The Priory Country Park has been awarded Green Flag status. This award is given to high quality parks which are clean and well maintained and involve the local community.
The Park is an area of beauty designated and maintained for both wildlife and people and is open all day. Features include a large lake, the smaller finger lakes, wooded areas and open spaces. It benefits from a riverside path. The Ouse follows part of the perimeter of the Park. What was the Visitor’s Centre (opened in Oct 1986) is now the Cloverdale Retreat Café at the front of the building with the Bedford Wildlife Trust still occupying part of the building. Public toilets with wheelchair access are located at the rear of this building being run by the Bedford Council.
There is a good sized free Council car park adjacent to the building and other overflow car parks nearby so parking is virtually unlimited.
There are various recommended walks which are as follows: Riverside Wildlife Trial, Lakeside Wildlife Trail and Finger Wildlife Trial. Details of there can be found on the website: www.bedford.gov.uk (under leisure and culture).
On the same website are details of the various fishing permits that are available.