Countryside sites

Countryside sites in mid Central Bedfordshire

Centenary Wood

This developing woodland was planted in 1985 to commemorate 100 years of Bedfordshire County Council. A variety of different trees were planted, including osiers and Norway maple, which are very colourful in autumn. Some areas are coppiced and other trees are managed as standards. A great place for a walk with plenty of paths to explore the wood. Paths are gently sloping.


Nearest Postcode - MK45 5DT.

Car park - small car park off Sand Lane.
Walking - several paths cross the wood.
Dogs - welcome, but must be kept under control.
Cycling - not permitted.
Horse riding - not permitted.
Access - gently sloping, no surfaced paths.
Picnic - some benches.
Toilets - none.
Cafe - none.
Friends / volunteers - friends of Centenary Wood meet regularly.

Duck End Nature Reserve

This small 0.84 hectare site is a wetland habitat and the last surviving remnant of Maulden Moor, drained for agriculture in the 19th century. A boardwalk takes you over the wettest parts of the reserve where invertebrates thrive. Look out for dragonflies and damselflies in spring and summer, as well as a wealth of butterflies.

The site is a county wildlife site and is managed by our partners at The Greensand Trust. (link opens in new window)

Nearest postcode - MK45 2DJ.


Car park - 2 cars only on Moor Lane.
Walking - grassy paths (muddy in wet weather).
Dogs - welcome, but must be kept under control.
Cycling - sorry, not permitted.
Horse riding - sorry, not permitted.
Access - paths are flat but can be muddy, not suitable for wheelchairs.
Picnic - no facilities.
Toilets - none.
Cafe - none.
Friends / volunteers - Regular tasks – Greensand trust volunteers, voluntary warden. 

Flitton Moor

This wonderful 5.4 hectare nature reserve is a patchwork of grassland, moorland and woodland. Formerly drained for agriculture, we acquired the site in 1987 and began restoration. Ponds were dug, grasslands reseeded and shelter belts and osier beds replanted.  Much of the management is now undertaken by the volunteer group Friends of Flitton Moor.

Nearest Postcode - MK45 5EJ.


Car park - none.
Walking - circular walk around site.
Dogs - welcome, but must be kept under control.
Cycling - sorry, not permitted.
Horse riding - sorry, not permitted.
Access - paths mainly flat, but can be wet and muddy (not suitable for wheelchairs).
Picnic - benches.
Toilets - none.
Cafe - none.
Friends / volunteers - Regular tasks – Greensand trust (link opens in new window) volunteers, voluntary wardens.

Flitwick Moor

Owned and managed jointly by Central Bedfordshire Council and The Wildlife Trust (link opens in new window), this is the most important wetland in Bedfordshire.  It was formed by peat cutting which took place until the 1960s.

The site contains a variety of habitats including oak and birch woodland, alder woodland in the wetter areas and fen and bog in the really wet places.  It is a haven for wildflowers such as meadowsweet, cotton grass and lady’s bedstraw as well as a huge variety of insect and bird life.

Nearest Postcode - MK45 5BN.
Car park - track by Folly Farm, off Maulden Road, Flitwick.
Walking - paths through the reserve and links to rights of way network.
Dogs - welcome, but must be on a lead.
Cycling - sorry, not permitted.
Horse riding - sorry, not permitted
Access - paths mainly flat, but can be very wet, not suitable for wheelchairs.
Picnic - no facilities.
Toilets - none.
Friends / volunteers - occasional Wildlife Trust volunteer tasks.

Flitwick Wood

This 13.8 hectare woodland contains ancient semi-natural woodland and more recent planting and is home to a variety of wildflowers, insects, birds and bats. Ancient wood banks can still be seen.

An 800m surfaced path is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. It’s a great place to walk, or just sit and enjoy. Bluebells and wild garlic in spring make the wood a delight for all.

Nearest Postcode - MK45 1QN.
Car park - area off of Steppingley Road or Tennyson Road. Please park considerately.
Walking - various paths through the wood.
Dogs - welcome, but must be kept under control.
Cycling - sorry, not permitted.
Horse riding - sorry, not permitted on site.
Access - 800m surfaced path is suitable for wheelchairs. Disabled parking situated on Tennyson Avenue. Access to wood requires Radar key.
Picnic - benches along the surfaced path.
Toilets - none.
Cafe - none.
Friends / volunteers - occasional volunteer tasks.

Kings Wood and Glebe Meadows

Kings Wood is an ancient woodland with views across the Marston Vale and next to Glebe Meadows, a series of ancient meadows managed by grazing and hay cutting and alive with colourful wild flowers in mid-summer. Both are of huge importance to wildlife and are protected by Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) status. There are no surfaced paths within the wood and meadows, but a surfaced path links Houghton Conquest to Glebe Meadows.

Nearest Postcode - MK45 2EZ.
Car park - Houghton House Car park.
Walking - paths.
Dogs - welcome but must be under control.
Cycling - sorry not permitted.
Horse riding - sorry not permitted.
Access - a surfaced path links Glebe Meadows to Rectory Lane, Houghton Conquest.
Picnic - no facilities.
Toilets - none.
Cafe - none.
Friends / volunteers - occasional volunteer tasks.

Maulden Church Meadow

This 4.2 hectare site is an important grassland habitat with a series of ponds. It is home to a variety of wildlife from wildflowers to birds, butterflies and other invertebrates and has the status of Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This is the result of several hundreds of years of cattle grazing, which is maintained today to help the wildlife thrive. The site can be walked around or taken as a link to the public right of way network and the Greensand Ridge Walk.

This site is managed in conjunction with The Greensands Trust - Maulden sites. (link opens in new window)

Nearest Postcode - MK45 2AU.


Car park - Maulden Church car park.
Walking - a public footpath crosses the site.
Dogs - welcome, but must be kept under control.
Cycling - sorry, not permitted.
Horse riding - sorry, not permitted.
Access - uneven paths, steep in places.
Picnic - no facilities.
Toilets - none.
Cafe - none.
Friends / volunteers - regular volunteer tasks.

St Mary's Old Church

Old St Mary's is a ruined church in Clophill that is both Grade II listed and a scheduled ancient monument. It is owned by Central Bedfordshire Council and on a long-term lease to the Clophill Heritage Trust.

The trust restored this wonderful building for visitors to enjoy by consolidating the structure and creating a viewing platform within the tower.

The adjacent ECO Lodges provide accommodation for walkers on the Greensand Ridge and a communal area where information relating to the history, architecture, and archaeology of the church will be available, as well as facts on local flora, fauna, history, walks, and other locations of interest in the area. A full time, on-site warden assists visitors and provides 24 hour security.

Contact us

Tel: 0300 300 8305

Email: countrysidesites@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

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