Our advertised walks are informally guided by our volunteers and follow the B&MK waymarker posts across the Bucks and Beds countryside. Every year we aim to walk a section of the planned route of the waterway between Milton Keynes and Bedford. Everyone is welcome to come along and learn about how the vision for a new 26km waterway, paths and parkland linking the 2 towns, and all the communities in between, is being realised.
“Walk the Route” – Saturday 11 April, @11:15 starting from Campbell Park Pavilion Car Park, for a walk around Broughton and Willen Lake back to start point.
“Walk the route” Bedfordshire Walking Festival – Sunday 13 September 2015, Details TBC
Walks Completed in 2011-14
Bedfordshire Walking Festival – The future Waterway Walk on the 7th September 2014 the Group walked from the memorial Hall at Wootton to Marston Forrest Center.
Spring Walk 12th April 5 mile circular route form Ridgmont Station, heading to Lidlington on the walk we followed over a 2 mile section of the planned waterway route.
Walk the Route – 14th September 2013 – As part of the Bedfordshire Walking Festival the Bedford Ramblers organised a walk along the route by the Great Ouse starting at Aspects Leisure Centre into Bedford Town Centre, and returned by boat.
Spring Walk – 10th March 2013 – We met by the Coachway footbridge over Broughton Brook and, traced the route of over a mile long section of the planned Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway from MK Coachway, along redways near Broughton Brook via the Cable Stay Bridge and out towards Kingston Bridge on the A5130, before walking onwards via Wavendon to Salford.
Ridgmont Ramble – 15th September 2012 – As part of the Bedfordshire Ramblers Walking Festival a 3-4 mile walk along part of the planned waterway route.
Bedford Underpass Circular Walk – 25 March 2012
A wonderful turnout of 52 people (plus a dog), including some from as far afield as Cambridgeshire, who turned out on a lovely sunny Sunday morning to trace a 2 mile section of the of the planned B&MK waterway route from the outskirts of Wootton to the purpose-built A421 underpass in Marston Vale.
Willen Winter Weekend Walk – 19 February 2012
Over 20 walkers turned out for a bright winter stroll starting next to the canal in Campbell Park, and taking in the proposed new waterway route between the Grand Union Canal to the promenade of Willen Lake, then along Willen Lake.
Broughton and Campbell Park – 6 March 2011
A circular 3 mile walk from the Broughton Hotel via Pineham and Willen Lake to take a look at alternative route options at the western end of the planned waterway in Milton Keynes.
Kempston Mill and Wootton – 26 June 2011
A mostly urban walk of approximately 3 miles. The walk weaves between the new roads and housing developments following the proposed waterway and Route 51 cycleway route.
Ridgmont and Marston Vale – 10 September 2011
The B&MK again led this walk, as part of the Bedfordshire Ramblers 3rd Annual Walking Festival, from Ridgmont Station to the Forest Centre at Marston Vale. The walk followed, as closely as possible, the planned route of a 5 mile section of the Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway, including the cattle creep under the M1 motorway
If you would like to walk any of our previous routes yourself, maps and directions are available to download, below. We have given the most recent date that the Trust has led guided walks over these sections, as an indication of the accuracy of the information provided, but local developments can constantly change the availability and routing of permissive paths.
Broughton to Campbell Park via Ouse Valley Park
Distance: 6 miles
Broughton to Campbell Park – longer route map
Broughton to Campbell Park – longer route notes
Broughton to Campbell Park – longer route directions
Last Walked: 12 Sep 2010
Bedford Underpass circular walk
Distance: 5.5 miles with shortcut option
Bedford Underpass walk map
Last Walked: 25 Mar 2010
As the route of the planned B&MK Waterway broadly follows the railway across Marston Vale, linear walks can readily use Ridgmont, Lidlington and Stewartby railways stations as start and end points.