Welcome to Harrold-Odell Country Park

HOCPThe Park is situated in the village of Harrold in North Bedfordshire and is open throughout the year. Managed by Bedford Borough Council, it offers 144 acres of beauty and tranquillity.

Its main features are two picturesque lakes, river meadows alongside the River Great Ouse, a Nature Reserve and a range of managed habitats.

HOCPFree parking is available at the Harrold entrance to the Park. Visitors are encouraged to make a donation, all of which will be used to enhance the Park. Please be aware that the overspill car park is locked after 5:00pm.

The Park offers something for everyone, including walkers, fishermen, families, serious students of the environment and those seeking peace and quiet. Refreshments are available in the Dragonfly Café, located in the Visitors' Centre where both indoor and outdoor seating areas are available.

HOCPEstablished in the 1980s following the closure of the sand and gravel workings, the Park has been carefully managed by the Local Authority. It has won the Green Flag Award for excellence in seven consecutive years. Three Park Rangers are based in the Park and may be contacted through the Park Office in the Visitors' Centre.

HOCPThere are two main pathways around the Park but visitors are free to find their own way using other established pathways. The path around the main (Grebe) Lake takes just over an hour to complete and is usable all year. At various locations there are wood carvings of wildlife. These were carved specifically for the Park and add to the interest.


The Friends of HOCP are an informal group of volunteers who work closely with the staff to improve the environment for visitors and wildlife. Membership is free and with it comes the opportunity to work on conservation and other tasks in the Park. Go to our Friends page for more information.