Bedford made it into The Sunday Times’ list of the ’50 Best Urban Places to Live in Britain’. The newspaper described the city as a ‘perennial wallflower coming into bloom’. It also claimed that Bedford’s success was largely due to its great location, seeing as ‘Buckinghamshire has the cash, Cambridgeshire the brains and Bedford was the convenient piggy in the middle’. Bedford is also the northern terminus of the Thames link railway line that runs through London to Brighton. It takes only 35 minutes to commute into the capital. This week, it was announced that the Bedfordshire economy is likely to keep growing, as the government gave the go-ahead to the £162 million investment in the A5-M1 Link Road Dunstable Northern Bypass through Dunstable.
The Town Will Change
Despite its position, the town has often been overlooked as a workplace destination, but many interesting developments are on the horizon. One example is the Riverside North site, which will house a number of big retail and hospitality brands and is sure to lead to further employment opportunities.
You Need To Budget For Your Lunches
The Embankment is a mile-long pedestrian walk on the bank of the river Ouse, in central Bedford, surrounded by gardens and a tree-lined park. This is a great place to have your lunch on a sunny day, taking in the views of the bridges and boathouses. Bedford is also known for its Italian community and the traditional family restaurants which have sprung up as a result of it.
You May Get A Bit Of Exercise
Most parts of the town can be accessed by bus services, but the centre of Bedford is at most a mile wide and can be walked in about 15 minutes for the average walker. This is a great way of making sure you start your work day fresh and ready, and you get some exercise too.
You Can Be Tempted By The Markets
Bedford is ‘a town of markets’ – as it refers to itself. The town has the historical ‘charter’ market, which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday. But Bedford now has three specialist markets too; a food market, a garden market and a farmers market.
You Will Have To Take Some Time To Explore The Surrounding Areas
On your day off, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to day trips. Within half an hour’s drive of Bedford, you’ll find the charming riverside town of St Neots. In the same amount of time, you could be visiting the historical Bletchley Park. But a 30-minute drive will also get you to Barton-le-Clay and the surrounding Barton Hills National Nature Reserve.
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