Harrold Odell Country Park



The park, which is open every day of the year, is set in 144 acres (58 hectares) of Bedfordshire countryside. The main features are the two picturesque lakes, which along with river meadows, woodland and the tranquil banks of the River Great Ouse, give a fantastic variety of scenery and make for a great day out. There are two circular walks within the park.1


How To Get There By Public Transport
BY BUS – Telephone Bedfordshire Bus Information Line : 01234 228337, 8.30am – 5pm open 5 days a week or Travel Line 0870 6082608.
BY TRAIN – For timetable information, please telephone National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950
Click here for the National Rail Enquiries website


How To Get There By Car
The park can be reached by following the signs to Harrold from the A428 ( Bedford to Northampton road ) or A6 (Bedford to Rushden road). Parking is available in the park.


Access and General Information

Green Route
Surface Types: You will walk across surface types ranging from hard and firm with no stones larger than 5mm and 10mm, to grass or uncultivated earth paths with no ruts.
Linear Gradient: The steepest linear gradient is between 1:10-1:13 – at the entrance to the café.
Cross Falls: None recorded.
Width Restriction: There are no width restrictions of less than 1000mm.
Steps: None recorded.
Barriers: There is one kissing gate with a restriction of between 1000-1500mm.
Refreshments: There is a café at the entrance to the Park.
Public Toilets: Located at the Visitor Centre.
Picnic Tables: There are numerous picnic tables.
Seats: There are plenty of seats along the route.


Red Route
Surface Types: You will walk across surface types ranging from hard and firm with no stones larger than 5mm and 10mm, to grass or uncultivated earth paths with no ruts.
Linear Gradient: The steepest linear gradient is between 1:10-1:13 – at the entrance to the café.
Cross Falls: None recorded.
Width Restriction: There are no width restrictions of less than 1000mm.
Steps: None recorded.
Barriers: None recorded.
Refreshments: There is a café at the entrance to the Park.
Public Toilets: Located at the Visitor Centre.
Picnic Tables: There are numerous picnic tables.
Seats: There are plenty of seats along the route.


Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre is located close to the car park. It contains toilets, an information room with displays about the park, the park office and cafe in the park.


Walks
The park offers a variety of scenery for walkers. Follow either of the waymarked routes within the park, or pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Centre and take a walk into the countryside around the park.

There are two circular walks within the park. The red route takes you on a surfaced path through the woodland and round the beautiful Grebe Lake. It is approximately 1.6 miles and takes around 45 minutes to walk at a leisurely pace.

The green route is not surfaced and takes you across the river meadows along the banks of the River Great Ouse and round Kingfisher Water. It is approximately 1.4 miles and also takes about 45 minutes to walk. This route can get muddy in winter or after wet weather.


Cycles and Horse-riding
Cycles and horses are welcome on the public bridleway running through the centre of the park.


Wildlife
The park is a haven for wildlife. Over 160 species of birds have been recorded here, ranging from the common Canada and Graylag geese to rarer visitors such as bittern and little egret. Watch the wildfowl on Grebe Lake from the hide and look out for terns and kingfishers by the river. Waders and birds of prey are also regular visitors.

Many wildflowers are present, with the greatest variety growing in the nature reserve. Look in the woodland for a good show of early spring flowers. A range of mammals live in and visit the park, and frogs, toads and newts are common in the wetland areas.


Further Information
For further information, or for a brochure on the park, please contact:

Harrold-Odell Country Park
Carlton Road
Harrold
Bedfordshire, MK43 7DS
Tel: 01234 720016
email: hocp@bedscc.gov.uk