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Stewartby to Millbrook walk, via Stewartby Lake

From Stewartby Station, turn right and follow the road passing under the conveyor belt for 150m, crossing over at the lay-by.  Pass through the kissing gate and follow the cycle track left, signed to Millbrook Station and Forest Centre.  The track continues between the watersports club and the railway line.  

At the next junction, for those on foot, take the first right down the track signed to the nature reserve; the second right (in about 10 m) gives access for bicycles (straight ahead gives a short-cut to Millbrook Station).  As you come to the bicycle stalls (to the left the willow huts can be explored), follow the path right, up the gentle hill, to the nature reserve. 

At the top of the hill catch your breath at the carved benches and take in the panoramic views, from the brick workings to the regenerated sites of recent woodland planting.  Continue along the track turning left at the next junction and cross a boardwalk.  The Forest Centre lies ahead of you, where refreshments and information on exploring more of the Country Park is available.  Contact the Forest Centre for more information - Tel 01234 767037.

On the other side of the boardwalk take the trail to the right around the perimeter of the Marston Vale Millennium Country Park.  Should you wish to take a detour into Marston Village, walk down the entrance drive from the point at which the trail crosses it.  Turn left at the end and then right along a footpath btween two houses.  This path leads to the historic church of St Mary the Virgin, Marston Moretaine and beyond into the village.  

Continuing along the perimeter tail within the country Park, there are regular viewing portals which give excellent views of the Wetland Reserve.  From the third portal Millbrook Station is clearly visible.

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


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