Priory Country Park Bedford
Priory Country Park Bedford is a 360 acre green area composed of lakes, meadows and woodland that’s in part enclosed inside a bend in the River Great Ouse. There are habitats from meadows to reed beds, quiet walks for fishing, boating, play areas and bird hides. Priory Country Park is one of five Bedford Borough Council managed parks that has been awarded a Green Flag. The Green Flag Award scheme recognises quality parks and open spaces in the UK and around the world.
Priory Country Park Bedford marks the western end of this BRVP and is within walking distance of the centre of Bedford. The present country park will act as the principal gateway from Bedford to the BRVP and represents one of the primary prospective’activity hubs’ within BRVP. There’s car parking, a small visitor centre, toilets, a café, an adjoining marina and facilities for angling, sailing, windsurfing and paddle sports, such as an artificial kayak slalom program.
School visits have been hosted by the Wildlife Trust — Priory Country Park could become the foundation for environmental education across the BRVP. This component of the BRVP also has quieter areas where people may follow nature trails or like fishing. Priory Country Park has been awarded Green Flag Status recognising the fantastic work of Bedford Borough Council’s Ranger Team in making the park a clean and well-maintained area that welcomes people and involves the local community.
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