Mark The Route in the Forest of Marston Vale’s Millennium Country Park

Connecting the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes with the River Great Ouse at Bedford

The short path through the Forest of Marston Vale’s Millennium Country Park features specially-commissioned carvings of boats, plus birds and animals which will make their habitat in the waterway park area.

Follow the pathway to see a selection of rustic wood carvings to get a taste of the exciting future Bedford to Milton Keynes Waterway Park route.

It follows a stretch of the route that will be a major new waterway connecting the River Great Ouse in Bedford and the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes. When completed, it will provide a unique pastoral location for boaters, walkers, cyclists, anglers and horse-riders, as well as linking new and existing villages.

The new waterway – the first to be built in England for 100 years – is expected to lead to an increase in visitor numbers to the area and the creation of new tourism-related jobs. Potential environmental benefits include flood prevention and improved water management.

The carvings can be found at Forest of Marston Vale’s Millennium Country Park, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire MK43 0PR

Specially written poem for Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust by Nancy Campbell can be viewed here.

With grateful thanks to Central Bedfordshire Council for Green Infrastructure Funding in support of Marking the Route. Thanks to the Forest of Marston Vale for their kind permission, as landowner, to host the carvings within their Millennium Country Park.

The carvings have been created on behalf of the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust by local wood carving artists Carrie Yuen & Tony Langton. All wood used has been sourced from local sustainable sources.

Photography by Stephen Ashley

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