Although they say MK is a city designed for the car (plenty of wide roads and dual carriageways) there are lots of places to walk, along the banks of the River Ouse, the towpath of the Grand Union Canal, any number of milton keynes parks and green spaces where you can see the remains of a Roman Villa or a 12th Centruy prior,y and even the notorious concrete cows. unless you just want the shops it's worth parking up and getting on the cycle paths (redways) and heading for the lakes, parks and woods.

MK is relatively flat with few hills, I believe that the network of footpaths, cycle paths and yet more cycle paths, and bridle ways is over 300 miles within the city boundary.  Paths are well looked afer and generally of a high standard, so you won't need much in the way of specialist equipment if you stick to the paths.

There are two "Artwalks" which take you around either MK City Centre or Campbell Park, both routes let you see a number of different public works of art.   MK green spaces (4,500 acres) are mostly looked after by the The Parks Trust, an independent charity and they have a website - www.theparkstrust.com showing walks and park guides.

Quite a number of long distance footpaths cross or run close to Milton Keynes, including:
 

  • Three Shires Way - runs for 35 miles from Tathall End (just outside MK) to Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire
  • Swan's Way - from Salcey Forest, the 68 mile route crosses the Vale of Aylesbury and the Chiltern Hills to the Thames at Goring
  • Greensand Ridge Walk - from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay, via Woburn Abbey and Ampthill Park, 40 miles.
  • North Bucks Way - from Great Kimble near Chequers to Wolverton, a 35 mile path via Waddeston and Quainton
  • Bunyan Trail - a 75 mile circular route, starts and finishes at Sundon Hills Country Park in Bedfordshire
  • Icknield Way - follow a group of prehistoric trackways for 103 miles - Ivinghoe Beacon to Nettishall Heath in Suffolk

For reference http://www.mkweb.co.uk/walking/ downloadable routes, maps and info go to www.mkweb.co.uk