With its southern borders only 30 miles from London, the county of Bedfordshire is
the gateway to the Midlands and East Anglia. Set in a rich rural landscape, the county is an attractive place to live, work and visit.
Overall, Bedfordshire has a population of about
560,000. Bedfordshire County Council provides services for a population of about 380,000 with a fifth living in the historic county town of Bedford,
which lies on the River Great Ouse. In 1997 Bedfordshire's largest town, Luton, became a unitary local authority.
There are many areas of outstanding natural beauty
and attractions, which include stately homes and gardens, woodland walks and nature reserves, country parks and world-famous animal parks. The county
enjoys excellent transport links to London, the north and beyond.