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.
- 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?
2 StarsAW, 15/Apr/2016
Agree with the comment Ian M 28/Sep/2016. Started using the walking woods for dog walks a year ago and it was our favourite location. However, since the stick and flick ruling/signs were up (I guess the notices requesting people clear up are now obsolete), it has just turned into a giant dog bin. It is everywhere and difficult to avoid as camouflaged with the pine cones. This is not the right policy for this wood. It works a bit better for Ashridge estate (the first place I saw it), but that is a completely different woodland and a lot larger. Despite Rowney Warren being a great place for families to spend some time, I would not recommend it now
1 StarIan M, 28/Sep/2015
Used to visit Chicksands Rowney Warren lots as a child and have many fun memories, however having taken my own 2 children last weekend (September 2015) my wife and I were hugely disappointed. The amounts of dog poo was overwhelming, with dog cr@p every foot or two along the path! We had to keep our children next to us to avoid stepping in it, making the visit pointless as it was an opportunity for them to explore and have fun. While we appreciate that the woods are for everyone to enjoy, there was a distinctive attitude towards "nobody else picks up their dog crap, so why should I?". Very disappointing and a real let down to those that do make the effort to clean up their dog mess.
Forestry Commission Response
I am sorry you had a disappointing visit to the woods. This is a very popular site for dog walking. We have had two dog bins installed near the car park, and we have put up notices requesting visitors clear up after their dogs. We continue to work on improving the site for visitors, including reducing dog mess.
3 StarsCar park now locked permanently, 8/Mar/2015
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.