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The Forest of Marston Vale - Forest Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A visitors Centre in the heart of the Forest of Marston Vale, with Lakeside Cafe Bar (serving a range of hot meals, cakes and snacks), gift shop, bike hire (and adapted bike hire), 8km of surfaced, level tracks and beautiful views. With picnic areas, and suitable outdoor seating areas for dog walkers in the Cafe.
Flitwick, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“It's ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

Food is a bit pricey but if you're looking for somewhere to go for a nice walk outside this is the place to go.
Cup of tea price isn't bad. I will be coming back.

Visited February 2014
Thank Adam S
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English first
Marston Moretaine, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

This is a fantastic place to visit and chill away from all the hussle and bustle of every day life

Great food

Fantastic place to take the kids on their bikes

If you like watching wild life also great place to be.

Visited April 2014
Thank Kevin M
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Child and dog friendly walking or cycling area!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

A great place to cycle in safety. Two cycle routes which enables small children to cycle in safety. Good play area and cafeteria for lunch or simply coffee and cake or ice cream. Good parking. If you don't cycle you can enjoy walking round the routes and take in the views, the centre also organises holiday activities for youngsters that are well worth attending,

Visited March 2014
Thank JCP44
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Nice walk, shame about the grub”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile

Went for an invigorating stroll around the lake with my beautiful companion. Whilst I wouldn't call it particularly scenic, it is OK. The wind turbine under construction will raise your view from the industrial detritus presumably left over from the brickworks.
Ended up at the cafe. Basically don't know why I bothered. I've never had a good experience there and this was no exception. Arrived after the lunch rush at about 14:00 to be faced with staff who acted like they were reluctantly doing community service with all the graceless charm and enthusiasm they could muster, which wasn't much!
My order was assiduously written down. Instead of calculating what it was going to come to and handing the order over to the kitchen, the coffees were prepared, the order was run through the till, payment taken, in that order and then handed over to the preparation staff.
To be fair the order only took about 15 minutes to turn up. Not too bad. If it had been right and cooked properly. I'd mistakenly assumed that the tuna and cheese panini item would a) be a panini; and b) be on the verge of the cheese melting, indicating that it had been cooked properly. My beautiful companion assumed that a prawn salad sandwich on wholemeal brad would be just that and not a baton.
So enjoy the walk, take your own food.

Visited April 2014
4 Thank manxshaun
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Sue H, Manager at The Forest of Marston Vale - Forest Centre, responded to this review, 7 April 2014

We're really grateful for all feedback and we're glad you enjoyed your walk around the park. We're sorry however that you didn't enjoy your food in the cafe - if you'd be able to tell us a few more details about the time/date you visited us on we will happily look into it for you. We care a lot about customer's experiences here and will rectify any issues that we can.


Sue Harrison
Forest Centre Manager
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“A lot of work put in but some significant detractions”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

This is a large country park circumscribed by about five miles of hard track suitable for cyclists or walkers (but muddy on the south side). It has a very pleasant 1.5 mile pay for (£2.50) wetlands trail and several attractive shorter paths, a large lake with a dinghy sailing club and a modern visitor centre. Unfortunately it is bounded on three sides by roads close to the trail - the noise from which is intrusive to walkers, especially on the NW side. There is a large housing estate being built along the SW side. The north shore of the large lake is covered with enough bricks to build several houses! The attractive map does not show the fragrant central sewage works and incredibly, a giant (85 metre) wind turbine is currently being erected in the middle, beside the wetlands trail. The visitor centre has a shop but does not sell relevant books, maps etc. There is a cafe and pleasant eating areas both internally and outside.

Visited February 2014
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