Shepherd's huts near Milton Keynes

From working farms to secluded woodlands, there’s much to explore in the vicinity of one of England’s newest cities.

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Shepherd's huts near Milton Keynes guide

Overview

Whether you’re a seasoned Hipcamper or explorer in earnest, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy in this scenic part of rural England. Not far from central Milton Keynes you’ll find parks and nature reserves ideal for hiking and biking, while further out still you’ll find historic landmarks, including the University of Oxford, and Areas of Natural Beauty begging to be explored. Classic British holiday parks offer an ideal base for caravan tours, while tent-pitchers and pod-dwellers can head deep into the countryside with plenty of privately-run campsites and public campgrounds to choose from.

Where to go

Milton Keynes Countryside

Enclosed by lush valleys, forest reserves, and vast parkland, you don’t need to travel far outside of Milton Keynes to experience the Great British Outdoors. Hunker down by the tranquil lakes of Emberton Country Park, get back to camping basics at one of the nearby working farms, or experience classic British touring at one of the region’s holiday parks.

Aylesbury Vale

Reaching out from Milton Keynes towards Oxford in the west and the Chilterns in the south, this Buckinghamshire valley region is best known for its historic villages, sprawling fields, and secluded countryside campsites. Hipcampers with kids shouldn’t miss a day trip to Aylesbury, home of the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery.

Oxford

Since you’re only an hour away by road, why not drop by the historic university city for a punt on the Isis and pint in a pretty beer garden? There are some good campsites just outside of town too, including glamping and farm camping, so perhaps you could be tempted to stay for another pint!

Chiltern Hills AONB

There are few sights more quintessentially English than that of the undulating Chilterns, and it’s a sight best soaked up on a walk, cycle, or horse ride along the many nature trails that stretch between the region’s royal mansions. Plus, the area is about 45 minutes away from Milton Keynes, Oxford, and London, making it a great stopover spot.

The Cotswolds AONB

One of Britain’s greatest outdoor attractions, the idyllic Cotswolds is made up of picturesque villages, historic landmarks, and miles and miles of unspoilt nature. About a 90-minute drive from Milton Keynes, the region is a great option for a weekend of biking, hiking, or just taking it easy far away from the city.

When to go

Spring and summer are the most popular times for camping here, though be aware that the Great British Weather cannot be foretold, so prepare for pouring rain in summer and bright sun (and rain) in winter. Don’t be put off by the wet weather—if you’re fine with a little mud, there’s a lot to be enjoyed about a Buckinghamshire winter, including stunning snow scatterings, hearty pub lunches, and quieter campsites.

Know before you go

  • Public transport is generally camper-friendly in the UK, but aim to travel with gear outside of peak hours.
  • If you’re on a tight schedule, it may be worth bringing or renting a vehicle.
  • Gear can sometimes be rented onsite, or you’ll usually be given top tips on where to find the best deals.

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