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Parson's Close Recreation Ground

Parson's Close Recreation Ground

0.92km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

The Park is home to the very popular Splash ‘n’ Play facility, the beach, the skate park, and also the bandstand. The Splash ‘n’ Play water park is currently closed for winter. the area surrounding the green became the focus for fine houses and grounds built by merchants and the gentry within easy distance of London, yet in a more salubrious setting than the urban environs. A number of Georgian houses have survived, some of them replacing earlier Tudor and Elizabethan buildings.

Ascott House

Ascott House

3.85km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

Ascott House is a former hunting box that dates back to the 16th Century was donated to the National Trust in 1949 by Anthony de Rothschild, together with the Ascott Collection. It is set in a 3,200-acre estate. There are a few steep slopes in the gardens, however many of the paths are level and provide stunning views over the Aylesbury Vale. All visitors using the paths and grounds are asked to take care and wear the appropriate footwear.

Rushmere Country Park

Rushmere Country Park

3.9km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

Rushmere Country Park is 400 acres of woodland, heathland, and meadows. The main impression you'll most likely come away with is of a heavily wooded area that breaks out into some quite large grassy areas here and there. It is an attractive and accessible public open space, zoned in a manner that enables a wide range of leisure and countryside activities, whilst protecting and enhancing the sensitive natural and historic environment.

Rushmere Country Park - Herons View Visitor Centre

Rushmere Country Park - Herons View Visitor Centre

4.54km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

A great place to discover nature and enjoy the outdoors - walking outdoors. Here you can 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.

Mentmore Towers

Mentmore Towers

5.22km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

Mentmore Towers is a 19th-century English country house built between 1852 and 1854 for the Rothschild family in the village of Mentmore in Buckinghamshire. Not abandoned and still in good condition, this Grade I listed building, and its entire estate has passed through so many owners over a two-century period, that it somehow feels detached from the real world.

Stockgrove Country Park

Stockgrove Country Park

5.33km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

A huge country park which comprises 80 acres. It has an interesting history dating back to medieval times. It has a visitor center and a variety of habitats including a lake, ancient woodland conifer plantations, meadows, and heath. One of the best sites in the county which provides A pleasant stroll around water bodies & woodland with bat detectors, while keeping a record of bat activity. The park is partly in the Kings and Bakers Woods and Heaths Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Ivinghoe Beacon

Ivinghoe Beacon

8.06km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

Ivinghoe Beacon is one end of the ancient path The Ridgeway, which stretches 85 miles from Overton Hill near Avebury, Wiltshire. It is a popular spot for walkers and sightseers. Model aircraft enthusiasts also use lift generated by the wind blowing up the hill to fly their unpowered aircraft – a technique known as slope soaring.

Icknield Way

Icknield Way

8.27km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

Icknield Way Trail is a long distance footpath in East Anglia, England. It is unique among long-distance tracks because it can claim to be "the oldest road in Britain". It runs from the end of the Ridgeway Path at Ivinghoe Beacon, near Tring, to the start of the Peddar's Way at Knettishall Heath.

Icknield Way Trail

Icknield Way Trail

8.69km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

The Icknield Way Trail passes along an ancient chalk ridge but there is a variety of landscapes to view including flat fenland and rolling chalk downland, as well as picturesque villages and ancient beech woodland. It is generally said to be one of the oldest roads, the route of which can still be traced, being one of the few long-distance trackways to have existed before the Romans occupied the country.

Woburn Abbey and Gardens - Closed until Easter 2022 for major refurbishment project..

Woburn Abbey and Gardens is a beautiful garden which was comprises lake, a serpentine river, an American Garden, extensive planting, a bridge, and a Thornery. Woburn Abbey has a hornbeam maze, herbaceous borders, ponds, a woodland garden and a Chinese dairy overlooking a pool.

National Trust - Dunstable Downs, Chilterns Gateway Centre and Whipsnade Estate

Dunstable Downs is the highest point in the East of England and one of the best-known viewpoints on the Chilterns ridge. The chalk grasslands of the Downs have miles of footpaths and circular walks to enjoy. Because of its elevation, Dunstable Downs hosted a station in the shutter telegraph chain which connected the Admiralty in London. It was one of the iconic locations in this area and it will be a memorable moment too.

Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Downs

9.34km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

Dunstable Downs is the highest point in the East of England and one of the best-known viewpoints on the Chilterns ridge, which was situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. It attracts a lot of tourists and also its views are truly mesmerizing.

Houghton Hall Park

Houghton Hall Park

9.52km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

Houghton Hall was commissioned as a private estate in 1700 by Alice Brandreth, it was part of a much larger land holding of one Henry Brandreth who once owned all of what is now Houghton Regis. It now presents as a path running around the periphery of a number of large fields. Some are mowed and others are left to grow, presumably in order to support small wildlife: butterflies and such.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

9.84km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

A huge wildlife park which was located at Whipsnade, which was one of two zoos that are owned by the Zoological Society of London. It covers 600 acres. Due to its size, inside the park, visitors may walk, use the zoo's bus service, or drive their own cars between the various animal enclosures, or through an 'Asian' area where some animals are allowed to roam free around the cars.

National Trust - Whipsnade Tree Cathedral

National Trust - Whipsnade Tree Cathedral

9.98km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

A beautiful natural location that was covered with trees, hedges, and shrubs planted in the form of a medieval cathedral. This incredible Tree Cathedral was created after the First World War in the spirit of "faith, hope, and reconciliation". The cathedral, which covers 26 acres, was begun in the interwar years in an effort to foster ‘Faith, hope and reconciliation’. The Tree Cathedral contains chapels meant for each of the four seasons.

College Lake

College Lake

10.06km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

College Lake is widely regarded as one of the best places in Buckinghamshire for water birds, and with many hides overlooking the lake, this is a great destination for bird watchers or for families, whatever the weather or time of year. The site has more than a thousand species of wildlife on the lake, marshland, and grassland. Rare species include Lapwings, which nest on islands in the lake, and redwing.

Tring Reservoirs

Tring Reservoirs

10.5km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

A huge water source that comprises four individual reservoirs: Startop's End, Marsworth and Tringford reservoirs are all close together and Wilstone reservoir is a short distance to the west. Originally built to serve the canal system, the reservoirs have become one of the best birdwatching spots in southern England.

Caldecotte Lake

Caldecotte Lake

11.67km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

Caldecotte Lake lies off the H10 Bletcham Way, between the V10 Brickhill Street and the A5. There’s the lake where you can feed the ducks, a nice park and also just behind the Caldecotte Arms is one of MK’s hidden gems – the Caldecotte Miniature Railway. It costs just £1 a ride and the train goes round a track twice. IT was one of the iconic attraction where you can spend some nice time.

The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing

11.82km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

The National Museum of Computing is home to the world's largest collection of working historic computers. This museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.

Bridgewater Monument

Bridgewater Monument

11.83km from Leighton Buzzard Railway

The monument was built in 1832 in memory of the third Duke of Bridgewater who once lived in Ashridge house. As you walk around its York stone base, notice how the monument is dedicated to 'the father of inland navigation' because the duke became famous for building canals during the Industrial Revolution. One of the iconic monument in this area which shows light to the history of England.

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Leighton Buzzard Railway

Leighton Buzzard Railway

Pages Park Station, Billington Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 4TG, UK

The Leighton Buzzard Railway is one of England's longest and oldest narrow-gauge lines, with a worldwide collection of locomotives and rolling stock and so more. It also now houses one of the largest and most important collections of narrow-gauge stock in England. Both the collection and the railway itself are covered by our Accredited Museum designation, awarded by Arts Council England.