Plan your trip
Take the train from London St Pancras to Bedford. Trains are regular (look up times) and take approximately 40 minutes.
The Marston Vale Line offers an opportunity to view some wonderful countryside at your leisure and there is plenty of history along the way too! Travelling along the Line you will see where John Bunyan gazed down on the men, women and children in the brickfields which inspired a number of his works. Walk between stations and grab a pub lunch before returning to the train to take in the rest the varied line has to offer.
Start your journey in Bedford where there is a great range of accommodation including family run guest houses and a Premier Inn. Why not try the Swan Hotel for a special occasion? It’s the oldest hotel in Bedford with many of the rooms having superb views over the River Great Ouse.
In Bedford take a walk along the Great River Ouse or discover its wide range of speciality shops and markets. In the heart of Bedford there is the fabulous The Higgins Bedford, John Bunyan Museum & Panacea Museum. All offer activities for all the family and are free entry!
Bletchley, at the other end of the Marston Vale Line, is a real enigma, but with Bletchley Park on the doorstep of the station you will easily break the code! 2 for 1 entry for rail passengers! Also in Bletchley there is a good range of shops and markets.
Break your journey at no extra charge at either:
• Millbrook - Gateway to the spectacular Millennium Country Park at the heart of the Forest of Marston Vale. Pleasant walk or cycle ride on surfaced paths to the Forest Centre. 10% discount for rail passengers on tea, coffee and cake in the Lakeside Café! (valid April - September). There is a large adventure playground, wetland reserve and 5 miles of traffic free cycle paths and walks in the spectacular Millennium Country Park.
• Ridgmont - Home of Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre. Enjoy afternoon tea in the original Ladies Waiting Room, a guided visit of the Victorian Booking Office & browse in the Gift Shop. Plus circular & linear walks to suit all abilities. Free entry and 10% discount in the Tea Room for all rail passengers. Open April - December.
Groups & school parties welcome all year by prior arrangement. Tea Room open daily except Mondays & Bank Holidays. Booking recommended – call 01525 287120.
• The beautifully restored former Station House at Ridgmont, now home to Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre.
• Walks between stations and circular walks from Ridgmont – find out more.
Plus much more – visit Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership's website for a full list.