Welcome to Harrold-Odell Country Park
Located in Harrold, in north Bedfordshire, the park is open throughout the year.
Managed by Bedford Borough Council, its 144 acres offer visitors beauty and tranquillity in a setting that features two picturesque lakes, river meadows, a nature reserve and a range of managed habitats. It has free parking and refreshments in the Tea-Zels Café.
the Park has done it again!
We have won the Green Flag Award for the sixth year
August 1st 2013
Congratulations to the Park staff and to all the volunteers who turn up rain or shine to give their time and skills to improving and maintaining the Park. To see the Award poster, click here.
Description of the Park
Harrold-Odell Country Park, on the banks of the Great Ouse, lies between Harrold and Odell in north Bedfordshire. The Park has been developed by the Local Authority to become an award-winning haven for visitors and wildlife.
Free car parking, children's play facilities, a network of pathways, a welcoming café, wide open spaces for picnics with views of the lake, as well as a modern bird hide make this an ideal venue for everyone.
The 144 acres of lakes, woodland and meadows are easily accessible and provide visitors with an enjoyable day out in a beautiful setting.
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Activities for Visitors
Walking in the Park offers a range of experiences and vistas. There is a hard-surfaced Welcome Trail around the larger lake. Twisting pathways through the Nature Reserve provide a reminder of England’s landscape before human settlement.
Bird Watching is provided by a new bird hide.
Fishing platforms around the Park afford good fishing in season but please note that a permit is required.
Two play areas are available for younger children and there is a skate park for older youngsters.
The Park has a programme of organised events for visitors and there are regular Conservation or Task Days for Friends of the Park. Organised Health Walks take place throughout the year.
Cycling is permitted on the bridleway.
Dogs are welcome in the Park with their owners.
Friends of the Park
The Friends of Harrold-Odell Country Park are a group of volunteers who work with the Park Rangers to improve the Park for visitors and wildlife.
The next Friends' Committee Meeting will be held in the Visitors' Centre on Thursday 28th November at 10.00am. This is an open meeting so why not come along and learn more about the Friends of HOCP. On the Agenda is an item to identify plans for the next projects to be undertaken by the Friends. If you have ideas, please come along.
RECENT ADDITIONS TO THE WEBSITE
Working Quarry - a set of 18 photographs of the working quarry before it was handed over for development as a Country Park.
Friends' Christmas Social - details of this event for registered Friends of HOCP.
News items - including plans to launch an HOCP Fishing School in 2014.
Discover MORE ABOUT the Park
These and other information sheets are available here on this site.
Parents, looking for something to interest your children in the countryside?
The Woodland Trust website has over 1,000 free activities, games and downloads for families, schools and youth groups. Click here to visit their Nature Detectives website for kids.
From this site you can download Spotter Sheets that show how to identify animals and plants. These printable sheets enable kids to investigate twigs, birds, minibeasts, leaves, flowers and much more.