Bedford Boating

Boating in Bedford

One of Bedford’s great attractions is its riverside location on the banks of the River Great Ouse, a broad, impressive waterway. The town’s setting provides one of the finest urban riverside scenes in England. It also offers some pleasant outings and boat trips for visitors.

Danish Camp Visitor Centre

This is a site of historic importance as well as a lovely, peaceful riverside location, just outside Bedford. A Viking settlement and harbour is believed to have existed on this part of the river around one thousand years ago, in the days when Viking raiders roamed Northern Europe. The water-filled moat is a rare survival from that era. Vikings are believed to have sailed inland along the Great Ouse, all the way from the Wash to the Midlands.

Added attractions at Danish Camp are the centre’s wildfowl collection and bike hire, with good off-road trails running past the spot.

The Danish Camp is located at Willington, which can be reached by bus from Bedford, although it’s essential to check the timetable if you do plan to take the bus.

Artful Dodger River Trips and Boat Hire

You can board the Artful Dodger at the Danish Camp Visitor Centre for a cruise on the River Great Ouse lasting about two and a half hours. The boat offers refreshments, including a licensed bar.

Boats can also be hired for private use on the river for a maximum of four adults, or two adults with four children.

Bedford Community Boat

The new Bedford Community Boat, run by Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterways Trust, is used by local schools and community groups, and it also runs regular trips for the public. There are four cruises, lasting between two and four hours. Prices are reasonable, with family tickets at between £25 and £35.

The Bedford Community Boat is named in honour of Bedford’s most famous resident, John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrim’s Progress.

Bedford is nearly as far from the sea as you can get in the UK, but its waterside location gives it an interesting nautical character in spite of that. The rowing and canoe clubs are popular, and a lively river festival takes place biennially in July.

By Isabel Cunningham

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A Milton Keynes Christmas Guide for 2014

2014 Christmas Event Guide for Milton Keynes

With Christmas just around the corner many of us are looking out for the great celebrations that will be going on in and around Milton Keynes. We’ve been on the hunt to find out whats going on in Milton Keynes for Christmas in 2014.

What’s On:

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Top five reasons that Public Transportation is the way to go

Sometimes, there are those days where walking or driving a car is just not an option. Whether it be the weather, the cost, or the mindset, there are several reasons why public transportation is usually the most reliable form of getting around from point A to point B, and vice versa. The top five reasons describe why one should opt to take public transportation in substitution for other, less reliable forms of moving around the city.

  1. The More, the Merrier

You will rarely step onto a bus and train without seeing other passengers aboard the same vehicle. Public transportation allows you to interact socially with others, while also giving yourself some time to relax and unwind. Whether you’re the social type that is willing to sit next to a complete stranger and have a good conversation, or you’re the type that feels more comfortable sitting alone and taking the time for a mini-nap, being able to ride a mean of transportation that you don’t have to drive yourself is generally a good option.

  1. Cars Are Fast, but Trains Are Faster

Here’s the scenario: you are running late to a party, school, or work. If you drove your car, traffic jams and road blocks will get you there in an hour, depending on the speed limit. But if you went down the block and took the train, you’ll wait around ten minutes for the train, and you’ll arrive before the hour hand even ticks to the next number. The problem with driving nowadays isn’t necessarily parking, but the amount of time you have to spend delaying yourself because of accidents, restrictions, and limits.

  1. The Bigger the Ride, the Safer the Journey

Car accidents are a reality; more than one person is killed every minute in the United States because of a car accident. Taking public transportation greatly reduces your chances of being involved in an accident, as bus drivers and train conductors are trained rigorously to follow traffic rules and public route regulations.

  1. A Bus a Day Keeps the Pollution Away

Every day, you breathe in thousands of ounces of air. The air however, contains more than just oxygen and carbon dioxide. Cars, trucks, vans, and any motor vehicle you can spot on the road is probably releasing harmful toxins and wastes from the fuel that they are burning. Nonetheless, you can contribute to the “cleaner air fund” by taking public transportation. Instead of driving your minivan today, why not go to the local bus stop and get yourself a lift to your destination? It greatly helps reduce the amount of toxics you find in the air, and you can help another person or two breathe better for a day.

  1. Wheels of Fortune (Savers)

It is common knowledge that the price of fuel and gasoline is always changing. There are multiple factors in determining the general average of both cost and efficiency in getting to a destination via private or public transportation. Methods such as walking, biking, and running aren’t costly, but neither are they efficient. On the other hand, driving, flying, and hired rides are efficient, but very costly. When you weigh it out on the scale, public transportation will prevail over the other methods, as it is both average in cost and efficiency. Generally speaking, taking a bus every day to work will save you almost three times the amount of money you would need to refuel, repair, and service your vehicle in the course of a whole year. So the next time you’re driving and you happen to glance at the empty fuel icon, consider giving public transport a chance, and be glad that your choice made a positive environmental, social, economic, and logical change to our world.

By David Chen