Tiddenfoot Waterside Park is on the edge of Leighton Buzzard / Linslade in Bedfordshire. It’s between the railway line and the canal and you get views of both as you walk around. When we visited there was also horses in the field opposite the car park which Smallest Child loved!
This is another place I’d spotted on Google maps (I do that a lot. That’s how I found the amazing Pirate Park in Halton!) So we decided to check it out. You won’t be here for a full day, but you can extend the day by visiting the splash park or doing the children’s trail.
Family walks around Tiddenfoot Waterside Park
Tiddenfoot Waterside Park is popular with families, walkers and anglers. There’s several different paths that you can take around the perimeter of the lake. The one closest to the lake itself is slightly harder (and less pushchair friendly as there are some slopes). Whilst it does go near the lake, on the bits we walked the path itself wasn’t right next to the lake so you don’t need to worry too much about the smallest people.
The footpath further away from the lake is more open and slightly easier. It’s also slightly longer (because that’s how maths and perimeters work!) There are lots of cut-throughs between the two footpaths.
Even though it’s a relatively short walk (we were there for about 45 minutes walking quite fast) there’s lots to see. There’s a little woodland with massive pinecones. There’s the lake with plenty of wildlife. The canal is right next to the outer footpath. Across the canal there’s the world’s wobbliest bridge! It’s pants for pooh sticks as the water doesn’t really flow and you feel slightly sick walking across it. TBH I probably wouldn’t bother with the bridge again. We got to see a whole family of ducklings though which was really cute.
Next to the lake there are a couple of places where you can sit and watch the view, there’s also a bird hide. They’ve installed some fitness trail equipment as well.
There’s not a lot more to say about Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, but it’s a nice little family walk.
Entry is free
Parking / How to get there
Parking – Small, free car park on site. Parking for 30 cars apparently but I’m not convinced it’s that many.
How to get there – Tiddenfoot Lake, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 2AE
None on site. Nearest public toilets are in the town centre
Nothing on site but you could take a picnic.
Our Tiddenfoot Waterside Park Review
This isn’t a huge site so you won’t be there all day, but there’s places nearby to make more of it. It is however a nice, peaceful walk with plenty to see. There’s plenty of space for social distancing as well. We’d definitely go back again. For more information about the history of the site check out the Friends of Tiddenfoot Waterside Park website.
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