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The historic county of Bedfordshire is situated in the East of England bordered by alternative counties such as Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, and Hertfordshire. According to statistics recorded in mid-2017, the population of Central Bedfordshire stands at an estimate of 280,000 residents.
Are you a biker from Bedfordshire? Maybe you just fancy a ride out to this beautiful county! Bike Trader, We Buy Any Bike have got you covered! We’ve written this biker’s guide to let you know of all our favourite cafes, routes, and some apparent top accommodation spots that are biker-friendly!
Cafe’s & Hangouts
Picture this: It’s a nice hot summers day, you’re on a ride out to Bedfordshire, you’ve seen plenty spots where you could pull over for a coffee, but there’s just nowhere to store your bike! WeBuyAnyBike have done some sleuthing and discussing – here are some biker friendly places you can go!
Situated in the little village of Barton-le-Clay, this classic gastropub offers an exquisite dining experience for those with a fancy pallet! Some of these fancy plates consist of Rabbit Tagliatelle, BBQ Pulled Pork Burger… They even have Prosecco Jelly! All their produce is sourced locally from within the village. Come and take a visit to this 300-year-old pub filled with historic English features.
This quirky establishment is often visited by the East Northants Classic MCC. Founded in 2001, the Danish Camp Riverside consists of a Norwegian Log Cabin that is surrounded by woodland. There are plenty of places within the area where you can sit and order a meal from the cabin itself. You can sit in the cabin, on the terrace, in the woodland, or by the banks of the river. There is also a barge named the ‘Artful Dodger’ where you can sit, have a sail along The Great Ouse River and enjoy a nice glass of bubbly and a bite to eat.
Situated in Renhold, Paul and Lindsay are the owners of The Polhill Arms. They are very accommodating to all guests, including bikers! So much so, that on the first Wednesday of every month, they host a car and bike night –the event starts at 7:30 pm. The Polhill Arms also provide some delicious dishes and Real ales, along with plenty more refreshments to keep your thirst quenched.
Like many racetracks, Bedford Autodrome is built on the site of an Airfield. The founder of the premises is a former F1 racer, Jonathan Palmer. Though it is primarily used for car track days, bike track days are certainly not forbidden! Keep an eye on the website as they occasionally host their south-west circuit stretching at 2.8 miles long as a premise for bikes.
Situated near Biggleswade is The Shuttleworth Collection – a cumulative variety of all things motors, primarily focusing on aircraft (but they also have some bikes)! This is a popular place for bikers to hang out; the team are very accommodating to us too! In fact, as their website currently states, if you present your helmet throughout March & October 2018, you can get the ‘Bikers Special’! This consists of a meal and a hot drink priced at just £6.95.
These prime selection of cottages are located just over the border of Bedfordshire, more on the Cambridgeshire side. They are a variety of 6 cottages all with their unique styling to signify the history of each cottage individually. The premises date back to 1840 when the grounds were first used for farming. To this day, the farm and original airfield are both still in use. Owners of the multi-award-winning Fullers Hill Cottages offer a warm and friendly welcome to everyone, including bikers! On their website, they aim to provide recommended routes and biker-friendly pubs to all motorcycle enthusiasts. Pick your perfect cottage coming complete with a hot tub after your long ride to Bedfordshire!
This building has been going strong for half a millennium! Owners, Janet and Graham offer 6 comfortable rooms for their customers, fully equipped with either king-sized or super-king-sized beds! Prices start at £80 and breakfast is included to all guests! This hotel is situated in the beautiful Northern Bedfordshire Countryside within the small village of Colmworth. Alongside the neighbouring church of St. Denys, the Cornfields is also a Grade II listed building! You can see evidence of the 17th century within the building itself. With the presentation of wooden beams supporting the roof!
It must be a ‘thing’ in Bedfordshire to have authentic traditional English beamed roofs… This one has it too! Tracey and the team at the Heath Inn offer a warm and friendly welcome to all their guests. Whether they’re staying the night or they’re just popping in for a bite to eat. Situated in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, alongside other popular attractions. Such as Woburn Abbey and Ascott House. The Heath Inn has 16 rooms available. It often hosts live music events and quiz nights alongside delicious meals. They’re evidently quite popular according to their reviews! The team are very welcoming to all their guests, including dogs!
Motorcycle Clubs in Bedfordshire
Listed below are some popular clubs that might be of interest. If you are looking for eager bikers based in the Bedfordshire area:
- Oakley Motorcycle Club
- Luton & District Motorcycle Club
- Top Yokes MCM
- Biker Forum – Especially for Bedfordshire, not an MCC but you can probably get some help on there!
Motorcycle Repairs & Parts
If you’re on your bike in an unknown area, such as Bedfordshire. There’s a small chance that your bike might break… It happens to us all! Here are some repairs and parts shops that will be able to get you back on the road again.
Suggested Motorcycle Route
Baldock – Bedford – Kimbolton – Ramsey St.Mary’s – Huntingdon – Gamlingay
This is a great run which is around 100 miles long, involving a little bit of everything! Baldock services offer a good starting point, from there the views just get better and better. You then have some tight bends to have fun on, leading to little villages for coffee and food stops!
Fun Facts About Bedfordshire
- Have we got any tractor fans in the house? The first tractor was invented here; Biggleswade in 1901, by professional cyclist, Daniel Albone.
- Bedfordshire is also home to the tradition that is English Afternoon Tea. Throwback to the year 1840. The Duchess of Bedford decided she would like a light bite to eat on an afternoon. It was previously frowned upon. However, when the population saw what she was doing, they soon caught on!
- If you list all the counties in the UK, Bedfordshire will be at the top… You can try it if you like!
- Have you ever eaten a sausage roll? Imagine that but with meat at one end and fruit at the other. Whether you like the idea or not, this dish is called the Clanger! It is the traditional delicacy of Bedfordshire. Apparently, the name has been adopted by Bedfordshirians as a nickname for themselves!
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