Cranfield is set in the countryside right between the city of Milton Keynes and the rural town of Bedford.

On campus you will find plenty of open spaces to relax, rejuvenate and simply enjoy. The open spaces are great for taking a break or for use as an alternative study area during the summer.

On and around campus

The summer biodiversity walks for students and staff on Cranfield campus offer an educational way to get in touch with nature and appreciate the local flora and wildlife. These walks usually take place on selected Wednesdays from 1pm to 1.45pm. For more information, contact the Energy and Environment Team.

The public footpaths around Cranfield are a great way to get out and about. If you like to take a planned route, sketch maps can be picked up from Cranfield Community Centre.

Regular events and activities take place throughout the year with the aim of raising awareness of green issues and helping to maintain a sustainable environment in and around the University campuses. Further information can be found on our green events and activities page.

Milton Keynes

A few miles away is Milton Keynes, known as the ‘city in the country’. Here you will find 5,000 acres of beautiful parkland, rivers and woodlands to explore. Some of the most popular places to visit are listed below.

Willen Lake is a peaceful park surrounded by a lake with a collection of activities to get  involved in such as water sports, high rope courses and mini golf, or simply relax with a picnic or enjoy a BBQ.

Campbell Park is Milton Keynes’ very own central park. Many of the major and free events in Milton Keynes such as the World Picnic, Filipino Festival and the MK Play Day are hosted here. Visit the website to find the event timetable.

Shenley Wood, one of Milton Keynes’ most ancient parks, and Howe Park Wood offer a tranquil woodland walk where interesting insects and wild flowers reside.

Just outside Milton Keynes is Stowe, a picturesque park offering lakeside walks, guided tours and 18th century buildings to discover as you journey around the park.

Alongside the parkland, dedicated path and cycleways across the city mean you can discover and enjoy some of the stunning scenery Milton Keynes has to offer on foot or on a bike safely – ideal if taking children on an adventure.

For more information on places to see, visit the Parks Trust website.


Bedford’s Embankment and Mill Meadows along the River Great Ouse, are collectively referred to as the ‘Jewel in Bedford’s Crown’ for their peaceful and stunning nature.

Priory Country Park is a sanctuary for people and wildlife alike with habitats from meadows to reedbeds. It has been awarded Green Flag status, emphasising the parks high quality and good maintenance.

For more information on Bedford’s green spaces, visit Bedford Borough Council's website.