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Explore Top Lodge Fineshade Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.1/5)

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.

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Trails for Everyone

Whether you're looking for an easy going trail for all abilities, discover the local history, or 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 are available on site.

Events and activities

There are a host of activities and events throughout the year for people of all ages to enjoy. Why not try our new permanent orienteering course

Somewhere to stay

Fineshade Wood has a Caravan Club site right next to the visitor centre, or for local groups try booking our youth shelters tucked in the wood.

Great horse trail

We welcome visitors to our horsebox car park, which is the starting point for the horse trail in Fineshade, the route also links on to 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 bird hide, or whilst you're walking.

Food and drink

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

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

When you've done all the circular trails you can walk from Top Lodge to the beautiful village of Bulwick via Public Footpath - visiting the church or pub.See Walking With Kites - www.k9caravanclub.com

Mike Jordan, 10/Mar/2014

Thank you for this great suggestion!

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Had a lovely play on the adventure playground and a great walk along the purple trail. Saw a pale tussock moth caterpillar which was the coolest, punky looking little thing, massive brown grasshoppers and loads of red coloured dragon flies. Tree top playground needed better signage though and needs to go on the maps.

Young family, 6/Oct/2013
4 Stars 4 Stars

My wife and myself love walking around the walks at Fineshade. It is well laid out and is a very special place. Could you put some signs up asking the bike riders to use their bells or horns to warn the walkers they are coming.

Roy, 30/Sep/2013
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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle wash
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Dogs on lead
  • We request that dogs are kept on a lead around the car park 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.
  • Horse riding
  • There is special parking for horseboxes, standard car parking charges apply.
  • Orienteering
  • There are two permanent courses available in Fineshade.
  • Parking (easy access)
  • There are 5 easy access parking area 60m from the main visitor centre entrance. Blue badges and parking tickets must be displayed.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 1 hour 1.00
    All day 3.00
    After 5pm 1.00
  • 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.
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Location

OS Grid ref: SP980983
Postcode: NN17 3BB

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Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Visitor Centre
10am-5pm summer
10am-5pm
winter weekend (Nov-Feb)
10am-4pm
winter weekday (Nov-Feb)
Parking
1 hour 1.00
All day 3.00
After 5pm 1.00
Discovery Pass
28 for the year

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