Harrold-Odell Country Park, Bedford

4.2
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The Harrold-Odell Country Park is a 59.3 hectare Country park and Local Nature Reserve between the villages of Odell and Harrold in Bedfordshire. It is owned and managed by Bedford Borough Council, and it has a cafe, toilets and an information room.
The site was formerly a sand and gravel quarry, and was converted to a park in the 1980s. is bordered on its southern and eastern side by the River Great Ouse. It has two lakes, water meadows and woodland, some of which is seasonally flooded. There is a wide variety of birds, and mammals include otters, shrews and bats.
There is access from Carlton Road.
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  • The park is really beautiful; two lakes surrounded by woodland with a nature reserve thrown in. It also has two playgrounds, which our little one really loved. There are lots of interesting wood...  more »
  • Great park, lovely walks & views. We went to the café as we wanted to support it; sadly we wont go again. The latte was weak and not hot... and then we were charged £3.50 for 100ml lemonade...  more »
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  • I walked to the Park as it was such a beautiful day. Sunny but not too hot. I thought that I'd have an early lunch in the cafe. Took a leisurely stroll, as that's the best I can do now. Arrived at the cafe, it was looking just perfect, with people sat around eating and chatting pleasantly, the sound and visions of little children running around and playing in the play area, with Mums watching attentatively. I went in to order only to find that today they couldn't accept cards!! WHAT. So I had to walk away, disappointed. Still, I had a pleasant walk back home, to cook for myself a lovely light lunch. Thereby saving myself some money. It seems to be that whenever I visit that cafe something disappoints me. I keep giving it a chance to equal the quality of the original team but they just don't! Shame.
  • Very well kept outdoor area. Unfortunately every time I go here their cash machine hasn't worked so I've never been able to try the food so a little disappointing. Great playground apparatus so good for kids.
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