Yelnow Wood

Yelnow New Wood

It is easy to get to Yelnow New Wood using public rights of way. Within the wood itself you can roam about - but please mind the trees! For horse riders there will also be a bridleway beside the wood, which will provide a link between existing routes.

How To Get There by Passenger Transport

BY BUS – Harrold is on bus routes between Bedford and Rushden. Telephone Bedfordshire Bus Information Line : 01234 228337, 8.30am – 5pm open 5 days a week or Travel Line 0870 6082608.
BY TRAIN – Bedford station, on the Bedford to London Thameslink line, is approximately 7 miles from Harrold. For timetable information, please telephone National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950.
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How to Get There by Car

About 10 miles north-west of Bedford, Harrold can be reached by following the A6 north and turning left at Milton Ernest and passing through Felmersham and Carlton. The nearest car parks are at the Harrold-Odell Country Park and in Sharnbrook village, which are both about a mile and a half from the wood.

Access and General Information

Access Information
Surface Types: You will walk on ground that is hard and firm with stones no larger than 10mm and grass or uncultivated earth with ruts and mud.
Linear Gradient: The steepest part of Yelnow New Wood is 1:6 plus, other areas are between 1:6 and 1:9 or 1:18 or less.
Cross Falls: There is a cross fall of 1:16 - 1:20.
Width Restriction: None recorded
Steps: None recorded.
Barriers: There are two one-way opening gates; their minimum width is 750mm.
Refreshments: There is a Tea room at Harrold-Odell Country Park and the Bell public House in Odell.
Public Toilets are located at Harrold-Odell Country Park.
Picnic Tables are loacted at Harrold-Odell Country Park.
Seats are located at Harrold-Odell Country Park.

The Wildlife Value of Ancient Woodland

The fragments of ancient semi-natural woodland in this area are of particular importance for nature because they have been havens for native trees and plants since at least the seventeenth century. Over hundreds of years a vast range of different plants and wildlife form a community which cannot be reproduced in new woods, However, Yelnow New Wood will provide a "bridge" for animals and plants in the network of ancient woodland of North Bedfordshire.

The Country Code

Enjoy the countryside and respect its life and work

  • Keep to public paths across farmland
  • Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone
  • Take special care on country roads
  • Horse riders keep to bridleways
  • Keep your dogs under close control
  • Use gates & stiles to cross fences, hedges & walls
  • Take your litter home
  • Protect wildlife, plants and trees
  • Fasten all gates
  • Make no unnecessary noise
  • Guard against all risk of fire
  • Help to keep all water clean