Bedfordshire Cycle Routes 5 - The Ouse Valley

Introduction

This lovely ride through the Ouse Valley visits several delightful limestone villages and offers splendid views over the River Ouse.

How To Get There By Passenger Transport

BY BUS - Telephone Bedfordshire Bus Information Line : 01234 228337, 8.30am - 5pm open 5 days a week or Travel Line 0870 6082608.
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

Bedford is located on the junction of the A6, A421 and A428, about 15 miles north-east of Milton Keynes and 18 miles north of Luton. It is around 40 miles north of London and is reached via the A421, from junction 13 of the M1 motorway.
There are various car parks in Bedford town centre; if starting from Bromham Mill, there is a visitor's car park at the mill.

Access and General Information

Length: 16 miles (Short Cut - 10 miles)
Time:

Route Description

This ride can begin from Bedford, or from the Bromham Mill car park. From Bedford take the A428 westwards; 1½ miles of the 2 mile journey to Bromham is by a cycleway on the north side of the A428.

Leaving the car park at Bromham Mill, turn right, then right again after ¼ mile into Bromham village. Cycle through the village and after 1½ miles turn right to Oakley, passing over the bridges spanning the River Ouse. Bear left at the junction and follow the road through the village, eventually coming to a crossroads. Turn left to Pavenham, a distance of 2 miles.

If you wish to take the ten mile ride, keep straight on through Pavenham, following the signs to Stevington. For the sixteen mile trip, turn right in Pavenham, and follow the signposts to Felmersham. Turn right at the T-junction and left at the next. Take the next turn to Carlton.

Turn left at the crossroads in Carlton, signposted to Stevington. At the next junction turn right to Stevington. Cycle through Stevington and back to Bromham, turning left at the main road to arrive at the mill.

Places to Visit

Daisy Bank Picnic Site is found on the north side of the Carlton - Felmersham Road, between these two villages. Wonderful views can be had over the Upper Ouse Valley.

Stevington Windmill is an impressive mill built around 1770 and fully restored in 1951.  Linda & John O'Grady, of The Red Lion at Stevington, have joined East of England Tourism and now hold a key for the windmill. The pub offers food, beer, ales & wine. For more information, their phone number is 01234 823300.

Stevington Country Walk is a 2 mile walk along the former Bedford to Northampton railway line. Car Park.

Bromham Mill is a restored water mill with exhibitions of artefacts and milling history. Natural history room, art gallery and picnic area. Car Park.

 




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