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Bedfordshire is the smallest of the 'shire counties' and has no cities. The busiest towns in the county are the market towns of Bedford, Luton, Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable. The name Bedfordshire is derived from the Anglo-Saxon Bedas Ford or the river crossing of Beda.

The county covers just 480 square miles of central to southern England gently undulating in a series of hills and valleys across the plain of the Ouse to the Chiltern Hills where most of the land is rich clay through a belt of sandy hills stretching from Woburn to Sandy to a higher ridge of chalk downs in the south of the county, where the highest point of 801 feet is reached.

The north of Bedfordshire is mainly agricultural and the south around the town of Luton mostly industrial. Bedfordshires main attractions are Whipsnade Wild Animal Park near Dunstable and Woburn Abbey - the home of the Duke of Bedford.

Locations within Bedfordshire:

Ampthill
Arlesey
Aspley Guise
Astwick
Barton-le-Clay
Battlesden
Bedford
Biddenham
Biggleswade
Billington
Bletsoe
Blunham
Bolnhurst
Bromham
Caddington
Cardington
Carlton
Chellington
Chiltern Green
Clapham
Clifton
Clophill
Cockayne Hatley
Cold Brayfield
Colmworth
Cople
Covington
Cranfield
Dunstable
Easton
Eaton Bray
Edworth
Elstow
Eversholt
Everton
Farndish
Flitton
Flitwick
Gravenhurst
Great Barford
Harlington
Harrold
Haynes
Heath and Reach
Henlow
Hockliffe
Houghton Conquest
Houghton Regis
Kempston
Kensworth
Keysoe
Kingsbourne Green
Knotting
Langford
Leagrave
Leighton Buzzard
Lewsey
Lidlington
Linslade
Little Barford
Little Staughton
Lower Shelton
Luton
Marston Moretaine
Maulden
Melchbourne
Meppershall
Millbrook
Milton Bryant
Milton Ernest
Northill
Oakley
Odell
Old Warden
Pavenham
Pertenhall
Podington
Potsgrove
Potton
Pulloxhill
Ridgmont
Riseley
Roxton
Salford
Sandy
Sharnbrook
Shefford
Shillington
Silsoe
Souldrop
Southill
Stagsden
Stanbridge
Steppingley
Stevington
Stondon
Stopsley
Streatley
Studham
Sundon
Sutton
Swineshead
Tebworth
Tempsford
Thurleigh
Toddington
Totternhoe
Turvey
Upper Dean
Upper Sundon
Westoning
Whipsnade
Wilden
Willington
Wilshamstead
Woburn
Woburn Sands
Wootton
Wymington
Yelden


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Status: Ceremonial & (smaller) Non-metropolitan county
Region: East of England
Area: 1,235 sq. km
Admin HQ: Bedford
ISO 3166-2: GB-BDF
ONS code: 09
NUTS 3: UKH22
Population: 582,600 (2005 est.)
Council: Bedfordshire County Council

 
     
 
   

 
 
   
 
 
 
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