The Millennium Country Park is a thriving place (if you haven’t been for a while you may not recognise it at all). With 225 hectares of woodlands, wetlands and grasslands, surrounding our meadow and lakes, we have over 17km of surfaced paths to make exploring easy for everyone (including bikes, horses and buggies!) For a general map of the Park, click here.
Our favourite place (though we are biased) is our Wetlands Nature Reserve – where our bird hides sit, nestled amongst reed beds and an ever growing canopy of trees. Our Tower Hide (new in 2015) even has its own Treetop Walkway, taking you up through swaying leaves and the sound of woodpeckers, to a stunning, panoramic view of the Vale. There is a small entry fee, as this is a carefully managed section of the Park – for more details click here.
We are recognised (and have been for 10 years) as one of the best parks and green spaces in the country, via the Green Flag Award, which we’re very proud of. Whether you’re trying to get your family into the great outdoors for a day out, or taking a relaxing walk, all by yourself, the Millennium Country Park is a great place to do it.
How to find us
If you’re coming by train, you can get off at either Stewartby or Millbrook on the Marston Vale Line (for times, click here)
For directions to the Forest Centre, click here.
Enjoy the ‘figure of eight’ surfaced track which is fully signposted; two 4 km loops that start and finish at the Forest Centre with maps situated at every entry point into the Park. There is a range of adult’s and children’s bikes available for hire, including children’s seats and child buggies click here for more information.
Please keep to the surfaced paths, all of which are open to cyclists (except the Wetlands Trail which is for pedestrians only and dog-free). The surfaced paths are for the use of walkers, cyclists and dog walkers, so please be aware of other users.
National Cycle Network Route 51, runs through the Park. This is a linear route that connects Oxford and Cambridge and in Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Sandy via Bedford, following rights of way and quiet roads. More information
Horse owners can enjoy 4km of grass bridle paths and there’s plenty of room for horse boxes in the Centre’s large car park.
There are surfaced paths, numerous grass footpaths and bridleways totalling 17km of varying combinations around the Millennium Park. There’s a signpost and map at every entry point. Please be aware of other users, particularly cyclists approaching from behind. There is a wide variety of guided walks and outdoor events throughout the year; call reception on 01234 767037 or have a look at the events calendar for more details.
The Timberland Trail is a 13 mile circular walk that starts at the Forest Centre and uses the surrounding rights of way network. More information
Responsible dog owners are welcome to use the Millennium Country Park but as the Park is a haven for lots of birds and small mammals, please keep your dog on a lead or under close control. The only area that is dog (and bike) free is the Wetlands Nature Reserve.
Dog bins are provided at regular intervals on main paths, so please pick up after your dog. If you do find you arrive without a bag to clear up after your dog, please ask at reception where they will be glad to offer you a couple in exchange for a donation. Drinking water for dogs is available at The Forest Centre.
Use of drones on Forest of Marston Vale Trust sites
The Forest of Marston Vale Trust recognises the recent increase in the popularity of flying drones (unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs) as a recreational activity. We are also seeing concerns expressed by visitors to our sites, where the flying of drones is causing nuisance and disturbance to others. Drones also have potential to disturb birds and other wildlife (particularly during the breeding season).
Few non-commercial users have sufficient training or permission to operate drones, and should a drone cause damage or harm, pilots generally do not have the correct insurance to compensate those affected.
For the safety and enjoyment of other people and to protect wildlife, drone flying is not allowed from or over Forest of Marston Vale Trust land except by contractors commissioned by the Trust for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) criteria and have the correct insurance.
If you have any questions or comments to make about the Park, please email Anna Charles or call on 01234 762 614