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?
5 StarsDavid Henden, 19/Jan/2016
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!
5 StarsRay Dart, 30/Nov/2015
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).
5 StarsAnonymous, 6/Aug/2015
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'?
Forestry Commission Response
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.