Established in May 2017 The Longholme operates café services, public events and hire options on lake & land through boat & bike hire.

We are a family run site with a focus on quality food and comfortable surroundings. We are open 7 days a week.


Hire one of the iconic Viking boats and get the kids out on the water for 30/60 minutes boat hire this summer. The boats are open from April – October generally subject to fair weather conditions, there is no need to book just come along on the day. If the weather is a looking off please call in advance to check the service is running 01234 9549132.

The lake itself is shallow, set on 5.8 acres and built as a labour project. Donated to the town in 1923 as a result of the generosity of the Rotary Club and its members, in association with the Charles Wells brewery now managed by Bedford Borough council & volunteers. In recent years the lake has bloomed with wildlife and is home to a wide range of birds, fish and wild animals – including otters! When you hire your boat your free to row across the waterway and lose yourselves on an adventure that really could place you anywhere.


  • £10.00 for 30 minutes hire for upto 4 people
  • £15.00 for 60  minutes hire for upto 4 people
  • A refundable deposit is required, life jackets are available. This is a self-row/peddle service

For the most up to date information please visit – information submitted March 2019



Bedford boasts a great array of attractions with the main natural features being The River Great Ouse running right though the town centre and onto surrounding countryside. If you’re a local or just visiting, seeing Bedford with our bike hire gives a whole new perspective.

The River Great Ouse is one of the longest of several British rivers called “Ouse”. From its source in Syresham, Central England, the Great Ouse flows into East Anglia via Bedford before entering ‘The Wash’. With a course of 143 miles you might not be able to cycle it all in a day! Maps are provided with you hire so your set to explore.

Among others -Route 51 is a long distance route that connects major cities in the south of England.  It links Milton Keynes, Bedford, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich on its way and also links the University Cities of Oxford and Cambridge with the coast at Felixstowe before continuing to Harwich and Colchester.

We offer a truly unique choice for bike hire in Bedford combining great service with quality.

Available with 24 hours advanced notice during the summer season April – October.  Let us know when making your  booking if you would like us to make you & the group a picnic lunch to take with you!  Half day & full day hire available.

Half day £18.00

  • OUT 10:00 -13:00 RETURN
  • OUT 13:30-16:30 RETURN

Full day £23.00

  • OUT 10:00 – 16:30 RETURN

Currently we have adult bikes only.

Booking required for all bike hires IN ADVANCE.  Please be sure to bring a photo ID with you on the day  to validate your booking.  We cannot grant bookings without Photo ID on the day. A copy of any ID may be taken from you.

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For the most up to date information please visit – information submitted March 2019

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