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Explore Ampthill Forest
(Average user rating: 2 unrated 1.6/5)

Ampthill Forest is an historic area of majestic ancient woods. The forest is formed from a number of woodlands spread out along the Greensand Ridge. The woods include semi-natural broadleaf woodlands, and coniferous plantations, all rich in wildlife and archaeology. Some of the woods have full public access, in others the public access is limited to formal routes. The woods include:

  • Maulden Wood - a fantastic network of paths and trails. Please see the Maulden Page for more information.
  • Rowney Warren (TL 124 404), this wood is largely coniferous on sandy soils and has lots of interest with hills, areas of heather and bracken, birch and pine. It has a modest car park and a great network of trails.
  • Potton Wood (TL 247 498) is an ancient coppice woodland, and contains a rich range of plants and animals. It is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.
  • Stanford Wood (TL 163 404) is a small peaceful pine wood, on level ground. The wood gives firm walking all year round. A small lake is hidden away in the wood, and is a haven for wildlife.
  • Wilstead Wood (TL 073 438) is an ancient woodland site which is now a pleasant mix of semi-natural broadleaf woodland and conifer plantations. Pedestrian access is limited to the main ride network. The wood is one of a handful of ancient woodlands in the Marston Vale Community Forest.

What do other visitors say?

1 Star 1 Star

Omg, I can't believe how lazy dog owners are, Rowney Warren isn't a nice place to walk because of dog mess everywhere. PICK IT UP, don't be selfish, think of others who want to enjoy walking in these woods. Perhaps dogs should be kept on leads then the owners will know where their dogs have messed and maybe they will pick it up! DISGUSTING.

Elizabeth Fisher, 15/Oct/2016
2 Stars 2 Stars

Always loved Rowney Warren to walk and bike in, but have just been for a walk today with the children and pretty disgusted at the amount of dog mess left by owners on the paths and particularly round the picnic area next to the car park-its a big concern for us with the children running around and a pity people are so selfish.

Melanie Moore, 2/Oct/2016
2 Stars 2 Stars

On 18/9/16, visited Rowney Warren, 3 adults and 2 children. Of that party, 3 managed to tread in dog poo. This excrement was all over the place. Similar sites do not have this problem, why do you? Dog owners clear up drive perhaps?

Anonymous, 23/Sep/2016

Thanks for the comments. Rowney Warren is heavily used by dog walkers and most of these are responsible dog owners who clear up. We continue to encourage good dog behaviour using our staff and wardens who keep an eye out and tackle irresponsible behaviour. I am sorry you had a bad experience and we will look into other measures we can take to improve things.

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Last updated: 18th August 2016

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What's Here?

  • Educational
  • Horse riding
  • Cycling
  • Cyclists are welcome on the surfaced gravel tracks. Mountain bikers are asked to use the specialist facilities at nearby Rowney Warren Wood.
  • Walking
  • Take a healthy walk in the fresh air in this beautiful ancient woodland on the Greensand Ridge. Follow the Greensand Ridge Trail or find your own way through the network of rides and woodland tracks.
  • Wildlife
  • Much of the woodland is SSSI because of its rich ecology associated with the ancient woodland and acidic grassland heaths (managed in association with the Greensands Trust).
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