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Explore Top Lodge Fineshade Wood
(Average user rating: 2 unrated 1.7/5)

Enjoy a family adventure at Top Lodge, 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. 

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.

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 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 Top Lodge cafe sells a range of locally-sourced food and drink. 

What do other visitors say?

1 Star 1 Star

There are no bins on the site. I pay 28 a year for a car park pass, please put a bin on the site!

Mark Law, 21/Jun/2016

We do not have the resources to provide and empty bins and encourage people to take responsibility for any materials they bring onto site, by taking it home with them.

Forestry Commission Response
1 Star 1 Star

I took my Grandchildren to Fineshade Wood today. I downloaded from the Internet a worksheet for the children to complete they needed like to find various insects in order to complete the sheet. What a wonderful idea you might say but NO all we found was dog mess, dog mess and yet more dog mess. I know you have the 'stick and flick' policy but this policy does not work! There is dog mess everywhere. Do you not see it? You cannot beat scraping off dog dirt from Wellington Boots on a Bank Holiday can you? Not happy please put in bins or shame the dog owners somehow!

Mrs Smith and family, 30/May/2016

We're sorry to hear of your experience at Fineshade. 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 not possible. The majority of dog owners respect the site but unfortunately there is a minority who do not. We will continue to emphasise this is a family site and that it is the owner's responsibility to clear up mess so the site can be enjoyed by everyone.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

I have just visited your woods together with my dog and together we did the 3 mile walk. I have to say I was very disappointed that on th walk there were no dog poo bins so virtually had to do the whole walk with the black bag. Also when got back to the car park there were no disposal bins either. We had bought a picnic and found there were no rubbish bins for waste either. I believe that if you have public places and you wish to keep them smart you need to provide wast bins at regular intervals,

Anonymous, 5/May/2016
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Last updated: 17th October 2016

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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).
  • 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

Get directions


Central District Office

0300 067 4340

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Visitor Centre
10am-5pm summer
winter weekend (Nov-Feb)
winter weekday (Nov-Feb)
Fineshade Cycling
9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday to Sunday
Closed -
Monday to Thursday,
Christmas Eve, Christmas day &
Boxing day
Top Lodge Café
10am – 4pm
Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm
Weekends except;
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).
Discovery Pass
£28 for the year

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