Description and Walk
The Millennium Country Park is part of the Forest of Marston Vale, and is best accessed via the official Visitor Centre at Marston Moretaine.
The Forest of Marston vale is not yet the forest that it one day will be, as millions more trees are yet to be planted. The area concerned was once the huge Stewartby brickworks, and the chimneys that served the kilns still stand today. Parts of the site were also landfills, which have since been covered over and set aside for the forest project.
The Forest Centre offers car parking as well as a cafe which serves hot and cold food, and which has pleasant indoor and outdoor seating. The car parking was £2 for three hours when we went, but you can pay more or less, according to how long you plan to stay.
We don't suggest any particular walking route, just turn-up and do your own thing. The area of the entire Marston Vale Forest is reckoned to be around 61 square miles, but from the Visitor Centre the walking areas seem to be a lot more localised than that. You won't get lost. On the last occasion that we visited we arrived quite early and glimpsed muntjac deer, rabbits, and various waterbirds. The plant life is also very varied and plentiful.
See our short video at the bottom of this page.