HISTORY

This whole area of north Bedfordshire is of great archaeological importance.   

There has been human occupation of the area since early prehistoric times, with the river valley being the focus of activity. The Park itself has a rich history of human activity which was uncovered in excavations prior to mineral extraction. The remains of an Iron Age farm dating back to the first century AD and evidence of a Roman Settlement have been found.   

The area remained as farmland until sand and gravel were extracted after the Second World War. Once the extraction had finished, the area was restored to farmland with the addition of the lakes - a common feature along Bedfordshire's quarried river valleys. Photographs of this quarrying and its impact on the local environment can be found in the Gallery.

The lakes rapidly became important for wildlife and the area was acquired by Bedfordshire County Council for a Country Park in the 1980's.