Bedfordshire is packed with brilliant countryside (Downs, Chiltern Hills, Greensand Ridge, Marston Vale) fine towns and villages (Woburn & Harrold reached the 2013 Sunday Times 120 best villages to live in Britain), excellent places to eat, drink and shop, beautiful cottages and great stately homes (Wrest Park, Woburn Abbey, Luton Hoo Mansion House), ancient stories of British importance and many attractions to keep the children busy!
The county is also the birthplace of the Church of England as well as writer John Bunyan of “The Pilgrim’s Progress” fame and more recently the late Ronnie Barker.
Bedfordshire is full of history. The county has witnessed many monarchs of England holding court and even hunting in the forest. In Dunstable, Queen Eleanor was laid to rest, Henry VIII’s first wife Catherine of Aragon was imprisoned at Ampthill and in World War Two many monarchs of Europe in exile took refuge in Bedfordshire. Famous bandleader Glenn Miller broadcasted from the Corn Exchange in Bedford, spy planes (Shuttleworth Collection) left for sorties behind enemy lines and prime minister Winston Churchill made a speech at Luton Hoo.
Cycling as well as walking is made simple with many paths and cycle routes through stunning countryside as well as great indoor/outdoor sport facilities such as canoe polo and kayaking on the river Ouse where luxurious trips in the John Bunyan river-cruise boat are on offer in the warmer months and can be hired for private events.