Rushmere Park is located near the village of Heath and Reach, close to Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire.
Its signed well from the A5 but when you get to a T-junction in the village itself its a bit of a guessing game which way to turn. Head for the main high street and the signs return !
The park is free to visit but there is a £2 parking charge which you pay on exit.
When you arrive at the main car park there is a visitors centre, which has a cafe and toilet facilities, welly washing station and maps of the various walks you can take. If you head to the back of the visitors centre there is a balcony overlooking one of the lakes where a Heronry is located and there are usually a few pairs of breeding herons to be seen.
Just outside the visitors centre there is an enclosed area for children under 5 with wooden and natural play equipment. Just to the side of this area is a play area for older children which consists of a basket swing and a very big slide.
There is a grassed clearing opposite which is ideal for picnics, football or whatever else you fancy.
We headed off on one of the recommended walks and there was a lot to keep the kids interested. There were interesting wood carvings, fairy doors, giant chairs and books, balance beams, wobbly bridges and various other things to spot and explore along the way.
The park has a variety of areas from heathland to lakes, to forest and wildflower meadows. All the routes are well signed and easy to follow using the free map.