Short Walks in Bedfordshire

Bedford Park

Description and Walk

This is a Victorian park, created in 1888 with paths going around it and through it. Even after prolonged rain you probably don’t need boots for this.

The park has a pavilion, a bandstand, sports changing rooms (shuttered and boarded), and a small lake all from that period. In addition, if you follow the path upwards and out on the east side of the park it leads into Foster Hill Road Cemetery which is immediately behind the park. You can see a bit of the cemetery if you watch our video.

The cemetery is well tended and dates from 1855. Although a few of the headstones have fallen or are heavily tilted, it still makes for an interesting walk in itself. The cemetery has volunteers who help maintain it and its own ‘friends of’ website.

You can exit the cemetery through the red-brick gatehouse and re-enter the park to continue your park visit from the Foster Hill Road side. The video shows this more clearly.

See our short video at the bottom of this page.

Parking

Parking is Free and Pay & Display

Parking address: Park Avenue, Bedford, MK40 2LP.

There is free parking on both sides of the road in Park Avenue. During peak periods in the summer this may all get taken, but the adjacent roads have Pay and Display parking that allow for stays of up to 4 hours. In addition, Foster Hill Road which runs up the west side of the park has a small Pay and Display car park.

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Parking available in Park Avenue

Pay and display in Foster Hill Road

Place/s to Eat

There are loads of places to eat in Bedford, but the park has a nice cafe in the pavilion with seats outside for when the weather permits. The cafe serves hot food and snacks. Take your reading glasses for the menu; when we visited it seemed to be in about 6 point.

Bedford Park Pavilion

Short Video of Bedford Park

Note: The video is best viewed by clicking on the 'full screen' symbol that appears at the bottom-right of the video box once the video is playing. To exit full-screen hit your escape key or click on the symbol at the bottom-right again.

Further Information

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Bedford Borough Council's park pages here.

Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery here.

Google map here.

PDF with details

The pdf, below, contains address and parking location details similar to the ones on this page. Print out the pdf file if you want something to carry with you. Pdf opens in a new tab.