Rushmere Country Park

What Rushmere Country Park has to offer!

A great place to discover nature and enjoy the outdoors - walking outdoors is deemed fairly safe but avoid contact with others.

Come and view herons nesting in Spring from our outdoor café terrace, discover fairy doors and the Giant’s Chair along our Sculpture Trail, walk the dog, bring your bike, ride your horse – we’ve something for everyone.

Managed by The Greensand Trust, working in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council, the park is run on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of visitors and wildlife.

Attractions include:

  • Sculpture Trail - ‘access for all’ trail suitable for buggies and wheelchairs where visitors can search for fairies and have a photograph in the Giant’s Chair (pictured)
  • Play areas - play areas and play spots around the site
  • The heronry - watch herons raise their young in the Spring 
  • Specialist trails: A network of walking, cycling and horse-riding trails - we have free entry points into the park for cyclists to enter the site but to use our specialist cycling and horse riding trails you will need to purchase a Greensand Pass.
  • Dog walking at the park: Areas where dogs can be walked on and off the lead including a dog fun area specifically for our canine friends
  • Facilities: Herons View Visitor Centre, toilets, Tree Tops Restaurant and The Deck Herons Hatch takeaway, meadow for picnics, Stockgrove Visitor Centre and cafe

Carol on Google Reviews says:

Love coming here, with lots of trails through the woods to do. We especially like coming across the many wooden sculptures hidden amongst the trees and finding the goblin doors. This makes wondering through the woods quite magical for children and adults alike. There are lakes, toilets, buggy friendly routes and plenty of picnic areas and a nice cafe.

Parking at the park

Our new automatic number plate recognition (APNR) parking system is now in operation. You must now pay for your parking before you leave the car park at both entrances as there is no payment possible at the exit barrier.

Holders of the Greensand Parking Pass should continue to present their pass at the exit barrier as usual.

Information on paying for parking and charges available here.

The Annual Greensand Parking Pass offers regular visitors to the park huge savings on parking. It is available for £60 for a whole year's parking or you can support our sites further by choosing the donate and Gift Aid option for just £66 - this equates to just £5 (£5,50 with Gift Aid) per month.

You can purchase your Greensand Pass for parking, cycling and horse riding here

Rushmere Country Park is the holder of a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence as a result of the high number of excellent reviews it receives via the website.

Before your first visit you can get to know the lay out of the park and all it has to offer by downloading a copy of our park leaflet with map or just the map available here:

Download the latest Rushmere Country Park leaflet here

Download the latest map of the park here


Opening Times

The park main entrance in Linslade Road OPEN 9am - 6pm until Sunday 31st October. 

From Monday Monday 1st November the park will close at 5pm. The Stockgrove entrance opens by 9.30am and has the same closing time as the main entrance. 

Please make sure you exit the park before closing time as we don't want any visitors to be locked in!

The park is closed on Christmas Day and may close at other times when we perceive there to be a risk to visitors such as high winds - Check out what's currently open here


Contact Us at Rushmere Country Park

You can call Rushmere Visitor Services during office hours on 01525 234260. Email us on [email protected] and we'll get back to you as soon as we can, also you can send us a message via our Facebook page but we may not be able to respond immediately.

Our Stockgrove offices can be contacted on 01525 237760.

The Ranger on duty can be contacted on 07817 205870 (please note this is not a 24/7 service).


Park Rules   

            

  • No BBQs 
  • No drones, metal detectors, kites or model aircraft please
  • No open fires and no camping!
  • Please take all rubbish home as no general waste bins are provided.
  • Dog waste bins are provided: bagged dog waste only please 


     

Rushmere Country Park has been made available for visitors through The Greensand Trust and Central Bedfordshire Council working in partnership for the benefit of both people and wildlife.