Countryside sites

Countryside sites in the west

Rushmere Country Park

The Greensand Trust (link opens in new window) and Central Bedfordshire Council purchased Rushmere Park in September 2009, linking existing Stockgrove Country Park and Oak Wood to create a 210 hectare resource. Rushmere is situated at the western tip of the Greensand Ridge, an elevated feature that runs across Central Bedfordshire and is recognised as an area of high landscape value.

Nearest postcode: LU7 0BE

Car park - main Car Park at Rushmere.
Walking
- around the park and beyond.
Dogs - welcome, but must be kept under control.
Access - from the Stockgrove entrance there is a path around the lake suitable for wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are available to loan.

Picnic - picnic site with picnic tables, other benches around the park.
Toilets - yes, at the main Rushmere car park and at the Stockgrove entrance.
Cafe - yes, at both Rushmere and Stockgrove entrances.
Friends / volunteers - please contact the Greensand Trust (link opens in new window).
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Tiddenfoot Waterside Park

Tiddenfoot Waterside Park is a 13 hectare site, bordered by Mentmore Road, and the Grand Union Canal. Sand extraction has left a 3 hectare lake, grassland, scrub, willow woodland and a poplar plantation. It is very important for wildlife, and is designated as a County Wildlife Site. There is a surfaced path around the site.

The lake is well known for its catfish, with angling rights held by the Leighton Buzzard Anglers Club (link opens in new window). This site is also home to the Canal Festival - a very popular local event held each summer. It is managed in partnership with The Greensand Trust.

Nearest postcode - LU7 2AE.

Car park - Mentmore Road, approximately 30 spaces.
Walking - open access and public paths.
Dogs - welcome but must be kept under control.
Cycling - permitted.
Horse riding – not permitted.
Access - entrances are accessible to manual wheelchairs / buggies, surfaced paths. Circular paths / routes.
Picnic – picnic area. Other seating located around site.
Toilets - none.
Cafe - none.
Friends / volunteersFriends of Tiddenfoot Waterside Park (link opens in new window).
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Aspley Woods

This 324 hectare woodland is owned by Bedford Estates and managed by the Greensand Trust (link opens in new window). There is a network of permissive paths through the woods with cycling and horse riding allowed with a valid permit and suitable safety equipment.

The wood is a mixture of conifer woodland with some areas of semi-ancient woodland and heathland. It offers fantastic views of Woburn Abbey and even Milton Keynes, and contains the scheduled ancient monument Danesborough Hill, and the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) Wavendon Ponds.

Nearest Postcode - MK17 8TT

Car park - closed at night.
Walking - permissive routes.
Dogs - welcome, but must be on a lead.
Cycling - by permit (link opens in new window).
Horse riding - by permit (link opens in new window).
Access - steep in places, no surfaced paths.
Toilets - none.
Cafe - none.

Marston Thrift

Marston Thrift is the remnant of a much larger area of woodland which has existed since the time of the Domesday Book. The 56 hectare woodland has traditionally been managed by coppicing, which continues on a smaller scale today.

The wood is important for wildlife, attracting a variety of butterflies including the rare Black Hairstreak and birds such as the Black Cap and Chiff Chaff. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a designated Local Nature Reserve.

Nearest Postcode - MK43 0NZ.


Car park - Wood End.
Walking - within wood and on circular walks, good links to rights of way.
Dogs - welcome, but must be kept under control.
Cycling - on route 51 adjacent to site.
Horse riding – not permitted.
Access - paths unsurfaced. Can be steep and muddy in places.
Picnic - no facilities.
Toilets - none.
Cafe - none.
Friends / volunteers - occasional tasks during winter.

Heath Wood

Heath Wood is 1 mile north of Leighton Buzzard on the west of Plantation Road. It is 8 hectares in size and is mixed broadleaved with some conifers. It forms a ring around residential development and the river Ouzel flows along the southern boundary.The Leighton Buzzard Preservation Society takes a keen interest in its management. Greensand Trust rangers manage the site on our behalf.

Nearest Postcode - LU7 3JB

King's Wood

This National Nature Reserve is owned and managed in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council, The Wildlife Trust (link opens in new window), The Greensand Trust and Lafarge. The site contains several types of woodland from acid oak and birch woodland to calcareous mixed broadleaved woodland. Rides are important for wildflowers, mosses and liverworts. The wood contains very good examples of wood banks.

Nearest Postcode - LU7 0BA.


Car park – Stockgrove Country Park.
Walking – no rights of way, but routes along rides.
Dogs – welcome on a lead.
Cycling – sorry, not permitted.
Access – uneven paths, often muddy.
Picnic – no facilities.
Toilets – nearest at Stockgrove Country Park.
Cafe - nearest at Stockgrove Country Park.
Friends / volunteers – Occasional Greensand Trust  and Wildlife Trust volunteer tasks.

 

Knolls Wood

Managed in partnership with The Greensand Trust, Knolls Wood is approximately 5 hectares and comprises an area of mixed, ornamental woodland, notable for its avenue of monkey puzzle trees and other specimen trees (including giant redwoods). The wood is home to some of the largest trees in the Eastern region, and is located within an area of Great Landscape Value. An active Friends of Knolls Wood (link opens in new window) Group has more details.

Nearest Postcode - LU7 3JB.


Car park - none, but parking available in estate opposite the site.
Walking -  open access and public paths.
Dogs – welcome but must be kept under control.
Cycling -  not permitted.
Horse riding – not permitted.
Access - entrances are accessible to manual wheelchairs / buggies, but there are no surfaced paths. Paths flat, but prone to flooding and mud.
Picnic - none.
Toilets - none.
Cafe - none.
Friends / volunteers – Active Friends of Group.

Linslade Wood

This 5.5 hectare is mainly ancient semi-natural woodland with some planting of cherry and ash. Well known for bluebells in spring, the wood is also home to a great variety of bird life all year round. The entrance from the road is via a steep flight of steps. Paths through the wood link to the public rights of way network, the nearby Grand Union Canal and the Greensand Ridge walk. The Friends of Linslade Wood has information about the woodland, activities and a history of the site.

Nearest Postcode - LU7 2TA.


Car park - A4146 lay-by north of Leighton Linslade.
Walking - several paths through the wood.
Dogs - welcome but must be kept under control.
Cycling - sorry not permitted.
Horse riding - sorry not permitted.
Access – many steep paths.
Picnic - no facilities.
Toilets - none
Cafe - none
Friends / volunteers – Friends of Linslade Wood.

 

Cranfield Millenium Park

A small area of greenspace on the edge of the village with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.

Nearest Postcode - MK43 0BG.


Car park – none.
Walking – near to public rights of way.
Dogs - welcome, but must be kept under control.
Cycling - sorry, not permitted.
Horse riding - sorry, not permitted.
Access – some surfaced areas.
Picnic - some benches.
Toilets - none.
Cafe - none.

Segenhoe Church, Ridgmont

A redundant church with Norman features. It is passed by footpaths.

Nearest Postcode - MK43 0TT.


Car park - yes.
Walking - links to Rights of Way.
Dogs - no.
Cycling - not permitted.
Horse riding - not permitted.
Access - site flat, but no surfaced paths.
Picnic - no facilities.
Toilets - none.
Cafe - none.
Friends / volunteers - 2 volunteer tasks each year.

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