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Fineshade Wood

Fineshade Wood is an ancient mixed broadleaf and conifer woodland with waymarked walks, cycle trails, horse trail, car park and Caravan Club site. The wood contains rich semi-natural native woodland, as well as areas of conifers which are gradually being restored to site-native broadleaf woodland under the 'Ancient Woodland Project'. The wood was coppiced for many centuries, and the remnant coppice banks can still be seen. The coppice was used in the past for charcoal making, and there is evidence of medieval and Roman iron smelting in the wood.

Top Lodge Visitor centre facility opening hours are 10am till 5pm daily. We try to make the centre as environmentally friendly as possible with solar panels, rainwater harvesting (for the toilets) and a reedbed sewerage system.


Last updated: 17th October 2016

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Cycling Hire
  • Educational
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Trail (easy)
  • Walking
  • Visitor centre
  • Toliets
  • Caravan Site
  • Stamford Caravan Club Site
  • Cycling
  • Cycle hire available on site.
  • Horse riding
  • There is special parking for horseboxes, standard car parking charges apply.
  • Wildlife
  • Red kites can be seen most days throughout the year.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SP 978984
Postcode: NN17 3BB

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0300 067 4340
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England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.