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Walking Route:The Marston Vale Wetlands Pay Trail at Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park

Walking Route

The Marston Vale Wetlands Pay Trail

The Marston Vale Wetlands Pay Trail


Visit the Wetland Reserve and you'll be experiencing a landscape and wildlife that has been virtually unknown in Bedfordshire up until now.
Wetland habitats are vital for a whole range of plants, insects and animals - including rare species like the bittern and bearded tit. Here in the Forest of Marston Vale, we have created a new Wetland Reserve with reedbeds, grasslands, ponds, lake, woodland, scrub and hedges.
Different parts of the Wetland provide ideal habitats for different animal, so careful maintenance all year round is vital. Water levels have to be monitored and controlled. Some of the reeds have to be cut every winter to create 'stubble' for feeding.

Start/Finish Point: The complete route is a circular walk starting at The Forest Centre at The Forest of Marston Vale - TL005416.

How to get there by car/parking: From junction 14 of the M1or from Bedford follow signs for The Forest of Marston Vale from the A421 through Marston Moretaine. There is parking available at the Forest Centre.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing

Disabled access, level, surfaced paths throughout the park, toilets, cafe/bar, gift shop, dogs welcome in outdoor cafe area.