Tiddenfoot Waterside Park is located on the southern edge of Leighton Buzzard, with its main entrance and car park on Mentmore Road just south of Cedars Upper School. It also accessible on foot or bike via a footbridge from the Grand Union Canal towpath, and from a tarmac footpath on the west side of the canal along the boundary of Cedars Upper School.
If using satnav or online maps, the nearest postcode is LU7 2AE.
This former sand quarry has reverted to nature as wild plants and animals have been encouraged to reoccupy the land. The park is now a place for people and wildlife, open to anyone for walking or cycling on the surfaced paths.
The walk around the lake is just less than one mile. Wooden benches have been placed at several locations providing pleasant vistas. The absence of steep gradients makes the circular route ideal for visitors with pushchairs, and most is accessible to wheelchairs. The two specially-designated spaces in the car park are only for use by vehicles displaying a valid disabled parking permit.
Low-impact play and exercise equipment has been installed at several points around the park, providing a healthy attraction for families with young children.
Two small wooded areas are signposted as being wildlife conservation areas where entry is not permitted. Fishing is restricted to members of the Leighton Buzzard Angling Club.
The park is owned by Central Bedfordshire Council and managed in partnership with the Greensand Trust and the Leighton Buzzard Angling Club.
If you see wildlife injured or in distress, please call the Greensand Trust Ranger Service on 01525 237760.
Please report any instances of water pollution or high numbers of dead fish to Leighton Buzzard Angling Club on 01525 634826.
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