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Three Locks walks & Through Rushmere park 5th August 8.14m

Another walk for Team Madison. we have always called this Stockgrove park but they seem to have changed the name, unless we were always wrong! They have also started to charge for parking, £2 for all day however is not to bad. Park your car in the small car park (streetmap) and then make your way into the large woods to the south of the car park and the start of the route. Most of this route we have covered before so I will not go into to much detail however this is from the official site.

introduction: Greensand Trust and Central Bedfordshire Council have formed a partnership to preserve a large area of parkland for people and wildlife. Rushmere Estate, situated just north of Leighton Buzzard, comprises 210 acres of parkland and mixed woodland, with a wide variety of important habitats, including open grassland, heathland and lakes.
Rushmere Estate Was formerly part of Stockgrove Park Estate but has been in private ownership for many years. The combination of Rushmere Estate with the adjacent Stockgrove Country Park (80 acres) and Oak Wood (100 acres), already owned by the Council and Greensand Trust respectively will create a 400 acre public open space for future generations to enjoy.
Funding Central Bedfordshire Council and the Greensand Trust have been able to purchase Rushmere Estate using money from both Central Government, including a grant of £573,000 from the Department of Communities and Local Government, and private third sector funding and donations, including a generous donation of £120,000 from the Peter Smith Charitable Trust.
The partnership is now looking for funding to help improve the site to make it accessible for everyone and ensure good conservation management to enhance and protect the vulnerable wildlife habitats.
The rest of the way worked its way along the grand union canal where we had a pint in the
three locks pub (streetmap)