Bedfordshire is a welcoming county, where natural spaces meet charming market towns and dramatic stately homes.
The Dunstable Downs offer a huge choice of walking trails, from challenging all day hikes to leisurely ambles taking in a café or two. Families will enjoy Chute Wood with its natural playground and family-friendly walks through the woodland. Greensand Ridge is another feature of the countryside of Bedfordshire, a natural escarpment which lends itself to walking. Its long-distance path covers 40 miles, taking in woodland and farmland from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay.
The Forest of Marston Vale offers yet another natural landscape. There’s a visitor centre and café, and several family-friendly events are organised throughout the year.
Other family favourite days out are Woburn Safari Park, Whipsnade Zoo and Woodside Animal Farm and Leisure Park. If it’s nature days out you’re looking for, head for Harrold-Odell Country Park or Priory Country Park. Both have lakes and riverside walks, cafés and wildlife spotting opportunities.
Among the top heritage attractions in Bedfordshire are Shuttleworth which houses over 50 aircraft, Woburn Abbey and Wrest Park.
With so much to see and do, you’ll be wanting to make sure you keep your energy up with frequent stops for nourishment. Bedfordshire won’t disappoint, with numerous cafés and restaurants to choose from. Make sure you try a Bedfordshire Clanger during your stay; an entire meal in one, it is a suet pudding which has meat and vegetables one end and fruit or jam at the other!
If you’re planning a get together or celebration with family or friends, take a look at our large holiday cottages in Bedfordshire to find your perfect home-from-home.