The Marston Vale Wetlands Pay Trail

The Marston Vale Wetlands Pay 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.

Walk through 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.

The map also shows other walks around the Country Park.

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: 1.5 miles
Access Information
Surface Types: You can expect to walk across a range of surfaces. From a hard, firm surface with no stones larger than 5mm to a hard but variable surface with loose, variable sized stone. The surface of the trail is generally rough and uneven. Several stretches (up to 50m long) have railway sleepers sunk across the path.
Linear Gradients: There is a range of linear gradients. The steepest section; 1:6 – 1:9 is less than 2 metres long. The remainder ranges from 1:10 – 1:13 to 1:18 or less.
Cross Falls: There are also variable cross falls ranging from 1:9 or steeper but 1:10 – 1:25 for the most part.
Width Restriction: There are no width restrictions less than 1000mm.
Steps: None recorded.
Barriers: None recorded.
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 wetlands trail.
Seats: There are 3 seats along the wetlands trail.

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 of broadleaved 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.