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Explore Maulden Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

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

The Greensand Ridge Trail leads visitors from the layby 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. An information panel can be found at the entrance off the layby. Or for a map of the woods please 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 layby is uneven in place, with potholes, 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?

My husband and I are interested in visiting UK and would like to stay in an area near Maulden Wood. What is the best contact for travelers?

Mrs. T. Hielke, 3/Jan/2018

I think the best place to get up to date and independently reviewed information would be the trip advisor website. The address is

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Hi,I have started making walking sticks recently, I was wondering if its allowed to collect a few dead branches twigs etc that are on the ground?

Anonymous, 2/Oct/2017

Thanks for your query. One or two sticks is fine. However due to our commitment to managing sustainable forests, we do not permit collection of fallen wood for commercial use or firewood. If you would like more information, please contact the office on 0300 067 4160.

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what is the story of the name "pennyfathers hill" please

Ronald Thomas, 22/Jun/2017

I cannot find anything in the designation that would suggest why it got this name. The area is secondary plantation, planted from the 19th century onwards, so perhaps got is name when it was being planted? I will make some investigations. 05.06.2017 - A colleague thinks it is the surname of a past local landowner. There is also a Pennyfather's Moor nearby.

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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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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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