Gateway Woods, between Kempston and Wootton

We started planting the Gateway Woods in 2001 and completed them in early 2016. They're made up of 6 community woodlands stretching 2.5km between Kempston and Wootton: Button’s Ramsey, The Kill, Ridgeway Wood, Wiles Wood, Green End and Van Diemen’s Land.

These woods are a great place for spotting birds of prey, including kestrels, red kites, buzzards and barn owls.

There are picnic tables, benches and information boards across the sites, with mown and surfaced paths that are level enough for buggies and wheelchairs.

Pathway through trees and grassland at Button

How to get there:

There is no parking available at these woodlands - so please do not drive there!
Access from: Wootton Road, Wood End Lane, Potters’ Cross


Circular Walk from the Forest Centre (10 miles)
Circular Walk around Kempston Rural and Wood End (4 miles)
Circular Walk through Wootton (4 miles)


Nearby routes: Beds Cycle Route 3 (27 miles) from Bedford, through many local villages, and ending at Kempston.
Route 51 (length varies) from Oxford to Milton Keynes, Sandy and Cambridge.
Greenwood Cycle Trail (23 miles) a circular route from Marston Moretaine, through many local villages.

Horse ride

Horse riding is permitted throughout Gateway Woods


Our handy map below shows all of the entrances to Gateway Woods:

For more information, or to report an issue at any of these sites please call 01234 767037 or email us.

Run by a charity

If your friends and family use Gateway Woods then please let them know that it is run by the Forest of Marston Vale (Registered Charity No.1069229) and not the council!

Looking after woodlands is costly - there are benches to be maintained, bins to be emptied, grass paths to be mown and we need your support. Whether you are fundraising for us or even helping us physically look after our sites by volunteering, it all helps us to keep the Forest a growing and thriving place to live, work and play.