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The Forest of Marston Vale

There's always a full programme of events running at the Forest Centre at Marston Moretaine - from guided walks, bird watching at dawn, activities for children, and tree planting.  Click here for more information.

Geocaching in the Vale

Can you uncover the hidden caches at the Forest Centre?

Exploring Woodlands

Exploring Brickmaking

 

 

Watermills and Windmills

A few historic mills survive to this day, and some have been restored to working order.  Why not get the wind in your sails on these walks?

Stotfold - The Three Mills Walks

Bromham Mill - part of the Bromham Heritage Trail

Stevington Mill

 

 

 

Our Industrial Past

Explore Bedfordshire's industrial past on these walks:

The Forest Centre at Marston Moretaine - a stroll around outside offers good views of the remaining chimneys from the heyday of brick making

The Luton Hat Trail - hat making was once a major industry in Bedfordshire

The River Ivel Navigation - part of the great 18th century canal building project

 
 

Step Back In Time


If you're planning to go on one of our walks, why not have a look at Bedfordshire's Community Archive website where you'll find lots of interesting information and photographs about the villages you may walk through.  From Aspley Heath to Wootton, via Colmworth, Harrold and Pulloxhill, to name just a few, the archive will be sure to add interest to your expedition.

Fame at last!

Over the centuries, Bedfordshire has been home to many famous people.  Why not explore the county and walk in their footsteps?

The Tinker's Trail at Harlington visits many sites associated with John Bunyan.

Born at Sandy, Captain Sir William Peel was one of the first recipients of the Victoria Cross and built a railway line.

An obelisk in Chicksands Wood commemorates George Montagu-Dunk, founder of Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

Can you spot the plaque marking the former home of the poet Robert Bloomfield in Shefford?  Try Walk  2.

Geocaching in Bedfordshire

Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.  Go to http://www.geocaching.com/ , enter your town or village in 'Browse' and start hunting!

Take the Train ....

Some walks and cycle routes have been planned to be easily accessed from train stations.

Head for the Heights ....

Bedfordshire may not be renowned for its dramatic peaks, but it still knows a thing or two when it comes to views...



Sharpenhoe

Enjoy the fresh air and fantastic views from the top of the Chiltern Hills.

Walk like the Clappers

 

Sundon Hills

 

Situated at one of the highest points in Bedfordshire, the Sundon Hills offer fantastic views over the surrounding countryside.

Sundon Hills Country Park

 
 

Explore a Country Park ....

Bedfordshire has an exciting range of Country Parks to explore - Priory Park, Harrold-Odell, the Millennium Country Park at Marston Moretaine and Stockgrove offer opportunities to walk, cycle and relax. All have their own character but all offer great facilities for everyone to enjoy.

Stockgrove Country Park

take the train

Managed by the Greensand Trust, the 80 acre Stockgrove Estate has an interesting history dating back to medieval times. It has a visitor centre & a variety or habitats including a lake, ancient woodland conifer plantations, meadows and heath.
There is designated disabled parking and a wheelchair is available to borrow.
Stockgrove Country Park

 

Explore a Country Park...

Harrold-Odell Country Park is an area of North Bedfordshire's beautiful countryside waiting for you to explore. Set in 144 acres, the Park's main features are two picturesque lakes. These along with river meadows, woodland and the tranquil banks of the Great Ouse river, provide a variety of habitats and make for a great day out.
Harrold-Odell Country Park

 
 

Priory Country Park

Priory Country Park is an established green area, of around 360 acres, made up of lakes, meadows and woodland, partially enclosed within a bend in the River Great Ouse. It is managed, for the benefit of both wildlife and visitors, by Bedford Borough Council.
Priory Country Park

The Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine

The Forest Centre is a lively conservation centre, set in the spectacular Millennium Country Park, just a few minutes drive away from Milton Keynes and Bedford. The main park and visitors centre are open all year round and entry's free! The Wetlands reserve has a ticketed charge in order to support maintaining this part of the site for wildlife. With easy parking and trouble free access for everyone, the Forest Centre is a natural place for the all your family to come and explore...

Forest Centre

 


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