Stewartby Lake Country Park
Also known as Millennium Country Park, this lovely area covers over 500 acres and includes woodland, grassland, meadow, lakes and wetland habitats.
There are well surfaced paths for cyclists and walkers taking you along Stewartby lake and Pillinge Lake before passing the village of Marston Moretaine. If you are on foot you can also follow the Wetlands Trail throught the nature reserve within the park. Here you will find a number of bird hides from which you can observe a variety of winged visitors.
There is also an excellent visitor centre with a Lakeside Cafe bar, gift shop and bike hire.
If you want to continue your walk you could follow the Marston Vale Timberland Trail which visits some of the most interesting and attractive parts of Marston Vale and runs right through the park.
Stewartby Lake is located right next to Millbrook and Stewartby rail stations and about 5 miles south of Bedford.
PostcodeMK43 9LY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Stewartby Lake Country Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Stewartby Lake Country Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Stewartby Lake Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Stewartby Lake Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The lakeside and parkland trails are nice ones to dog with your dog. You'll probably see other owners on a fine weekend day.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
After exploring the lake you could enjoy a stroll around the pleasant Stewartby village with its green, pond and pretty houses. It was originally built as a model village for the workers of the the London Brick Company. The brickworks were closed in 2008 due to environmental concerns.
Just a couple of miles south east of the park you'll find the lovely Ampthill Park. There's some nice woodland trails here and fine views from the park's high points. There's also the historic Katherine’s Cross - a memorial to Katherine of Aragon who stayed at the former Ampthill Castle. The Greensand Ridge Walk can be picked up in the park and used to explore the surrounding countryside. Just to the south of Ampthill there's the neighbouring town of Flitwick where you'll find the Flitwick Moor Nature reserve. The Site of Special Scientific Interest is the largest area of wetland in Bedfordshire. The village is also worth exploring with a medieval church and the Georgian Flitwick Manor, which is Grade II listed.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Bedfordshire Walks page.