Short Walks in Bedfordshire

Aspley Woods

Description and Walk

For some reason we had barely heard of Aspley Woods before, but it’s certainly one we will come back to, if only because at 326 hectares we barely scratched the surface during our brief visit.

We visited on a coldish day in early Autumn, but there were still herds of walkers, bike riders and horse riders in evidence; all out to make the most of this very pleasant woodland on the Greensand Ridge.

The site is managed by The Greensand Trust, and they have supplied dedicated cycle trails, bike jumps, bridleways and walking routes over the land. This is in keeping with their objectives of conservation, coupled with recreational use of their sites.

Mountain bikers at Aspley Woods

Be aware that should you decide to stray onto the cycle trails you might be ‘advised’ that it can be dangerous by the cyclists who, to be fair, do whizz around a bit on some of the downhill tracks. I’m not sure what the rules/etiquette is relating to bumbling around on the bikers’ patches, but at the very least you should be careful and considerate.

Aspley Woods is certainly one of the top walking spots in the county.

See our short video at the bottom of this page.

Parking

Parking is Free.

Parking address: Longslade Lane, Aspley Heath,  MK17 9HZ.

As well as Longslade Lane there is another car park in Sandy Lane. When we visited, the Longslade Lane car park was closed due to tree felling, but there was still ample parking at various points along the lane, as our pictures, below, indicate.

Parking in Longslade Lane.

Parking in Longslade Lane.

Off Longsalde Lane opposite Woburn Golf Club

Off Longslade Lane, opposite the entrance to Woburn Golf Club

Place/s to Eat

The Swan pub and the Fir Tree are very close to each other on nearby Woburn Sands High Street. Nonnas cafe makes up a trio of eating places that are all very close together.

Address: Nonnas, The Square, Woburn Sands, MK17 8SY.

Tel: 01908 584397

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Nonnas at Woburn Sands

Short Video of Aspley Woods

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Further Information

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The Greensand Trust here.

Aspley Woods map here.

Nonnas Cafe here

PDF with details

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