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Local walks in Milton Keynes

Now that the sun is shining and spring is on its way, it’s the perfect time to explore some local walks and, being based at MK Arts Centre in the beautiful grounds of Linford Manor, we thought we’d share some local walks in the Milton Keynes area. Milton Keynes is known for being a melting pot of urban and rural landscapes. As a result it has many green open spaces that flow with the original footprint the ‘city’ was built upon enveloping and preserving over 14 villages inside the grid road network. Some popular walking areas are Willen Lake, Ouzel Valley Park, Campbell Park and Caldecotte Lake, but there are always beautiful meadows, parks and little village pockets to be found.

The Parks Trust website lists many local walks in and around Milton Keynes including a 25 mile challenge, guided walks, self-guided walks, discovery strolls,  woof walks, health walks and information on the women’s walking network: https://www.theparkstrust.com/activities/walking/. Whether you’re walking for fun, fitness or just taking the dog for a stroll, there is plenty of truly beautiful places to explore. Ignore the old 1980s reputation Milton Keynes was labelled – get off the grid and look at what’s inside it – it’s beautiful!

 

Here at Cute Maps we have fortunately designed quite a few walk maps with many local businesses, organisations, charities, parishes and MK Council. ‘A dog walkers guide to Milton Keynes’ compiled by Debbie Greaves and Rob Angell has 14 different dog walks that Cute Maps designed. One of our favourites is Dog Walk 2 that meanders around Loughton and Great Holm. Highlights on this walk are lakeside views, ancient hamlets, the 13th century All Saints Church, one ancient village green and one new village green. Another favourite walk of ours is Dog Walk 8, which takes you through the ancient villages of Woolstone, Woughton and a portion of the scenic Ouzel Valley Park which runs the length of the city. This is an hour and a half walk taking in pubs, riverside and canal towpath sections, historic landmarks, children’s play parks and a village green. All walks in this book have nuggets of useful information that’s perfect for every dog walker, such as dog-friendly pubs, poo bins, parking & grazing areas and the length of road walking. The book can be purchased here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/550547534/a-dog-walkers-guide-to-milton-keynes

Another walk we designed was for dance group MOTUS’ event Pedalling the Tracks https://www.motusdance.co.uk/about. Although designed for cycling, walkers were also encouraged to the event and it makes a great walk suitable for all types of walkers, predominantly along the old train track the ‘Newport Nobby’ which ran from Newport Pagnell to Wolverton and includes the preserved train station platforms complete with retro station signs. Featuring the Cute Maps studio building, which was formerly an old gatehouse to Linford Manor in Great Linford, we really recommend this pretty walk to locals and visitors.

Recently Cute Maps also designed the ‘Wolverton Town Trails’ boards, whose walks can be found on the app of the same name in the Apple App Store, Google Play store and on Milton Keynes Councils’ website. There are four trails – here’s a peek of the ‘Walk in Railwaymen’s Footsteps’ walk. Look out for the boards in Wolverton planned to be erected later this year!

 

First Picture- from left to right, top to bottom.

Great Linford Manor- https://discovermiltonkeynes.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/great-linford-manor/

Ouzel Valley Park- https://www.theparkstrust.com/parks/ouzel-valley-park

River Crossing- http://www.mkramblers.org.uk/

Peace Pagoda- Instagram @errazti_93

Celebrity Weddings

Since Kate Middleton and Prince William married in 2011 the British public and the world have fallen in love with the Royals all over again and inspired other celebrity weddings. From Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (2014), to Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer(1954) celebrity weddings have been the talk of brides, grooms and the wedding industry for over 60 years and will continue to be inspirational.

2018 Weddings:

Taking a look back at 2018, we witnessed the wedding of the year between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. In November fans discovered that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin also married, but announced to the world in a less conventional and cute way by changing their Instagram names. Both had a huge influence on 2018 weddings and fans of the royals and celebrities. Other celebrities who wed in 2018 were Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard, Chanel Iman and Sterling Shephard.

 

Celebrity Wedding Designers:

Jenny Packham
A very elegant wedding dress designer who has her own collection of bridal & bridesmaids outfits, red carpet gowns, jewellery and even her own line of candles (interesting fact: she is also sister to BBC nature presenter Chris Packham!). Her pieces have been worn by some of the most famous female celebrities: Miley Cyrus, Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie, Kate Middleton, Kate Winslet, Blake Lively and Adele. http://www.jennypackham.com/

Sassi Holford
All of her work is handmade in England and isn’t limited to bridal gowns –  occasion and evening wear are also a huge part of her craftsmanship. Her collections are what brides dreams are made of – often simple, elegant and elements for many tastes in fashion. Celebrities who have wed in her beautiful gowns are Emily Andre, Autumn Phillips, Helen Skelton and Shirlie Kemp.  https://sassiholford.com/

Charlie Brear
Bohemian brides beware, this designer has the vintage wedding dress of your dreams! She has a huge following of modern brides who love her unique style. Her 2019 collection has modern flare and challenges the classical take on a wedding dress, with popular jumpsuit and two piece sets and different colours such as greys, pinks, blues and floral patterns. http://www.charliebrear.com/

Vera Wang
Known for designing traditional dresses with a modern edge, her gowns are unmistakeably identifiable. Her iconic bridal designs range from feathered tulle flower embroidery to a floating organza petal skirt with pleated tulle. Her pieces are so well designed they can pull off all colours, including ivory, nude, charcoal, black, reds and pinks. Celebrities wearing Vera Wang on their wedding days include, Alicia Keys, Kim Kardashian, Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Clinton and Khloe Kardashian. https://www.verawang.com/

Celebrity wedding venues:

A wedding venue can be the defining element of a wedding and many have chosen some awe-inspiring places. Even if they are outside the budget, they’re a great source of inspiration!

Amberley Castle, West Sussex is a stunning venue with 12 acres of gardens and historic architecture for a steep price of £15,000 to £28,000. It was also home to ‘This Mornings’ presenter Holly Willoughby’s wedding to Dan Baldwin.

Luttrellstown Castle, Dublin is well-known wedding venue with a 567-acre private estate with panoramic views of Wicklow mountains. Packages for the estate start at around £110 per person. This location is most famous for housing David and Victoria Beckham’s wedding.

Borgo Egnazia Resort, Fasano, Italy wed the celebrity couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. The stunning 40 acre resort overlooks the Adriatic Sea and has beautiful views. A wedding here starts at £140 and can range to £943 per person.

The historic Hotel in Venice’s Canal Grande was a fitting location for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. The Hotel Aman is a 16th century palazzo where wedding prices start from £1,000 a night to £5,106.