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.
In July 2014, we got rave reviews on Trip Advisor
The Park has done it YET again! We have won the Green Flag Award for the 7th consecutive year.
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.
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.
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.
RECENT ADDITIONS TO THE WEBSITE.
Wassailing - an account of the HOCP Wassail held in January 2015 and the tradition behind the event.
Projects - a description of the projects the Friends of the Park are currently funding, together with progress reports.
Welcome Trail leaflet - this guides visitors around the park, pointing out significant features. It is available free from the Discovery Room in the Visitors' Centre. Click here to view and/or print the Welcome Trail map. Note, it's also available in the trail leaflet.
Top Car Park
Visitors are advised that the gate to this car park is locked at 5.00pm each day. Notices to this effect have been posted.
Discover MORE ABOUT the Park
These and other information sheets are available here on this site, all free of charge. Included are materials that schools may download and use/adapt without cost.
Parents - looking for something to interest your children in the countryside?
The Woodland Trust web site has over 1,000 free activities, games and downloads for families, schools and youth groups. Click here to visit their Nature Detectives web site 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.