Bedford is home to a wide variety of public parks. From the Victorian splendour of Russell Park and the Embankment, to the specimen trees of Addison Howard Park in Kempston, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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Bedford is located on the junction of the A6, A421 and A428, about 15 miles north-east of Milton Keynes and 18 miles north of Luton. It is around 40 miles north of London and is reached via the A421, from junction 13 of the M1 motorway.

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Route Description 

1. Mowsbury Park and Bedford Park are in North Bedford.
    Mowsbury Park has outdoor sports pitches, three play areas for different ages and a BMX track.
    Bedford Park has outdoor sports pitches including Bowls available for hire.
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2.  Jubilee Park, Priory Country Park and Russell Park are in Central and South Bedford.
     Jubilee Park has sports pitches, a number of play areas, the Jubilation Community Centre and seasonal planting, especially in spring.
     There are recreation facilities in and around the lake and a slalom canoe course at Priory Country Park and also quiet areas such as the Finger Lakes for the benefit of wildlife.
     Russell Park lies on the Embankment and provides sports pitches, recreation space and herbaceous gardens. It was opened as a recreation ground at the end of the 19th century about 10 years after the widening of the river and opening of the Suspension Bridge. It still provides opportunities for residents to get active with a large play area, rugby, football and putting facilities.
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3.  Addison Howard Park and Allen Park are in West Bedford and Kempston.
Addison Howard Park has football and cricket pitches to hire and a large childrens play area.
     Allen Park has play facilities for tots to teens including tennis and basketball courts.    
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4. Harrold-Odell Country Park has 144 acres of award winning parkland that includes a nature reserve, two picturesque lakes and a stretch of the River Great Ouse. You can enjoy breakfast and light lunch in Tea-Zels Café followed by a stroll round on well laid paths or a spot of bird watching from the hide. There are places to picnic (no barbeques) or simply immerse yourself in nature. The park has its own website run by Friends of Harrold-Odell Country park, to visit their site please click here.

Click here to link to Bedford Borough Council's Parks and Open Spaces website.


Bedford Borough Council.