North Bedfordshire Heritage Trail
A super circular walk around the North Bedfordshire countryside visiting twenty three villages, two country parks and around thirty public houses.
The walk is often started at Bedford and then visits the following towns and villages: Biddenham-Bromham-Stagsden-Turvey-Carlton-Harrold-Odell-Sharnbrook-Riseley-Hatch End-Keysoe-Colmworth-Wilden-Roxton-Tempsford-Everton-Potton-Sandy-Northill-Cople-Ickwell-Old Warden-Willington.
Walk highlights include the National Trust owned Willington Dovecote and Stables (video below). This 16th-century stone-built dovecote and stable buildings are great for bird watchers with barn owls and kestrels regular visitors. Also of interest for birdwatchers is the RSPB run The Lodge Nature Reserve near Sandy and the delightful Harrold Odell Country Park. Set in 144 acres, the Park's main features are two picturesque lakes.
The walk is waymarked with a blue and white disc.
North Bedfordshire Heritage Trail Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
North Bedfordshire Heritage Trail Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
North Bedfordshire Heritage Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
North Bedfordshire Heritage Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In Sharnbrook there's the splendidly named Swan with Two Nicks for a pit stop. They do fine home cooked food and have a rear courtyard and patio garden for warmer weather. You can find them on the High Street at postcode MK44 1PF for your sat navs. They are also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
In the picturesque village you'll also find pleasant riverside trails, a Norman church, a wildlife rich local nature reserve and a delightful mill theatre converted from the historic old water mill.