Forest of Marston Vale
The Forest Centre and Millennium Country Park is located roughly equidistant from Millbrook and Stewartby stations, and is one of the premier attractions on the Marston Vale Line. Not only is a fun day out for all the family, but it is a lively conservation centre in spectacular settings.
The Forest Centre and Millennium Country Park are open all year round, and entry is free (apart from the Wetlands). If you are a new visitor, you may want to get off the train at Millbrook, from where handy signs will direct you to the Centre.
Walking and Cycling
The Park offers superb walking and cycling. With six miles of surfaced foot and cycle paths, it can be enjoyed throughout the year, however wet it is. All surfaced paths are free from stiles and gates, are disabled access, and are generally flat.
The network of paths in the Park leads to ponds, lakes, meadows and woodlands. This variety of habitats attracts a surprisingly diverse range of wildlife.
National Cycle Route 51 passes through the Country Park, connecting the park back to Bedford and Milton Keynes. This gives you a great opportunity to take the train in one direction, and cycle the other. Remember, you can carry your bike on the train for free.
If you don’t want the hassle of taking your bike on the train, you can always hire one once you get to the Forest Centre through its cycle hire facility. You can not only hire bikes, but hire all the accessories too. Opening times vary throughout the year.
The Forest Centre is at the heart of the Forest of Marston Vale, and is the focal point for most people visiting the park. There is a where you can get a coffee, tea, and some fresh food made from local produce. The exhibition area gives you lot of local history, including a little on our lovely little line! And if you have a special occasion coming up, the centre is a really popular venue for parties, barbeques and receptions.
The Wetland Reserve, just a short walk from the Forest Centre, is a brilliant habitat for a variety of birds, mammals, and creepy crawlies. The lake, reedbeds, and ponds support different birds that can be viewed from the special hides. This area is peaceful because unlike the rest of the site is just for wildlife watching. Because it contains rare, important habitats that need maintaining, there is a small charge for entry (more informantion on this is available from the Forest Centre), although it is free for Friends of the Forest of Marston Vale.
10% off at the Lakeside Cafe for Marston Vale Line Passengers!
The 10% discount for Marston Vale passengers on tea, coffee and cake is back! It’s valid from 1st April to 30th September with the exception of 7th and 8th September. Offer applies to visitors with a train ticket to Stewartby or Millbrook Stations, valid on the day of their visit. One discounted purchase per person.
We recommend that you use Millbrook station to get to the Forest Centre and Millenium Country Park. From here, the handy signs guide you on the 25 minute walk from the station to the Forest Centre.