Conquest Wood - Place to Unwind

Conquest Wood

Formerly a farmed field, Conquest Wood is an 8 hectare area of new community woodland, planted over the winter of 2004/5 by the Forest of Marston Vale with the help of local people, including all the pupils from Houghton Conquest Lower School. It’s here for everyone to enjoy. Over 13,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted here, such as oak, ash, field maple and hazel - grown from seed collected by local children & volunteers, from ancient woodlands in the area including nearby Kings Wood. The name Conquest Wood was suggested by local people when we asked for their views on how we should design the woodland.

How To Get There By Public Transport

BY BUS: Telephone Bedfordshire Bus Information Line : 01234 228337, 8.30am – 5pm open 5 days a week or Travel Line 0870 6082608.
BY TRAIN: For timetable information, please telephone National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950.
Click here for the National Rail Enquiries website

How To Get There By Car

Houghton Conquest can be reached by road from the A6 (Bedford -Luton) or from the B530 (Bedford - Ampthill) road.
Parking is available in the Village Hall car park but may be limited if other functions or events are taking place there. Otherwise, on-street parking is available. Please park thoughtfully.

Access and General Information

Surface Types: You will walk across surface types ranging from hard and firm with some loose stones, none greater than 10mm, to grass or uncultivated earth paths with mud and ruts.
Linear Gradient: There is a gradient of between 1:14-1:17 at the entrance.
Cross Falls: None recorded.
Width Restriction: There are no restrictions less than 1000mm.
Steps: None recorded.
Barriers: None recorded.
Refreshments: There are two pubs and a post office in Houghton Conquest.
Public Toilets: In the Village Hall when it is open.
Picnic Tables: There are two picnic tables at the site.
Seats: There are 8 seats at the site.

Start/Finish Point

The site can be accessed from London Lane (on the way out of the village towards Haynes West End).


The land is owned by the Marston Vale Trust, the independent charity delivering the Forest of Marston Vale. Our challenge is to use trees and woodlands to repair a landscape scarred by decades of clay extraction, brickmaking and landfill. We are working with local communities, government and businesses, to create new woods and other wild places for everyone to enjoy. For further information call the Forest Centre on 01234 767037.

This new woodland, for everyone to enjoy, is being created with the help of: the Forestry Commission, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Houghton Conquest Parish Council and Lafarge Aggregates.