Review of Bedford by Gemma Turner on June 19th, 2009
Harrold Country Park Everyone is feeling the pinch these days and as summer approaches, having to cut back on those hazy weekend afternoons spent at the local or out shopping can be a little frustrating. However we live in an amazing part of the country. Surround by beautiful scenery, it’s a wonder how anyone could feel perturbed when there is so much to do whilst spending barely a thing. Harrold Country Park, for instance is a wonderful place to spend a day. Whether it’s a long lazy picnic or a brisk stroll that takes your fancy, there is plenty to see and do. Situated adjacent to the River Ouse, it has a total area of 58.7 hectares, made up of 12.3 hectares of water meadows and 45.1 hectares of lakes. The adequately named Cafe in the park is situated near the main entrance and provides drinks and light refreshments to keep everyone topped up. There is also an ice cream van conveniently parked up offering a wide range of refreshing treats before or after your wanderings. If you do fancy a stroll there are a few routes to take. You can head either way around the three lakes, or make your way across to Odell, a picture perfect little village just a few miles away by car. There is some striking wildlife to be spotted, and on your meandering you may come across one or two of the several huts situated around the lakes, used to quietly watch and wait for Harrold’s natural beauty to unfold around you. The park offers wide expanses of open space, just right to toss a Frisbee between friends or play chase with the kids. If they are a little older, and far too cool to be seen with parents then send them off to discover the cycle and kick-wall facilities. Just along from The Cafe in the Park, both are easily accessible and can provide entertainment with just the right twist of a challenge. All in all there is a pleasant day or at least afternoon to be had by all who visit. Parking is free, although there is a suggested donation which goes to the upkeep of the park. And for everything else you can spend as little or as much as you want to. So why not take advantage of what we have on our doorstep and check it out for yourself.