image for Picnic Site item typeShocott Spring - a place to unwind at Bedford

Picnic Site

Shocott Spring - a place to unwind

Shocott Spring - a place to unwind


Shocott Spring is 52 hectares (128 acres) of former arable farmland between the communities of Shortstown and Cotton End. It was purchased in 2005 by the Marston Vale Trust for creating new community woodland. Over the next 5-10 years it will be planted with trees and shrubs, to create a large new woodland for people and wildlife to enjoy.

Start Point: The site is accessible from the A600 between Shortstown and Cotton End. Start Nat GR: TL079458

How to get there by car/parking:Take the A600 south from Bedford. Shocott Spring is found on the right after passing through Shortstown and just before reaching Cotton End.


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Map reference: TL 051497  Lat: 52.13560 Long: -0.46582

The County Town of Bedfordshire, located on the junction of the A6, A421 and A428, about 15 miles north-east of Milton Keynes and 18 miles north of Luton. Bedford is around 40 miles north of London and is reached via the A421, from junction 13 of the M1 motorway.

Bus: Bedfordshire Bus Info line: 01234 228337, Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5pm
Travel Line: 0870 6082608, 7 days a week, 7am -10pm
Train: National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484950 24 hour service

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from St John Bedford Rail station