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

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?

1 Star 1 Star

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.

Ian M, 28/Sep/2015

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.

Forestry Commission Response
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).
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