Bedford is easily one of the prettiest villages in the Eastern Cape and is well worth a walk around. The following suggested walk is an easy way to see some, but not all, of the attractive buildings in the village.
Park near the War Memorial which stands in the middle of the road where the main road (R63 tar road) makes a right-angle bend.
The Bedford public library is on the north-east corner of this intersection. This doubles up as the tourism office. The tennis club is on the north west corner of the same intersection.
From the war memorial walk south (towards Somerset East) along Donkin Street (the main street). In the first block on the right is the Bedford Town Hall. (Bedford to-day forms part of the Nxuba local municipality together with Adelaide).
Cross two more intersections and on the left is the First National Bank on the left side of the road and at the end of the block on your right the Standard Bank.
Cross over Cradock Street and on the corner is a coffee shop with a wrap-around stoep. A little bit further down, and set back a bit from the road, is an art gallery.
At the next intersection turn right into Somerset Street, right again into Durban and then left into Cradock Street. About half way along the block on the left you will see the old pastorie, a fine example of period architecture.
At the end of the block turn right into Mart Street and walk north over two intersections. On the left is the quaint pink old Dutch Reformed church beyond the new church and north over the next intersection is the white Anglican church to the left and the 7th Day Adventists to the right.
Continue north to the next intersection and turn right into Graham. At the end of this block on the left is the Bedford Club. Continue east on Graham and take the second right into Ernst Nel Street.
Cross one intersection and you will find on the right the stone-built Presbyterian church. Continue down Ernst Nel and take the second left into Hope Street and the Catholic church is on your left. A few metres further and you are back in Donkin Street a short way from where you parked.
We trust you enjoyed your stroll. As mentioned, this is not all there is to see in Bedford so perhaps you would now like to take a drive around and see a bit more.