Leisure Rail Through Marston Vale: Bow Brickhill Circular Walk


Introduction

There are many opportunities for enjoyable walks from stations on the Bedford to Bletchley rail line. Leaflets giving details of riverside walks in Bedford are available from the tourist office and library. The walks associated to this leaflet (there are four: Fenny Stratford Circular Walk, Stewartby to Millbrook walk via Stewartby Lake, Bow Brickhill Circular Walk, Ridgmont ‘Clay Way’ Circular Walk) are suggestions, suitable for most ages, but not advisable with pushchairs. The length of the walks is generally between 1 and 2 hours, depending on stops made at places of interest. These walks all begin and end at stations on the Marston Vale rail line.
This 3.5 mile circular walk starts from Bow Brickhill station.


How To Get There by Passenger Transport
BY BUS – Bow Brickhill is on bus routes from Milton Keynes. Telephone Bedfordshire Bus Information Line : 01234 228337, 8.30am – 5pm open 5 days a week or Travel Line 0870 6082608.
BY TRAIN – Bow Brickhill station, on the Bedford to Bletchley line, is in Bow Brickhill village. There are no trains on Sundays. For timetable information, please telephone National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950.
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How to Get There by Car
Bow Brickhill station is between the A5 and the A5130 approx. 5˝ miles east of Milton Keynes. There is a free car park 100m north of Bow Brickhill station on the V10.


Start/Finish Point
This is a circular walk starting from Bow Brickhill station. Grid Ref TL896347.
There is no route map for this walk.


Access and General Information
Distance: 3˝ miles
Access Information
Surface Types: You will walk across a hard but variable surface with loose, variable sized stones, also grassy or uncultivated earth pathway without ruts.
Linear Gradient: The stretch of walk from Greenways Road to a summit in the woods has a linear gradient 1:6 or steeper (this accounts for 10% of the walk only). The majority of the walk has variable linear gradients ranging from 1:6 – 1:9 through to 1:18 or less.
Cross Falls: You will encounter variable crossfalls also. The climb through the woods to the summit has a 1:9 or steeper cross fall. The remainder of the walk features 1:10 – 1:15 to 1:26 or less.
Width Restriction: None recorded - see barriers below.
Steps: None recorded.
Barriers: There is a one way opening gate with a width restriction of more than 750mm, three kissing gates with a width restriction of between 1000-1500mm and two one-step stiles.
Refreshments: The public house, The Wheatsheaf, is on Station Road. Dogs are allowed in the public bar area.
Public Toilets: None on route.
Picnic Tables: None on route.
Seats: There are two seats located on Greenways road and at the Church Yard (new cemetery).


Bow Brickhill Circular Walk
Leaving platform 1 at Bow Brickhill station turn right into Brickhill Street and then across the road at a mini roundabout, heading towards Bletchley for a short distance before turning left along a footpath towards the woods.
To the left of the path are grazing fields and the path leads between houses into Greenways Road. Bear right and regain the path heading uphill towards the woods and heath. At the junction with the bridleway turn right for 33m and take a path to the left, into the woods. Keep bearing to your right (SE) until the path meets an uphill path. Turn left towards the summit. Where pathways cross, take a track to the left and turn right at the next point where pathways join. The golf course is to your right as the path leads to the attractive Bow Brickhill Parish Church.
The path continues to the right of the church and meets a minor road. Proceed down the hill until you reach a signposted bridleway on the right. This leads into Aspley Woods. Bear left to the edge of the woods. Turn left taking the track downhill towards Bow Brickhill along wood edge until you meet a junction with a path. Turn left, exit woods and take the path across a grassed field in to Parkway. At the bottom of this road turn left into Bow Brickhill Road which bears right into Station Road. Continue west along Station Road past the Wheatsheaf Public House and back to Bow Brickhill Railway Station.


Along the Way
This leaflet is published by the Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users' Association.