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Explore Maulden Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

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. A new 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?

How long are the cycle routes?

Anonymous, 10/Mar/2017

We don't have any cycle routes in maulden wood. There are some public bridleways which make some circular routes which can be used by cycles. These would be between 1 1/2 to 3 miles in length in the wood.

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are you allowed to cycle in the park

Chris, 25/Feb/2017

You are welcome to cycle on the public bridleways in the woodland, and on hard surfaced paths as long as you respect other woodland users.

Forestry Commission Response
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.

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Last updated: 19th November 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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