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Priory Country Park

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Priory Country Park is an established local green space of around 360 acres, made up of lakes, meadows and woodland, partially enclosed within a bend in the river Great Ouse and offering a charming variety of natural wildlife.

The visitor centre and cafe at Priory Lake is an excellent place to start and finish, as if you try to do it without a trail map you're bound to miss some nice little spots! It's worth noting (although it's posted on site too) that neither you nor your dog should come into contact with the water from Priory Lake due to the harmful algae.

Managed by Bedford Borough Council, activities here are basic and traditional but also range from the wet to dry and active to sedate with something for pretty much all ages, including Scenic Meadow Walking (including the accessible bank side walk ) and the Labrynth; dog walking; Cycling; Sailing; Canoeing and Kite Flying. The water sports are organised through Viking Kayak club, fyi!

There are large meadows that offer a versatile space for children to play, dogs to run, or just to sit and enjoy the scenery. Why not bring a bug or bird book and have a mini beast safari? Or collect tiny bits and pieces to make a potion or a picture with! It's also a great place to introduce them to orienteering - simple instructions for setting basic directions are easy to find online.

The Barkers Lane car park is open daily 05:00 to 21:00 and there are loos in the centre so you're not restricted in your trip duration by the capriciousness of bladders!

Opening hours

Daylight access



Barkers Lane,
MK41 9SH,

Phone number

01234 211182


Free admission

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