AG Travel Diaries: Bedfordshire!

Hey guys! I’m back with one of my favourite posts to write, the AG Travel Diaries. This time, I will be detailing our family holiday to the Bedfordshire area of the UK. We visited places in the surrounding counties Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire as well while we were there since they are all closely linked to each other. It was a really fun holiday especially because it’s rare that I tend to visit anywhere regularly south of Derbyshire or Lincolnshire and this is an area of the UK that I had not journeyed to specifically before this point. It’s a beautifully rural part of England with many forests and fields and some absolutely gorgeous beauty spots that attract thousands of tourists every year. So here is my travel diary all about Bedfordshire!

30th July 2021: We spent much of the day travelling down to Bedfordshire. It was about a 4 hour drive from Hull with one rest stop where I had my favourites drink from Costa, the vanilla coconut latte.

Arriving at the holiday property, we found that it was situated on a farm with several other holiday lets there too. It was a bungalow with a spacious living room and kitchen, three beautiful bedrooms and 2 well equipped bathrooms. The colour scheme across the property was mustard and grey which was often expressed in the accessories across the different rooms. Overall, it had a very homely feel and the owners had even left us some homemade brownies which was a great touch. Also, we did meet the owners later on in the week and they were so friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend this property if you are staying in the area.

31st July: I had suggested that we visit Hitchin Lavender, a local lavender field and this suggestion was agreed to by my family. Upon arrival, we headed towards the field and my breath was taken away by the beauty of it. It was like gazing at an ocean of purple with people wading through it to pick the flowers or snap photos. After looking at an information poster, we discovered that there were in fact 10 types of lavender in the field, not that I could tell the difference between them. We captured some pictures, picked some of the flowers to take away with us and waded through the masses of purple to reach the top of the sloped field. After this, we had a picnic lunch accompanied with a cake/ice cream from the cafe. I seized the opportunity to have lavender and honey ice cream which tasted absolutely amazing! Overall, it was an incredible experience.

1st August: The main activity on our agenda was visiting Marston Vale Millenium Country Park for a walk. It certainly didn’t disappoint! Although we did get a bit confused with the overall directions since the signs weren’t very clear about what path we needed to take, we still had a lovely walk and ended up somehow completing the circular walk that we were supposed to. About halfway into our trek, we discovered the massive lake at the heart of the trail. The crystal clear blue water was rippling slightly because of the water sports that it was hosting. The most exciting one for me was the water skiing that looked so cool! I really support promoting water sports so I thought it was great that they had the facilities for it on the lake.

2nd August: We set out fairly early in the morning and headed for Woburn Safari Park. I feel like this amazing park deserves it’s own blog post so I don’t want to go too deep into it. Basically, there is a car safari and a separate foot safari which you can go around as many times as you like. There are different animals in each section which is really exciting. The car safari stars animals such as giraffes, lions, elephants and tigers and the foot safari conversely has animals like seals, lemurs, tortoises and penguins. For me, I loved seeing all the animals but especially the giraffes because they are my favourite animal and the monkeys because they were absolutely hilarious to watch. Many of them jumped up onto people’s cars as they were driving through the section and we were lucky (or unlucky depending on how you look at it!) enough to have a monkey jump onto our car. I think the car behind it enjoyed it more than we did funnily enough. I would definitely recommend Woburn Safari Park if you are in the area.

3rd August: This day was the day we visited Cambridge. A city famous for its university and river punting but one that I was yet to discover. I must confess it’s now become one of my favourite cities that I’ve visited alongside the likes of York and Lincoln.

The first place we went to was Christ’s College because it must be some kind of a crime to visit Cambridge and not see any of the colleges that it’s so famous for. Christ’s College was home to a host of stunning buildings with intricate architecture. Its gardens were manicured beautifully with bright flowers carefully arranged around the outside of the perimeter. There was even an outside swimming pool! I could easily see why thousands of people fought for a place at the university every year when they had the hope of boarding at a place as beautiful as that for most of the year.

After that, we stopped for a spot of lunch at my favourite chain cafe, Pret e manger. We unfortunately don’t have one in Hull so it’s always a treat when we get to visit. Then, once we’d finished, we just spent some time wandering around the city soaking up the atmosphere. Something that stood out to me was the unique clock outside of Corpus Christi College. There was a monster on top of it that was represented as eating the time away as the clock ticked on which I thought was really clever. It had been gifted to the college by one of its alumni.

After that, our walk took us around to the punting river Cam where you could punt on the river. The river also backed onto some of the colleges so our punting guide explained which colleges we were passing and some random facts about them all. It was very interesting to get an insight into this key part of Cambridge’s culture and I found it really relaxing to float down the river in the boat. This ended our time in Cambridge and we stopped off at a family friend’s house on the way back for some tea which was a lovely way to end the day.

4th August: After a tiring day in Cambridge the day before, we had more of a relaxed day starting off with a walk around the farm that we were staying on. The fields it hosted were reminiscent of the ones that I often walk around near my house with plenteous corn growing that seemed to stretch on forever. We could’ve walked on much longer but decided to turn back in time for lunch.

In the evening, we had a lovely meal out at Fratelli Italian restaurant in Ampthill. There was a wide selection of pizza and pasta options as well as plenty of deserts and drinks too. I opted to share a ham and mushroom pizza, a margarita pizza and a pepperoni pizza which were all absolutely delicious. It was a lovely way to finish off our day.

5th August: Our last day in Bedfordshire was spent at Rushmere Country Park, a lusciously green and spacious place with lovely options for walks. There was a shorter fairy walk available for children and several other longer walks for older children and adults. We did a circuit that was about an hour and a half long and there were a few intricate wooden statues of different animals and insects dotted around the trail which added interest to the already beautiful scenery. We finished off our time there with a drink and cake at the cafe. I chose to have a millionaire shortbread and Sprite which were delicious. It was such a lovely way to finish off our time in Bedfordshire.

Thank you for reading this post! Have you been on holiday recently? Let me know in the comments! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!

Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull

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