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Cycling in Bedfordshire is a great way to explore the county, with several National Cycle Network routes to choose from. Highlights include the Luton and South Beds Way with long traffic-free sections and the Grand Union Canal, ideal for a leisurely afternoon cycle.
Cycle hire is available at a range of shops across Bedfordshire. In addition, many cycle shops offer coaching, training courses and guided tours for the inexperienced cyclists who still want to enjoy a country ride.
There are a range of great cycle rides to choose from: Bedford to Sandy is a lovely route, following an off-road path perfect for walking or cycling. The ride is very flat with views of the Rivers Great Ouse and Ivel, plus a spell through Priory Country Park. Also on the route is the National Trust owned Willington Dovecote & Stables, a Tudor stone-built stable, built for Henry VIII’s 1541 visit.
Secondly the Rushmere Country Park ride explores 400 acres of lakes, ancient woodland conifer plantations, meadows and heath in Leighton Buzzard. The park has numerous pleasant walking trails and a number of family cycle routes.
Lastly The Three Shires Way is a long distance bridleway which runs between Tathall End in North-East Buckinghamshire and Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire. The route traces the outline of ancient trackways and passes through a beautiful rural landscape. Along the way it skirts several small, historic villages, meanders through remnants of ancient woodland, and has many spectacular views.
Cycling in Bedfordshire is a must-do activity, but for even more information on what else there is to do, then check out our Things to Do in Bedfordshire guide as well.