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NEWS RELEASE No: 1461612 MAY 2011

Improvements at Fineshade Wood set to attract families on a budget

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A number of changes have been made at Fineshade Wood this month, in a bid to boost visits from families on a budget.

The Forestry Commission visitor centre, located at Fineshade Wood has recently opened a new cycle hire facility, launched a new family cycle trail, increased opening hours for the visitors centre and the option to park for one hour for £1.

The improvements were made in a bid to attract families on a budget, looking for a fun, local, day out.

Sarah Walker, Visitor and Communities Services Manager at Top Lodge, Fineshade Wood, said:

“In a time of austerity, we still want local residents to enjoy Fineshade Woods and all the facilities we have to offer.

“With the extended Easter break and all the lovely weather we’ve enjoyed, many parents I know have run out of ideas and money for days out with the kids. 

“Our aim is to offer the best possible value for families on a tight budget, which is why we’ve made changes such as staggering car parking charges, opening up new cycling trails and offering cycle hire on site. With the improvements we’ve made, we’re confident visiting families will enjoy a great day out without breaking the bank.” 

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  1. Top Lodge, Fineshade Wood is part of Rockingham Forest. Corby and Stamford are the nearest towns. Fineshade is signposted from the A43, 9 miles northeast of Corby, and 6 miles southwest of Stamford.

  2. Car parking is £1 per hour or £3 per day

  3. The visitors centre is open between 10-5pm.

  4. Fineshade Cycling opened in late April 2011 and offers bikes hire and repairs. For more details visit

  5. Fineshade Family Cycle route is a 5 mile circular trail starting and finishing at the top of the car park. The gentle green graded trail has some gentle to moderate hilly sections and takes visitors through most of the main woodland block and the varied habitats within it. The route also has 6 alternative blue grade taster sections, that run alongside the main route, allowing cyclists to test their skill and progress to more challenging terrain.

  6. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.

Satnam Wahiwala, tel 01733 207 340 or email

Caroline Parsons , tel 01733 207 340 or email