Trail blaze MK’s cultural routes this summer

With new routines for a lot of people, there’s never been a better time to explore MK over the summer months, whether it’s for a run, walk or bike ride.

Over the next few weeks, new and easy-to-follow wayfinding markers will be popping up across MK’s existing cultural routes. Each route is colour coded and have QR codes linking to more information about its history.

Each of the routes are approximately 10 miles long, with a 5-mile shortcut and they all connect to one another across the borough’s Redway network. The five routes are listed below:

  • Yellow route theme – Cars, boats and trains
  • Blue route theme – Ancient and modern Milton Keynes
  • Green route theme – Rivers, lakes and dinosaurs
  • Iron route theme – Romans, rivers, trams and trains
  • Cornflower theme – Woods, frogs and a Toot

A few things you can come across include the iconic concrete cows, art trails, the Light Pyramid in Campbell Park even you can even cross over the world’s oldest cast iron bridge.

Cllr Emily Darlington Cabinet Member for the Public Realm said, “The new simple wayfinding signs along with the interactive maps provides a great way to visit and explore the greatness of MK and its offering to anyone who either works, lives or visits the city. The routes include cultural destinations, historic sites, MK’s vast parks and open spaces.”

“Don’t forget to share your pictures on our social channels exploring the cultural trails over the next few months,” added Cllr Darlington.

The colour coded routes will match what you will be able to see across the routes. There’s never been a better time to get exploring! For more info visit the website

New climate study

Energy conscious property and business owners are invited to take part in a study that could lead to reduced council tax and business rates.

Milton Keynes Council has been allocated grant funding by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to determine whether a pilot of council tax and/or business rate incentives would encourage local people to be more energy efficient. Offering incentives could help Milton Keynes towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

The survey will capture attitudes towards green measures including upgrades to loft insultation and smart heating controls.

It’s part of a larger study funded by BEIS to assess if homeowners and business owners are prepared to play a bigger part in becoming energy efficient, and how local authorities can be part of the solution for the climate emergency.

Cabinet member with responsibility for climate change, Councillor Jenny Wilson-Marklew said: “This is an exciting opportunity for you and other residents to influence what incentives there are to help us all live more sustainable lives. Your thoughts will influence the government’s approach in helping councils tackle the climate emergency.”

Submissions are anonymous and the feedback gathered will not be used for any other purpose. To complete the survey, click the links below:

Residential: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MKC_Residential

Commercial: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MKC_Commercial