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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

6 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

A 6 mile trail running around the edges of Fineshade, revealing a varied landscape and going through different wildlife habitats. It has a range of gradients and surfaces, and some parts may be muddy during wet periods.

What do other visitors say?

Hi there were thinking of coming over to your woods at the weekend to do the 6mile mill walk. We are going to Nordic Walk it so could you tell me how muddy is it at moment as my wife not keen on very muddy walks and we are coming from Northampton. Thankyou hope to see you weekend.

paul, 20/Apr/2015

Currently - as of 24th April - the trails are generally all dry as we've had no rain for quite a while. There may be the odd muddy patch, but certainly most places are dry.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

We have done this walk many times and love it, sometimes we mix it up with local footpath's to extend it.Our only gripe is there is nowhere to sit and have lunch on the far side of the wood where the gas pipeline runs.Plenty available nearer to the visitor centre, but nothing for more serious walkers

Paul & Judy Watkinson, 7/Dec/2014

Thank you for your comments. We have no immediate plans to install any new benches - anywhere - but if we do in future we shall certainly bear your suggestion in mind.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

I certainly wouldn't rate it as 'demanding'..we completed it in under an hour and a quarter.....not suitable for pushchairs tho.....

Sam & Stuart, 6/Jul/2014

It all depends upon your level of fitness. It has several hills and part of it is on unsurfaced paths which can be muddy for a large part of the year.

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Gradient (easy)
  • Walking
  • Trail (moderate)
  • Toliets
  • Baby Changing
  • Baby changing is available in both the ladies' and gents' toilets.
  • Buses
  • A bus and coach parking area is to the left of the main visitor centre, parking charges apply.
  • 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 Parking charges apply.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 1 hour 1.50
    All day 4.00
    After 5pm 1.50
    Coaches 10
  • 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, when it closes at 4pm.
  • Wildlife
  • We have an all access wildlife hide on site. Red kites can be seen most days throughout the year.
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OS Grid ref: SP978984
Postcode: NN17 3BB

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