Priory Country Park and Marina are 9 miles from Shefford by car. There are 3 parking areas in Bedford, Cardington Lock through Priory Business Park and in Goldington
Priory Country Park is an established green area, of around 360 acres, made up of lakes, meadows and woodland, enclosed and held within a bend in the river Great Ouse very close to Bedford and Cardington village. It is very accessible from both Bedford and Cardington.
It is managed, for the benefit of the native wildlife and regular and casual visitors, by Bedford Borough Council as a site for passive recreation, including:
There are large open meadows that offer a space for children to play, dogs to run, or just to sit and look at the views without the urban interruptions.
The Priory Lake offers a bank side walk on an all-weather path that passes the full circumference, giving an easy walk of just over a mile. Walking in different directions and different times of the year brings a different aspect each time. Take a walk through the Labyrinth or let the children wear themselves out in the play area.
There are more secluded walks around the Fingers Lake conservation area, but this trail includes steps and can be muddy at times in the wet or out of the main summer season so please take care. There is also a longer walk taking in most of the park, including the river and the lakes, that is about four miles, or you could just simply wander and make your own trail or journey.
Visit the Visitor Centre with its displays and information, located near the main Barker's Lane entrance car park. It is open daily. There are free public toilets on the car park end of this centre and additional 'superloos' (a small charge is made) are located in the Barker's Lane main car park and the Cardington Mill car park.
For a longer stay there is a Premier Inn and an adjoining Beefeater adjacent to the main visitor information centre on Barkers Lane.