The Marston Vale Pedestrians Only Trail

The Marston Vale Pedestrians Only Trail

You can explore the 250 hectares of woodland, wetland and grassland on foot, by bike or on horseback at the Millennium Country Park. We have created a network of trails for walkers and cyclists which winds its way around the Country Park and a circular horse trail around the southern part of the Country Park.

The Pedestrian Only trail is one of the three walking routes shown on the Country Park Map.

How To Get There by Passenger Transport

BY BUS: The Forest of Marston Vale is on the bus routes between Bedford, Woburn and Milton Keynes. Telephone Bedfordshire Bus Information Line : 01234 228337, 8.30am – 5pm open 5 days a week or Travel Line 0870 6082608.
BY TRAIN: Stewartby Railway Station, on the Bedford to London Thameslink line, is less than 1 mile from The Forest of Marston Vale. There are no trains on Sundays. For timetable information, please telephone National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950.
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How to Get There by Car

Approximately 4 miles North East from junction 13 of the M1 or from Bedford follow signs for The Forest of Marston Vale from the A421 through Marston Moretaine. The forest is situated between Marston Moretaine and Stewartby.

Start/Finish Point

The complete route is a circular walk starting at The Forest Centre at The Forest of Marston Vale - Grid Ref TL005416.
There are no route instructions for this walk- just follow the trail as shown on the map.

Access and General Information

Distance: Unspecified - walk as far as you want.
Access Information
Surface Types: You will walk across a variety of surfaces from a hard but variable surface with loose variable sized stones to grass or uncultivated earth path with ruts/mud.
Linear Gradient: If you access the walk from the A421, off a bridge there is a short, steep slope with a linear gradient of more than 1:6. Some of the lakeside paths undulate with some slopes measuring a 1:6 – 1:9, the longest section measures approx. 100 metres long.
Cross falls: On the path beside Stewartby Lake the cross fall measures 1:10 - 1:15. The remainder of the walk has cross falls ranging from 1:16 – 1:20 to 1:26 or less.
Width Restriction: In three places there are width restriction measuring less than 1000mm. There is a barrier at the entrance to the walk from the A421 that has a restriction of 730mm. There is a 900mm width bridge near The Pillinge.
Steps: There are two sets of steps by the boardwalk. One set has 9 steps (height of each step: 230mm, depth 1000mm). The other set has 2 steps (height of each step: 230mm, depth 240mm. Between the cycle trail and view point there are 2 steps (height of each step: 200mm, depth 2300mm).
Barriers: There are 3 kissing gates with a width restriction of less than 1000mm. A kissing gate (close to a bridge) on the near side of Stewartby Lake has a 540mm width restriction. 5 kissing gates have a restriction of between 1000mm and 1500mm. There are 3 two-step stiles.
Refreshments: The Forest Centre has a café bar where you can purchase family meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks.
Public Toilets: At the Forest Centre
Picnic Tables: There is 1 picnic table along the route.
Seats: There are 7 seats at regular intervals, with additional seating in the sensory garden.

Acknowledgements

This leaflet was produced by the Forest of Marston Vale which is one of 12 Community Forests throughout England working to improve the countryside around our towns and cities.
In the past, some of the land in this area was unused or damaged and there were very few trees. Look around you to see how much has changed.
Working closely in partnership with other organisations and the local community we are working to create and protect 61 square miles of well-wooded landscape within which existing farmland, new and ancient woodlands can thrive.
Our aim is to increase woodland cover to 30 per cent over the next 30 years by planting a mixture ofbroadleaved trees like oak and ash. So far, we have planted over half a million trees.
We have also created approximately 40 hectares of new grassland habitat and 16 hectares of reedbeds in the new Millennium Country Park.
Working with local landowners, we are also improving and managing hedgerows, ponds, and field margins.