Housing and rental prices around the UK are becoming more and more unaffordable, with fewer young people than ever able to get on the property ladder.

Among those worst hit are people whose jobs are based in London, where the average flat price is now over half a million pounds.

Renting is equally as difficult with an average monthly cost of around £1,500.

It is therefore understandable that towns and cities within a commutable distance to the capital are becoming ever more desirable.

Among these options is the market town of Bedford, located in the “underrated” county of Bedfordshire.

Situated 46 miles northwest of London, commuters can make the journey there by train in just one hour.

And if that’s not good enough there is also a fast train to St Pancras that takes 42 minutes.

For those working in other cities, Bedford is 65 miles from Birmingham, 25 miles from Cambridge and 19 miles from Northampton.

It is also surrounded by plenty of beautiful countryside, earning the county of Bedfordshire the title of one of the most “underrated places” in the UK by Rough Guide.

According to the travel blog, the county is “filled” with historic sites, museums and “beautiful towns.

More specifically in Bedford itself though you can expect to find the Great River Ouse running through.

It is also home to historical landmarks such as St Paul’s Church, the Bedford Castle Mound and the Old Town Hall.

So, how affordable is Bedford? According to Right Move, properties in Bedford had an overall average price of £320,893 over the last year.

It explains: “The majority of sales in Bedford during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £336,260.

“Terraced properties sold for an average of £277,049, with flats fetching £169,760.

“Overall, sold prices in Bedford over the last year were two percent down on the previous year and nine percent up on the 2020 peak of £294,153.”