Hot Air Balloon Rides Over Bedfordshire
Hot Air Balloon Flights in Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire lies in the middle of the basin of the Great Ouse River which enters the county in the northwest, traverses the rich and beautiful Vale of Bedford with a serpentine course past the county town of Bedford and then continues on to the northeastern corner at St Neots. The fourth smallest county in England, its county town boasts the largest population of Italian immigrants in the UK. Indeed it has its own Italian vice-consulate which was re-opened in 2014 after closure in 2012 generated vociferous local protest!
As you fly over Bedfordshire on balloon rides you will almost certainly see the Great Ouse River and the Bedford Levels. Depending on the wind direction if you drift towards Bedford you may see Bedford Castle Mound, Bedford Park, quaint thatched houses and churches including the principle church of St Pauls. There are many other aerial sights to take in, including Woburn Abbey, Wrest Park Gardens, Shuttleworth Airfield and Whipsnade Zoo on the Dunstable Downs.
Champagne Flights provides balloon flights over Bedfordshire from the Bedford Micro Light Centre just 5 miles from Bedford and 25 miles from Cambridge, lying between the Rivers Ivel & Ouse. It is close to the small town on the A1 of Sandy, which is thought to have been an ancient Roman trading centre. Little more than a mile to the west is Moggerhanger Park & House which was landscaped by Humphry Repton during the late eighteenth century. The iconic Airship hangers of Cardington, spiritual UK home of Airships & Ballooning in the UK will dominate this Bedfordshire landscape during your flight, and are still said to be some of the largest buildings in Europe.