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Priory Country Park, Bedford

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Priory Country Park is a country park located in the Newnham area of Bedford, England alongside the River Great Ouse. The park is managed by Bedford Borough Council.
The park was established after gravel extraction ended in 1977. It was officially opened in 1986 by Valerie Singleton. It covers an area of 300 acres (121 hectares), with habitats including lakes, grassland and woodland. It includes the Priory Marina and Cardington Artificial Slalom Course. There is also a Beefeater Grill and Premier Inn by the park entrance.

Priory Country Park won a Green Flag Award in 2007.
The wall alongside the Marina is constructed from the stones once part of the former Augustinian Monastery that occupied that part of the site. It also contains Roman bricks from an earlier Roman farm house that preceded it.
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  • Great for a walk round the lake. Large free car park. Cafe excellent for snacks and lunches. Enjoy the cakes. Toilets nearby. 
    Great for a walk round the lake. Large free car park. Cafe excellent for snacks and lunches. Enjoy the cakes. Toilets nearby.  more »
  • Lovely place to come and walk around the lake, good cafe where you can sit and watch the boats float by. Lots of ducks etc to feed 
    Lovely place to come and walk around the lake, good cafe where you can sit and watch the boats float by. Lots of ducks etc to feed  more »
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  • Beautiful place to relax. The footpath around the main lake is perfect for a quick run / walk. The park is really spacious, so you can find a nice spot with a good view though it gets much busier in the weekends. The cafe is well equipped, there are public toilets near to it. Definitely one of the prettiest parks in Bedford.
  • Lovely place to wander round with kids and also alone. Lots of room to cycle around the lakes and lots of routes to choose from. Lots of birds and wildlife around and a nice little cafe to refuel at. Also a brewers fare nearby the top end of the lake which has a little bird feeding area that you can sit with the birds if you dare! There are 4 car parks and all are free of charge according to the information leaflets.

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