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What's going on at the Forest of Marston Vale?

Click here for the latest events at the Forest of Marston Vale.

Events from Sandy Tourist Information Office

Click here to visit the Sandy Tourist Office 'What's On' webpage.



Gateway to the Wolds - Explore the countryside to the north of our county town, Bedford

Explore the rich farming countryside to the north of Bedford with these two walks from Hidden Britain. 

Bedford to Wilden

Bedford to Thurleigh



North Bedfordshire - Rides in the Wolds

Riding, Cycling, Walking the Wolds - the choice is yours with three new routes from Hidden Britain.  And there are horse-friendly pubs along the way!

Rides in the Wolds



Visit Anglian Waterways - New Website Launched

The Environment Agency has recently launched a new website - www.visitanglianwaterways.co.uk - which is packed with information and ideas for things to do on and around the Great River Ouse.



Ancient Walks in the North Bedfordshire Wolds

Why not make the most of the long-awaited sunshine and enjoy a peaceful walk in the North Bedfordshire wolds.  Hidden Britain have four walks in this unspoilt part of the county - find out more below.

Colmworth

Little Staughton

Yelden to Melchbourne

Upper Dean to Swineshead



Walkers and Cattle

Following recent events involving cattle and injury to members of the public while out walking, Adrian Morris of the Ramblers' Association, has offered some advice to others who may be faced with a similar situation when walking through the countryside.

"Keep calm and move very calmly and quietly through the field that contains the animals. Very important at this time of year is not to get between a cow and her calf, because that will cause trouble.

"And if you've got a dog with you then the most important thing is for you to release the dog, let the dog go, because the dog can travel a lot faster than you can and will get itself to safety.  Your safety should be prime in your mind."

 

 



The Grange Estate - part of the new Bedford River Valley Park

The Grange Estate, part of the newly created Bedford River Valley Park, is now open with surfaced paths for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and those who just want to enjoy the riverside views.  Close to Bedford and accessible from the established rights of way network, why not explore it for yourself?

Click here for more information.



New places to visit in Bedfordshire

As the weather slowly begins to improve, our thoughts turn to spending more time outside.  Four new places to visit have just been added to Let's Go.  These areas are open under the DEFRA Countryside Stewardship Scheme and offer an opportunity to visit places not usually accessible.

Shefford Hardwicke Farm  Click here for more information

Radwell Meadow, near Felmersham  Click here for more information

Cainhoe Castle, Clophill  Click here for more information

Stipers Hill, Dunstable  Click here for more information



Changes to footpaths at Brogborough

Please note that due to the ongoing work to the A421 from Bedford to Junction 13 of the M1, some closures and diversions to footpaths and bridleways in the area around Brogborough are in effect.  Brogborough Picnic Site and its car park are now closed.  These changes will affect some walks on Let's Go such as The Clay Way, Cranfield/Hulcote/Salford Circular Walk and Route 51.

Please check with Bedfordshire County Council for information on closures and diversions.  To link to their website, click here.



Route 51 Milton Keynes - Bedford - Sandy Cycle Way

The off-road section between Rooktree Farm (Hulcote) and the ancient woodland of Marston Thrift (Cranfield) is currently unsuitable for cycles. An on-road diversion from Salford to Cranfield has been signposted and is shown on the item page on Let's Go - click here to visit the page

Bedfordshire and the Chiltern Hills on Horseback

A new publication is available from Bedfordshire County Council which details 13 routes in Bedfordshire and the Chiltern Hills for riders, off-road cyclists and walkers. The rides vary between five and 13 miles in length, although many have options for short cuts and some of the rides can be linked to make longer circuits.

Contact Bedford Tourist Office for more information:

Town Hall St Paul's Square, Bedford MK40 1SJ

Tel: 01234 221712 Fax: 01234 217932

Email: touristinfo@bedford.gov.uk

 



Walking 4 Health in Bedfordshire

Walking is good for mind and body. It's cheap and most of us can find time to do it. Walking 4 Health in Bedfordshire is co-ordinating an increasing number of health walks throughout the county.
Health walks last up to about an hour, and are led by people who have been specially trained. Walk at your own pace in the company of others.

 For more information, please contact Mike Fayers on 01767 626326.



Guided Walks in the Forest of Marston Vale

There is a regular programme of walks, throughout the year, led by Forest Volunteers. Some are free, but most have a small charge with reductions for Forest Volunteers and Members.
Simple strolls, bird walks, health walk, wildlife walks and more.
Most require booking in advance.

For more information, visit http://www.marstonvale.org/events/




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