Visit Bedfordshire for flowing rivers and countryside teeming with birdlife and flowers, wildlife parks crawling with big cats and rambling manor houses. Bedfordshire is a truly outdoorsy county. Step back in time at crumbling castle ruins and stately homes with grounds that double up as African safaris. Drive up close to zebra and giraffes. Local wildlife roams on the Chiltern Hills – spy muntjac and fallow deer and soaring kestrels. Top places to visit in Bedfordshire include Whipsnade Zoo, Woburn Abbey and Wrest Park. Don't leave this eastern county without sampling its unusual local delicacy – the Bedfordshire clanger. This dumpling stuffed with meat and sweet jam is a traditional farm-worker's snack.