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Explore Maulden Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

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.

There is a great network of paths within the woodland. A new panel can be found at the entrance off the layby. Or for a map of the woods click here  Maulden Woods Map

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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Would have been 5 stars but recentlly thin wire fences have been erected in various places lncuding beneath the loveliest old oak tree where children play on a rope swing. These wires are very hard to see. My dog injured his leg running into it today. A child could easily be decapitated running down the slope. Red and white plastic tape was placed on the wire fence but it is no longer there. Why use single strand wire? When you have a forest of trees? DANGEROUS

Roger, 11/May/2016

I am sorry to hear this. We will look into the fence and missing tape.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

A beautiful area with great biological diversity and inspiring landscape forms. Enjoyable at all times of year, especially in spring for the flowers and in autumn for the trees. Quite outstanding in its own right and very visitor-friendly. Much appreciated!

David Henden, 19/Jan/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

I walk a lot in Maulden Wood. If you choose your route carefully, you can rack up 5 miles easily without ever walking the same path twice. It's best very early in the morning in Spring and Summer. If you are not too noisy you will see deer, foxes and (rarely) badgers, squirrels by the thousand too, of course. I'd like to make a plea to those who use the paths on horseback. If you really could avoid using the paths that are marked as "out of bounds" that would help greatly in keeping them usable for we mere pedestrians. If you could also avoid the muddier paths when they are completely waterlogged, that would help too. (When they finally dry out they are unwalkable (unless you want a sprained ankle).

Ray Dart, 30/Nov/2015
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Last updated: 29th February 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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