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Ridgmont 'Clay Way' circular walk

Leaving Ridgmont Station, turn right towards Ridgmont village (1.5 miles distance) and take the bridleway, on the left just before reaching the M1 overbridge.  The bridleway signs bear the "Clay Way" motif.  Look out for these throughout the walk.

Continue ahead, with a field to the left and the M1 to the right for about 100m before turning left and taking a path across the field.  Follow signs ahead to a grassed path with hedgerows to your right.

The path bears left passing a farm, towards the railway and industrial park.  Cross the railway by a bridge then follow the path straight ahead towards the Roundhouse. Bear left at the ruins of the Roundhouse, towards the A421 trunk road, but descend to the right just before reaching a blue bridge over an old wagonway.  The wagonway is now a footpath and bridleway.

At the bottom of the slope turn right and follow the path down hill.  At the bottom, turn left and walk under the A421.  Take a sharp left turn immediately on the other side and walk up a steep slope and then right onto an old road.

This leads to Brogborough Hill picnic site (to the left).  Before reaching this site, on the right is access to the Forest Trail and Reynold Wood.  This site was bought by the Woodland Trust in 1992.  Since then more than 60,000 trees have been planted to create a new wood within the Forest of Marston Vale.

Impressive views across west Bedfordshire can be seen on a clear day.  There is good signage provided for additional possible walks to Holcot Wood and to Cranfield and Bromham following the Clay Way.

Cross the picnic site and take the steps down to the A421 and take great care in crossing this busy road.  Alternatively retrace your steps back to the wagonway under the road.  If you have crossed the road you need to cross the wagonway by the blue bridge (mentioned earlier ) and descend to the wagonway path.

Turn sharp left and walk under the bridge, uphill, towards Brogborough village, The Industrial Park, called 'Marston Gate' is to the left.  The wagonway ends in a children's playground.  Bear right then left towards a lane leading onto a cycle path.  This leads through Marston Gate and back to Ridgmont Station.

For more details of the local area see Stations on the line also The Forest Centre, Forest of Marston Vale and Marston Vale-iums


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