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Explore Ampthill Forest
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

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
  • 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.
  • 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 with a small car park. 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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Stanford wood, a nice little wood between Clifton, Stanford and Southill no longer has a car park. It has a big, permanently-locked metal gate. This is because the place was being misused. All rather sad.

Car park now locked permanently, 8/Mar/2015

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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).
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: TL 1040

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Contact

enquiries.eastfd@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
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