Bedford Riverside Promenade

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Bedford's River Great Ouse offers a famous promenade which gives a wealth of town and country scenes. It is accessible in places even to wheelchairs and could be walked in any weather and even at night. This gives you the whole route but it could be cut into easier half-hour or hour sections.

The walk takes you from busy spots with walkers, rowers and cyclists chasing them, to pockets of calm and quiet where birds nest and swans swim smoothly and quietly. The walk is always refreshing, varied and never dull and is an easy stroll with hardly any navigational effort.

There are pubs and restaurants beside the river to stop and watch the activities and the walk could be cut short at a number of bridges. The walk features some fine country scenes near the Priory Country Park, has immaculate gardens and fine water meadowland in areas, as well as being the hub and integral part of North Bedfordshire country life and livelihood.

England - Central England - Bedfordshire - River Walk

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Cafe, Gift Shop, Good for Wheelchairs, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Museum, Nature Trail, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Toilets, Wildlife
13/10/2013 - Dennis Johnson

Lovely walk. You kind of see Bedford in a different light after doing it! Two points to note....at point 12 take the right fork path at the bandstand ( not just before the suspension bridge) and also please note the bridge ( Marina bridge) at point 16 is closed at the moment ( considered unsafe) Get the feeling that it could be some time before it's open again?

06/09/2009 - Adrian Perkins

Walked and updates entered September 2009. Adrian (Admin)

26/08/2005 - Sid Langley

Did this walk today (26.08.05),and thoroughly enjoyed it (wonderful Weeping Willow trees by river). However, 2 of the bridges are currently closed for repair. Suspension Bridge (point 6) closed until 07.10.05, so cross at Butterfly Bridge. Also at point 12(closed until 30.09.05) so we crossed at the King's Ditch bridge at point 11 instead. Sign said closures may be extended if weather hampers repairs.

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