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Explore Maulden Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Colour rating today: still green still green

Maulden Wood is an attractive mix of semi-natural broadleaf woodland, acidic grassland and conifer plantations. 

The Greensand Ridge Trail leads visitors from the lay by on a tour through the wood. The grasslands in the centre of the wood are managed by the Greensands Trust in partnership with the Forestry Commission, and are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for the acidic grassland and heathland interest. The northern end of the wood is also an SSSI because of its importance as one of Bedfordshire's largest remnants of ancient woodland.

Download a Faith Woodlands Communites - Maulden Woods pdf leaflet and map(2MB).

Adjacent to the wood is Deadman's Hill lay by, an infamous spot, much frequented by truck drivers. Katie's mobile cafe serves hungry truckers and woodland visitors most weekdays. The lay by is potholed and muddy, but gives quick and easy access to one of Bedfordshire's countryside jewels, Maulden Wood. Trails and hard rides radiate out from the gateway in the lay by.

What do other visitors say?

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I visited the woods at the weekend with my son and his family. The woods are delightful. However, the experience was tainted when we spotted a totally naked man scurrying for cover. My daughter-in-law has since mentioned this to a friend who told her that she had seen male couples disappearing into the woods and had been put her off visiting again. Presumably this is what is meant by 'an infamous spot'?

Anonymous, 6/Aug/2015

Thank you for your comments. There is some anti-social activity taking place at quieter times. The police are fully aware of this and are monitoring the area. We are sorry that this incident spoilt your visit.

Forestry Commission Response
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Anonymous, 21/May/2015
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I am a childminder and we love visiting Maulden woods on a regular basis to make dens and do bug hunts. I was wondering if their is any change that when you have any trees that may have fallen or are taken down you could donate them to our childminding group. We are looking for small round blocks that the children can build with and some larger ones that can be used as stepping stones in the garden. If you are able to help me then please contact me.

Helen Short, 23/Feb/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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OS Grid ref: TL 075 390

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