Ouse Valley Way - Stevington to Bedford


Introduction

The trail takes you through the picturesque Ouse valley with its meandering tree-lined river, historic villages and abundant wildlife. This section starts in Stevington and passes through Bromham Park before finishing in the historic centre of Bedford.


How to Get There by Public Transport
BY BUS: The Ouse Valley Way can be accessed by train or bus from Bedford. For bus times, contact Traveline on 0870 608 2608.
BY TRAIN: For timetable information, please telephone National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950.
Click here for the National Rail Enquiries website


How to Get There by Car
Stevington is reached from the A428, about 7 miles north east of Bedford.
There is limited off road parking in Stevington.


Start/Finish Point
The route begins at Stevington Cross and ends in the centre of Bedford.


Access and General Information
Distance: 7.2 miles / 11.5km
Access Information:
Surface Types: You will walk across surface types ranging from hard and firm with no stones larger than 5mm, to hard and firm with some loose stones, to grass or uncultivated earth paths with and without ruts and mud.
Linear Gradient: There are short stretches of greater than 1:6 at the roundabout at point 6 on the map. There are linear gradients of between 1:6 and 1:9 on the section from Bromham Park to Millfield Road. Between Stevington Windmill and Skylark Cottage the route is between 1:10 and 1:17. There are lesser gradients throughout the walk.
Cross Falls: The greatest cross falls are from Stevington Windmill to Skylark Cottage where they are between 1:10-1:15. At the roundabout at point 6, there is a cross fall of 1:9.
Width Restriction: The minimum width restriction is 890mm on the footbridge leaving Bromham Park, just before Millfield Road. There are no other restrictions smaller than 1000mm.
Steps: None recorded.
Barriers: There is one kissing gate with a restriction of less than 1000mm ad one with a restriction of between 1000-1500mm. There is one one-step stile and one 1-way opening gate with a width restriction of greater than 750mm. Please note that the Town Bridge in Bedford has a headroom of only 4’ 9” – the alternative footbridge crossing has a total of 66 steps.
Refreshments: Stevington has two pubs, the Red Lion and the Royal George. In Bromham, is The Swan public house and a shop and café in Mollivers Lane. There is a full range of pubs, shops and cafés in Bedford, close to the described route.
Public Toilets: These are located at Bromham Mill (limited opening times) and at Horne Lane car park in Bedford.
Picnic Tables: There are picnic tables at Bromham Mill.
Seats: There are seats located along the route, and in particular at Bromham Mill and along the stretch between Queen’s Park and Bedford High Street.


Acknowledgements
This leaflet has been produced by the Ivel and Ouse Countryside Project. If you encounter any problems or would like further information on any of our other trails please contact us at: Ivel and Ouse Countryside Project, Tel 01767 626326, www.ivelandouse.co.uk.