Sandy - Bedford via the Disused Railway

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This easy-to-follow route hardly needs a map and has good transport links at both ends. Being an old railway line, it is completely level and is well-surfaced throughout. The route has wheelchair access and can be cut short at the halfway point next to the Danish Camp Café. The route is particularly noted for the variety of wildlife in the trees and bushes at the side of the old railway line. The small birds tend to fly from tree to tree following you as you walk. There are also kestrels and two species of woodpeckers to be seen, not to mention common blue and meadow brown butterflies.

Halfway along, the old railway meets the banks of the River Great Ouse where the Danes used their longships in the times of Edward the Elder. Nowadays kingfishers and kestrels provide the interest, as well as the occasional otter. The path winds through a new plantation of trees, always well- surfaced, here with sand, eventually entering Bedford at the Priory Country Park, which also has much wildlife interest.

England - Central England - Bedfordshire - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Good for Wheelchairs, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife

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29.2 Miles