Jewel in the crown replaced hovels that once lined the riverside in Bedford

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Those Bedford worthies of the 1880s who decided upon the scheme to demolish the slum area by the River Great Ouse had no idea what history they were making.

The area was known as Waterloo and those who changed this part of town could not possibly have imagined what an impact their scheme would have and how it would come to be the recognisable face of Bedford.

The hovels have gone to be replaced by a most attractive area for informal leisure and relaxation enjoyed by thousands on a fine weekend.

The Embankment is most certainly the jewel in the crown of Bedford and the story of its inception and development is one worthy of telling.

There are also a number of important features added in subsequent years and of which many of those simply strolling will be completely unaware.

The guided walk this week leaving the Tourist Information Centre in St Paul’s Square at 11am

will recount the full story as well as point out some of the very rare species of trees that are still to be found on the river banks.

Booking is essential so call 01234 718112 now to reserve your place. The cost is £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.