Rectory Wood, Cranfield

We started planting at Rectory Wood in 2003 in phases, and completed it ten years later in early 2013. It’s 70 hectares (or 173 acres) running alongside Cranfield, and is one of our biggest sites in the Forest.

Did you know – This was the first site that the Forest of Marston Vale ever bought. The ponds were part of a sustainable drainage solution for surface water from the nearby development up the hill. 

There are picnic tables, benches and information boards across the site, with mown and surfaced paths that are level enough for buggies and wheelchairs. There is also a geocaching trail on this site.

View across the pond at Rectory Wood

How to get there:

There is no parking available at this woodland - so please do not drive there!
Access from: Holywell Road, Rectory Lane, Beancroft Road


John Bunyan Trail (45 miles) - For more info, visit Bunyan's Bedford


Nearby routes: Route 51 (length varies) from Oxford to Milton Keynes, Sandy and Cambridge.

Horse ride

Circular ride from the Forest Centre (10 miles)
Horse riding is permitted throughout Rectory Wood


Our handy map below shows all of the entrances to the site:

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 Rectory Wood 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.