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Harold Country Park - Fantastic place to go bird watching - scrubland, woods, marshland plus a massive lake. The lake has Hides from which we saw Red Crested Grebes and Herons as well as the usual Moorhens, Coots, Ducks and Swans.
Mr and Mrs Saunders, birdwatchers from Bedford.
Stevington - Excellent condition old windmill here - refurbished in the 1950s and open to the public for free. Visitors can even go in and look round but as it is unmanned you need to collect keys for it from the Red Lion pub in the tiny village full of fairytale-like thatched stone cottages. Plenty of great walks and bridleways round here too - lovely place to spend a day.
The river embankment is very romantic to walk along at night, whilst the ‘finger lakes’ part of priory park just down the river is a wonderfully tranquil place to sit and gather your thoughts in daytime. Mark T, resident
Hate the place. On first impression it looks a lovely place to be but it really isn’t. Bedford is full of smug, ignorant ‘me me me’ middle class types. The town centre has a nasty atmosphere especially on weekend evenings. Horrifically dangerous to drive through at rush hour plus has an expensive permit based car parking system. Infinitely avoidable
The town centre has ample shopping for all your needs including many excellent markets and a wide range of quality clothes shops only a short walk away from De Parys Avenue, which is where some of the best hotels and guests houses are housed in large Victorian buildings. Lovely parks too, a good selection of food from various cultures and beautiful surrounding countryside. We love Bedford and will definitely be regular visitors in future! Denise and Colin T, Cornwall.
Located in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside, the village is 10 minutes from Bedford & St Neots and 40 minutes from Cambridge. There are numerous activities and places of interest within a short distance - A unique Clay Target Complex, Golf Courses, Horse Riding, Butterfly Park, The River Ouse and various Historic Sites.
The name Henlow is believed to derive from the old English henna hlaw - a hill frequented by wild birds' and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The parish Church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, dates from the 12th Century and enjoys an ecellent elevated position overlooking the village green. Two local families were aboard THE MAYFLOWER and this has led to close links being forged with Pilgrim Societies in the USA.
The Xscape leisure centre is great! It has a real snow indoor slope for skiing and snowboarding, indoor rock climbing and plenty of restaurants and shops but avoid the Cineworld cinema there - the staff are totally incompetent (one lad took 25 minutes to make an icecream milkshake and still didn’t get it right) plus it is not at all disabled friendly.
Mark - visitor.
Great shopping centre fulfilling all Christmas shopping needs but the grid work street system is too samey with too many roundabouts and very little distinctive landmarks so is frustrating to drive around (best to stick to public transport). Kev - visitor.
Chicksands - Half of this large pine woods is specially adapted for trials and mountain biking with plenty of ramps and jumps - great fun! The other half is more for dog walking. Ample car parking available just outside the woods - Richard B, Shefford, Bedfordshire.
Excellent condition old windmill here - refurbished in the 1950s and open to the public for free. Visitors can even go in and look round but as it is unmanned you need to collect keys for it from the Red Lion pub in the tiny village full of fairytale-like thatched stone cottages. Plenty of great walks and bridleways round here too - lovely place to spend a day.
Woburn, in the heart of Bedfordshire, is a delightful village dominated by the world famous attraction and stately home of Woburn Abbey and its renowned Wildlife Park. Just eight miles from Milton keynes (and yet a world away) this Georgian village is of great historic interest and well worth a visit, whether for business or pleasure.
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