Short Walks in Bedfordshire

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Tiddenfoot Waterside Park

Description and Walk

Tiddenfoot Waterside park is in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

Between 1920-1960s the site was a working sand quarry, but is now a lake with surrounding grounds owned by Central Bedfordshire Council and maintained by volunteers. Parking facilities and paths have been constructed and improved to make the park visitor friendly.

The lake is surrounded by a main pathway, and is home to numerous forms of wildlife, birds in particular. We came across muntjac deer while we were there. The walk around the water is around 1 mile, or you can detour off by the Grand Union Canal.

If you walk anti-clockwise around the lake from the car park you have to initially descend some steep steps if you want to be beside the lake’s edge. As you move further around, the path drops to the same level as the water.

Tiddenfoot is popular with anglers, walkers, cyclists and picnickers. It gets quite busy on hot summer’s days, but the parking is adequate.

Short Video of Tiddenfoot Waterside Park

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Parking address: Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Mentmore Road, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2AE.

The car park has a reasonable number of parking places, but it's likely to be full on a busy day. However, Mentmore Road offers plenty of roadside parking immediately outside of the car park. See pictures, below.

Google Map

Layby in Lower Luton Road

View of the car park from Mentmore Road.

Mentmore road parking.

More parking available on the road.

Place/s to Eat

The Ship Inn is a pub restaurant, and is very close to the park.

Address:  90 Wing Road, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 2NN

Tel: 01525 382858

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The Shipp Inn, Leighton Buzzard

Further Information

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The Greensand Trust here.

Friends of Tiddenfoot Waterside Park here.

The Ship Inn here.

Google map here.

PDF with details

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