GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Harrold Odell Country Park

3 miles (5 km)

This park has two pretty lakes set in 144 acres of country park. It is located between Bedford and Northampton on the River Great Ouse near the villages of Harrold and Odell in Bedfordshire. You will find river meadows, a nature reserve, two picturesque lakes and a range of managed habitats. There is also free parking and refreshments in the Tea-Zels Cafe.
There are a number of well maintained walking paths around the lakes and through the nature reserve while cycling is permitted along the lakeside bridleway. The North Bedfordshire Heritage Trail also runs through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk if you have time.
You could follow the trail east to visit nearby Felmersham and Sharnbrook where you'll 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.


MK43 7DS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Harrold Odell Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Harrold Odell Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

The park is a nice place for a dog walk although theyare not permitted in the Nature Reserve in order to prevent disturbance to the wildlife.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south from the park and you can visit the lovely village of Turvey. Here you can try the Turvey Circular Walk which uses part of the Milton Keynes Boundary Walk to explore the area around the historic village. The picturesque village includes a medieval bridge, a 17th century abbey and views of the River Great Ouse.
Just to the south east you can pick up the circular Stevington Country Walk. This uses sections of the John Bunyan Trail and the Ouse Valley Way to visit the restored Stevington Windmill and the villages of Oakley and Pavenham.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Bedfordshire Walks page.


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Birds on the pond in September 2005

Island in Harrold Odell Country Park - - 322078

Island in Harrold Odell Country Park. The Island in the middle of the pond offers a retreat to the large numbers of waterbirds that live and feed in and around the several ponds in the park.

Footpath and Bridge in Harrold Odell Country Park - - 321986

Footpath & Bridge in the park. There is a public footpath all the way around the principal pond within the Country Park which is a highly popular spot for walkers and for recreational use. This bridge takes the footpath over a lateral drainage ditch on the north-western side of the park.

North-western Shoreline in Harrold Odell Country Park - - 322086

North-western Shoreline. The pond within the Harrold Odell Country Park was created out of old gravel extraction workings which occur throughout the Great Ouse valley. This view shows the north-western shoreline within this square.


GPS Files

GPX File

Harrold Odell Country Park.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Harrold Odell Country Park.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)