Dog walks in Bedfordshire
If you are looking for a collection of dog walks in Bedfordshire, then look no further. Bedfordshire has a huge range of scenery and countryside to explore and we help you find the best walks for you and your dog.
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Situated right in Bedford town centre, Jubilee park is a great place to visit if you are looking for a short walk. The park itself is pretty scenic considering that it is right in the centre of a housing estate although some parts do end up with a fair amount of littering and rubbish dumped. The park has three play areas for the children as well as a huge skate park and three basketball courts. There are proper tarmaced paths going all the way round and plenty of benches and doggy bins placed throughout.
Mowsbury park is only 5 mins drive from Bedford town centre and yet once you are in the park it is perfectly quiet and tranquil. The park has a big free car park and is well serviced with toilets and plenty of litter bins.
The park has plenty of open grassy space for games of fetch or football with the kids. The park boasts an impressive number of tennis courts which do not require pre-booking. Simply turn up with the family and enjoy a game. We went on a warm summers day and while it was busy there were still a few courts available.
Stockgrove Country Park in Bedfordshire has everything you could want on a dog walk, woodland, meadows for games of fetch and a lake for swimming. The car park is controlled by a barrier and parking costs £2 a day. However if you are lucky you might find a space in the layby opposite the entrance and get away with parking for free!
Rushmere Country Park is fairly new to the Bedfordshire countryside, having been previously privately owned, and backs onto Stockgrove Country Park. The park has a barrier entry and exit system which is locked between the hours of 9pm and 7.30 am although access can be gained on foot outside of these times. The car park is huge and parking is only £2 for the whole day.
As soon as you step into the park, the beautiful woodland simply takes your breath away. The park smells of pine needles and unlike most parks there are planted flowers as well as those naturally occurring. The paths wind through the trees and there are some lovely carved wooden sculptures hidden throughout the forest which are great fun for kids to play on.
The walk around the Grange Estate is an unusual route as although you are venturing through the countryside, all the paths have had concrete laid on them meaning that this walk can be enjoyed even in the worst of the mud producing weather. This man-made element does not detract from the walks beauty through the woodland and alongside the river. The walk is fairly tranquil but you do have to walk near the flyover section of the A421 for part of the route so there is a small amount of traffic noise.
Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire is owned by the National Trust but is free to the public all year round. There is a huge car park with a minimal parking fee (£2 for all day parking) and an extensive onsite cafe, shop and visitors centre. Being so high up, it can get a bit windy but is great if you fancy flying a kite or to find relief on a hot, stuffy summers day.
Chicksands wood is a fantastic place with varied terrain and space to get lost with your dog for well over an hour. There is ample free parking with plenty of picnic facilities and a rather tasty burger van can be found onsite at the weekend.
Priory Marina is a 300 acre country park set on the outskirts of Bedford in Bedfordshire. The park is very dog friendly and a popular place for dog walkers all year round. The park has plenty of open space for those who like to play fetch as well as a lovely scenic walk with plenty of places to stop to enjoy the view.
For those dogs who like water, there is a special beach area with sticks aplenty for the dog who likes to play watery fetch.