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The Park is owned and managed by Bedford Borough Council.
The Friends of Harrold-Odell Country Park work in partnership with Council staff and run this web site.
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VISITOR WARNING: There is blue-green algae in the water of the lakes. Keep animals and children away from the water. See Safety section for more information.
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Welcome to Harrold-Odell Country Park

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

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JULY 2014

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.

Read more news here

Location & Directions

Harrold-Odell Country Park, Carlton Road, Harrold MK43 7DS Tel: 01234 720016

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View a map of the Park.

Click here for directions to the park.

Details for your sat nav.

Description of the Park

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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

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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.

HOCP activitiesTwo 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

HOCPThe 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.

Membership is open to all and is free. We will keep you informed about events, activities for Friends and items of interest via a quarterly newsletter.

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends will be held in the Visitors' Centre on Thursday 31st July at 10.00am. This is an open meeting so why not come along and learn more about the Friends of HOCP and the ways in which they support the Park.

Notices

GReEN FLAG AWARDED AGAIN

HOCP has won the national Green Flag Award again for the seventh consecutive year. Congratulations to the staff and to the volunteers who work in the Park on a regular basis to maintain the high standard required by the judges. (July 2014)

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.

Dogs in the River Meadows

These meadows are used to graze cattle on a regular basis. Dog walkers are strongly advised to keep their dogs on a lead especially when young animals are introduced into the meadows.

RECENT ADDITIONS TO THE WEBSITE.

Special Events - Bat Walk 14th August

Working Quarry - a set of 18 photographs of the working quarry before it was handed over for development as a Country Park.

Discover MORE ABOUT the Park

HOCP information sheets

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.

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