Short Walks in Bedfordshire

Ampthill Great Park

Description and Walk

Ampthill Great Park was landscaped by Capability Brown in the eighteenth century, and is a former hunting ground of Henry VIII.

Depending on which authority website you believe the park extends to somewhere between 160 and 245 acres, and is owned and managed by Ampthill Town Council.

The park has designated walking trails, woodland, rolling hills, a cafe, formal play areas with swings and slides, and is home to Ampthill Town football and cricket clubs.

There are two free car parks inside the park.

With regard to walking, there is no need for us to supply directions as there are suggested trails which are well signposted, but in any event this is a place where you should probably just roam as you please.

See our short video at the bottom of this page.

Parking

Parking is Free.

Parking address: Woburn Street, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2HX.

Note: Currently Google Maps refers to this as Woburn Road, as
opposed to Street. Google is wrong.

There are two free car parks available, neither is well signposted from the street. You can see that there are entrances, but you wouldn’t know what they were unless you were looking for Ampthill Great Park. The car parks are not far apart (maybe a couple of hundred metres), so don’t worry about which you park in. The Central car park probably gets busier if there are
football or cricket matches on in the park. There is also parking available in the street outside the park - Woburn Street.

Google Map (opens in a new tab)

West entrance to the park

The West car park

Place/s to Eat

Ampthill Great Park has a cafe which serves hot food and offers indoor and outdoor seating. If you don’t want to eat in the cafe you could try the Chequers pub at: Ampthill Rd, Houghton Conquest, Bedford MK45 3JP. The pub has a nice big outdoor seating area which is popular in summer, but generally you can find a seat. It also has a children’s outdoor play area.

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Short Video of Ampthill Great Park

Note: The video is best viewed by clicking on the 'full screen' symbol that appears at the bottom-right of the video box once the video is playing. To exit full-screen hit your escape key or click on the symbol at the bottom-right again.

Further Information

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Ampthill Town Council's park pages here.

More about Capability Brown here.

Google map here.

PDF with details

The pdf, below, contains address and parking location details similar to the ones on this page. Print out the pdf file if you want something to carry with you. Pdf opens in a new tab.