– Sandy, the Ivel river and the Riddy nature reserve
– About 2 miles (out and back so can make the walk as long or short as you want)
– 1 1/2 hours (again, you can turn back whenever you like for a longer/shorter walk)
Wildlife– Kingfishers and dragonflies, the Riddy has otter and water vole although I didn’t see either this time round!
Families– Mostly level, surfaced, off-road path and starting from a town centre with lots of facilities so ideal for a short family stroll
Long Distance– This is a just a short walk but connects to three long distance trails- the Kingfisher Way route from Baldock to the Ouse, The circular North Beds Heritage Trail and the Greensand Ridge Walk
Good for Kids?
– Yes. Some unfenced open water, one road to cross on a zebra crossing)
Good for Dogs?
– Yes. Some unfenced open water, may be cattle or sheep grazing in the Riddy
– Free parking available in Sandy Town Centre
– Plenty of cafes in Sandy town centre, free public toilets next to the car park (although there were no opening times posted for these so no sure when/if they close at night)
– Mostly tarmac so any comfy shoes will be fine
– Step-free, level tarmac option up to and just into the Riddy nature reserve, then rough grass paths (you can walk further along the tarmac towards the meadows). Ivel Road is slightly up/down hill.
– Out and back on the same route so you can turn back whenever you like, or continue further along the Kingfisher Way along the river bank
How To Get There
– I started from the free car park in Sandy Town Centre. From the A1 drive past the market place and look for the raised red and white barriers on the left just before the church. You can also take the train into Sandy, walk towards town from Sandy station and then turn left into Ivel Road to meet the walk. Plenty of bus routes into Sandy from Bedford, Biggleswade and St Neots. Try Traveline South East for details/times.