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Bedfordshire Offers & Links

Jordans Mill 1¼ miles

The working flour mill can be seen through a glass partition or by taking a guided tour. Displays explain its operation. Wildflower gardens along the riverbanks. Market gardens. Riverside Café. Tel. 01767 603940.
Open Daily 1000-1700, see website for times of guided tours.
The best route to Jordans Mill is down Mill Lane to the weir and then by footpath beside the River Ivel but this may be muddy in wet weather. The footpath follows the river under the A1.

Biggleswade map

Shuttleworth Collection and Swiss Garden by bus then ¾ mile

The Shuttleworth Collection covers the history of flight from the early 1900s to the 1950s. It is housed in hangers at Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Aerodrome which is still in regular use. Other exhibits include vintage cars, motorcycles, bicycles and horse drawn carriages. Flying displays during the summer months. Programme of Air Shows and other events. The Swiss Garden is an early 19th century landscape garden with plants from all over the world, ponds, bridges, miniature buildings, grotto, fernery and a tiny thatched Swiss Cottage. Children's Play Centre. Restaurant. Tel. 01767 627927.
Open Daily 0930-1700 (closes 1600 Nov-Mar).
Bus 74 from Bus Station (in Market Square) to Ickwell, Green (10 minutes journey) then ¾ mile walk. M-S only hourly. Operated by Grant Palmer. Buses also operate from Bedford.
Walking from Biggleswade (about 3 miles) is NOT recommended because it means either walking along busy roads without paths, or using footpaths and crossing the very busy and fast A1 dual-carriageway where there is no bridge or pedestrian refuge, just a gap in the carriageway barrier.

Shuttleworth map