Creation of the Forest of Marston Vale will take years to complete, but the Forest is already taking shape and there are now large areas of woodland and open space, designed for everyone to enjoy. Why not get out and explore what’s already available in the Forest whilst the Forest of Marston Vale Trust continues creating it?
At the Forest’s heart is the Forest Centre which offers a superb café, shop, cycle hire and ample free parking, all set in the beautiful Millennium Country Park at Marston Moretaine. But that’s just the start. The Forest of Marston Vale Trust has created around 660 hectares of woodland and open space (that’s nearly 2½ square miles) in the Forest; all open to the public all the time. This expanding network of new woodlands is there waiting for you to explore. Discover more about our woodlands.
There are also other woodlands and natural places within the Forest of Marston Vale that are looked after by other organisations and are well worth a visit. Find out more about these other woodlands.
All of these woodlands and other ‘wild’ places are great to explore with all the family, especially budding young explorers! Whether you’re hunting out the hidden wildlife in the Millennium Country Park or discovering the delights of the growing number of woodlands in the Forest, you’ll find that we’ve provided some information and activity sheets to help you and your family have some fun in the Forest!
How do I get there?
By rail – Public transport is limited in the area, as it’s pretty rural, but the Marston Vale line runs through most of the Forest, with some great views along the way.
The Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park is approx. a 15 minute walk from both Millbrook and Stewartby stations, and Lidlington Station is only a 5 minute walk from the entrance to Folly Wood, and a 10 minute walk to the entrance to Granary Wood.
For more information about train times, click here.
By bus – For information about local buses from your destination to our sites, click here to view the Central Bedfordshire website, or click here to view the Bedford Borough website.
Want to explore more?
Then why not get yourself a copy of a good map for the area, such as Ordnance Survey Explorer 192,193 or 208 – perfect for those wanting to get a bit further off the beaten track!
You can also find out all about a wide range of walks, cycle rides, horse rides, and natural places to visit across all of Bedfordshire via a separate website we developed called Lets Go.
A Community Forest – yours to explore and enjoy!
Grown in Britain is a movement that aims to:
- Create a new and stronger market ‘pull’ for the array of products derived from our forests and woodlands.
- Develop private sector funding that supports the planting and management of forests and woodlands through funding from corporates as part of their corporate social responsibility
- Connect together and harness the positive energy and feelings towards our forests and woodlands that many in our society share to create a strong ‘wood culture’. A wood culture that captures personal health and fitness, well-being, community and encourages use of more wood and forest products.
Grown in Britain has cross Government support and the potential to make a lasting difference to the forests and woodlands of Britain.