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“100% beautiful”

Rushmere Country Park
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Over 400 acres of woodland, heathland and meadows for all to enjoy, with heronry visible from the Visitor Centre providing a secure breeding ground for around ten pairs of grey herons each spring. Woodland walks with fairy trail, Giant's Chair, family cycling and horse-riding routes, dogs welcome. Tree Tops cafe situated in the Visitor Centre. We run a number of events throughout the year - see our website for details. Rushmere Country Park is managed by The Greensand Trust on a not for profit basis - all funds raised are invested into the running of the park.
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“100% beautiful”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Why we've never discovered.this beauty spot, right on our doorstep, I don't know! Beautiful scenery, lots of walks to choose from, a cafe with glorious panoramic views and a picnic area. Wonderful!

Visited April 2014
3 Thank Debbie G
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English first
Bedford, England
Level 6 Contributor
451 reviews
285 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 737 helpful votes
“Lovely park for a relaxing walk”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Visited this country park for the first time on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The car parking at the Rushmere entrance is plentiful and costs £2 on exit. There is a Visitor centre right by the car park which is currently being modernised. There are toilets and a new café (did not use it so cannot review). The rear of the centre overlooks the heronry. We were able to view the herons and their young in their treetop nests through a telescope used by volunteers. There is also a camera trained on the nests so you can watch the action on a screen. This was an unexpected and delightful surprise.
The park covers 400 acres so even if the car park looks full it is very easy to find peace and tranquillity in this lovely area. We walked the woodpecker trail round the park which takes in all the best bits - it takes 60 to 90 minutes plus stops along the way.
It's an ideal place for old, young, couples and families with easily negotiable and well signposted walks.

Visited April 2014
3 Thank Somuchtosee01
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Luton, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A great place to get out in the sunshine!”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

I love Rushmere Park - always something different to see, lots of great walks ... And at the moment there are herons to watch on the nest cams and through the telescope on the balcony - including several very cute chicks - good information and help from the volunteers too.

There are some beautiful wooden sculptures around the park, including the famous Giant's chair, plus play spots for kids, the big slide and they've just built a new childrens' play area right next to the lovely cafe.

Add to that some of the best ice cream and cakes in the area and it's a great place to go for an afternoon out - and you'll be supporting a local environmental charity too.

Visited April 2014
3 Thank BlueWren_12
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Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“The perfect place for a family outing”
Reviewed 30 March 2014

I feel privileged to live close to Rushmere Country Park. The 400 acres of woodland, heathland and meadows are managed by the Greensand Trust, an environmental charity. It's the perfect place for a family outing and picnic, and explore the natural surroundings. The many volunteers, under the guidance of the Rangers, do an amazing job to maintain and develop this wonderful resource.
At this time of the year (March) the Heronry, viewed from the Visitor Centre, is busy. Many nests are in use and the young grey herons are hatching. Watch them on screen via the nest cam or use the telescope when volunteers are around.

Visited March 2014
2 Thank MemberBedfordshire
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great park and poor Cafe”
Reviewed 17 February 2014

We love Rushmere and the park is great with lovely walks with things to occupy the kids like the giant slide and wood carvings and visit regularly
The open space with picnic tables is great for ball games etc
However we have visited the new Cafe several times -its ok when its quite however on busier days its terrible
On our visitor yesterday it was complete chaos and not through lack of staff-i counted 7,the layout is wrong,the system they operate-queue up to order and pay for drinks(10 mins) then queue up for food and drinks (15 mins) -and its not cheap
The Cafe its self is lovely with great views and could be a great asset to the park but they need to sort the service out

Visited February 2014
3 Thank AK1972
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