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Explore Top Lodge Fineshade Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

Colour rating today: going yellow going yellow

Feel good this autumn with activity sheets, forest trails and our mindfulness guide.

Enjoy a family adventure at Fineshade Wood. Be challenged by our exciting play areas and cycling, or explore the wildlife and history on foot, before unwinding in the cafe or browsing in the shops.

Find out about me, my owner and my favourite place for a walk in Fineshade Wood, as well as great dog friendly places to eat and sleep near by. 

Gruffalo SpottersGruffalo Spotters at Fineshade

Make sure you don’t miss out on this great trail, which leaves the site on the 28th November. Follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit.

Gruffalo Orienteering

The Gruffalo Orienteering Course has arrived at Fineshade wood! Maps will be available from the Welcome desk and Fineshade cycling for £1.50.

Trails for Everyone

Whether you're looking for an easy-going trail for all abilities, to explore the local history, or for a bit of peace and quiet to observe the wildlife, we've got a trail for you.

Family Cycling

Enjoy the family cycling route, or challenge yourself with the blue skills loops. Cycle hire, including buggies and trailer bikes, is available on site, subject to opening times.

Events and activities

From time to time there are activities and events taking place for people of all ages to enjoy.  

Somewhere to stay

Groups with public liability insurance can book our youth shelters, which are tucked away in the wood.

There is also a Caravan and Motorhome Club site at Fineshade that is open to members and non-members alike.

Horse Riding trail

We welcome visitors to our horsebox car park, which is the starting point for the riding trail in Fineshade. The route also links with local bridleways, so that you can explore the wider countryside.

Wildlife watching

Although red kites often soar above, other wildlife can be seen from the wildlife hide, or whilst you're walking.

Food and drink

The Grounds cafe sells a range of locally-sourced food and drink. 

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

I have visited several times and as always I found it a very relaxing place to be.

Chris Bradford , 4/Sep/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

Disappointed that there was no feed in the bird feeders at the hide.

David , 4/Sep/2017

Thank-you for your comment. Usually we have a volunteer who fills the bird feeders at Fineshade, however; recently this has not been possible. Although we try to fill them up as often as possible, we do not advertise the bird feeders being full as part of our offer in the wildlife hide. We do hope that you are able to enjoy the hide in any case.

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3 Stars 3 Stars

Came twice, once to ride which was great, nice trail, well maintained. Good ice-cream, so we returned for a second visit to walk the dogs.Couldn't find a bin for dog poo. I was shocked, when I asked, to find there was no dog poo bins at all and owners were expected to take it home. It is no surprise people leave dog mess about. I'm sure it wouldn't cost that much to have one or two dog poo bins. This is a real let down on the whole experience.

Anonymous, 17/Aug/2017

Thank-you for your comment. We currently do not provide dog bins as they attract vermin and we do not have the resources to maintain them. We do ask all dog owners to act responsibly and clear up mess, either with a bag or with "stick and flick" if this is outside of the main visitor area.

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Last updated: 22nd November 2017

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • Baby Changing
  • Baby changing is available in both the ladies and gents.
  • Buses
  • A bus and coach parking area is to the left of the main visitor centre, standard car parking charges apply.
  • Cafe
  • Freshly prepared with a variety of local produce.
  • Camping
  • Available for groups at the Danish Shelters
  • Caravan Site
  • Caravan Club Site
  • Dogs
  • Most picnic tables around the visitor centre have dog water bowls and karabiners to attach dogs to. Only registered assistance dogs are allowed within the cafe. Other dogs can go into the Little Barn seating area, when it is available.
  • Dogs on lead
  • We request that dogs are kept on a lead around the car park, play areas and visitor centre grounds.
  • Easy Access
  • We have an easy access trail and wildlife hide, as well as toilet and picnic provision and a sensory garden.
  • Educational
  • We have an easy access trail and wildlife hide, as well as toilet and picnic provision and a sensory garden.
  • Horse riding
  • There is special parking for horseboxes, standard car parking charges apply.
  • Parking (easy access)
  • There are 5 easy access parking bays 60m from the main visitor centre entrance. Blue badges and parking tickets must be displayed.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 1 hour £1.50
    All day £4.00
    After 5pm £1.50
    Coaches £10
    Parking can be paid for using the pay and display machines (which are cash only and do not give change) or by phone using PaySmarti.
  • Picnic
  • There is a seating area in the courtyard of the visitor centre and a picnic area next to each of the play areas. Other picnic tables and benches can be found on the walks.
  • Play area
  • There are two play areas at Fineshade, one for young children next to the visitor centre and an exciting tree house play area in the woodland for older children.
  • Visitor centre
  • Open 10am till 5pm, throughout the year, except weekdays from November till February, where it closes at 4pm.
  • Wildlife
  • We have an all access wildlife hide on site. Red kites can be seen most days throughout the year.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SP980983
Postcode: NN17 3BB

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Central District Office

0300 067 4340

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Visitor Centre
9:30am – 5pm
Monday – Friday
9am – 5:30pm
Fineshade Cycling
Open Saturday - Sunday
9:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Monday - Friday
Grounds Café Fineshade
9:30am – 5pm
Monday – Friday
9am – 5:30pm
Closed: Christmas Day
1 hour £1.50
All day £4.00
After 5pm £1.50
Coaches £10
Parking can be paid for using the pay and display machines (which are cash only and do not give change) or by phone using PaySmarti.
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£30 for the year

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