Tudor Style Hall, Sandy © TAB
Originally a Roman settlement, the rich soil deposited by the River Ivel (a tributary of the Ouse), has made the town of Sandy a thriving market-gardening centre since the early 17th century.
The oldest and most interesting buildings are located along the High Street, including a few old timber-framed buildings. The most unusual building is a large mock tudor Town Hall, circa 1906, that has never really been used as a town hall.
Although its only a small village it does have its own Tourist Information Centre, located just behind the car park, off the High Street opposite the Anglican Parish church (dedicated to St Swithun).
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has a 104 acre reserve 1 mile east of Sandy, on the Potton road. The house and buildings are not open to the public but visitors can enjoy peaceful woodlands, colourful gardens and an Iron Age hill fort on Galley Hill. Nature enthusiasts will be able to spot species of woodpecker, nuthatches and other woodland birds.
Facilities: Parking, shop, outdoor picnic area, wheelchair partly accessible (some steps and steep paths) toilets for disabled.