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Explore Bedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

A couple jogging along a forest road.

Bedford Purlieus is an historic ancient woodland in the Soke of Peterborough. The wood was declared a National Nature Reserve by English Nature in 2000, in recognition of its importance as a species-rich semi-natural native woodland. The wood is home to more plant and insect species than most other woods in this country. Limited car parking facilities are available, and the wood is open for quiet recreation.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

well good. natural . untouched. just what the country is all about

LEWISPENTA, 18/Mar/2012
5 Stars 5 Stars

Lovely - but despite having maps (including one recently downloaded from the Internet) we always lose our way! An accurate footpath map would be great.

Bill Young, 4/Dec/2011
5 Stars 5 Stars

I love Bedford Purlieus! We spent over 6 hours there the other day and saw all kinds of interesting wildlife including lots of deer and lovely displays of ramsons, bluebells and early purple orchids. Well worth a visit, and much quieter than Fineshade and Wakerley in terms of people!

Anonymous, 3/May/2011
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