.  An interpretation panel at top of hill in the woodland gives details about the site.
Other points of interest occur nearby and are explained by local interpretation boards: 
Heath and Reach Quarries - 372kb.jpg
Overend Green Ancient Settlement - 377kb.jpg
Car Park
Walking
Dogs
Cycling
Disabled Access
Cafe
Picnic
Horse Riding
Toilets
Events
None
Paths allow access to nature reserve
Permitted, must be kept under control
Not permitted
No specific paths exist
None
No facilities
None permitted
No facilities
Volunteer tasks led by Greensand Trust

The Trust acts as Manager for this ex-quarry which is partly filled in with asphalt etc. from the neighbouring plant. It is now also being transformed into a nature reserve. There is a small area of scrub, grassland, ponds and unique lichen heath on dumped asphalt. The area is managed by mowing, rabbits, and coppicing and scrub control. The old asphalt plant has been landscaped with ponds ready for natural regeneration. Great Crested Newts occur on the site and Warblers can be seen in spring. Dragonflies are present May-August, Butterflies spring - summer and Lichens can be seen all year round.

Paths allow access only to Nature Reserve and link to permissive footpaths from Heath and Reach (Sandhouse Link) and to A5 (via Jones' Pit). There is no access to the area of the old asphalt plant.

Nature Reserve Interpretive Graphic - 376kb jpg