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.
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.
Enjoy the family cycling route, or challenge yourself with the blue skills loops. Cycle hire, including buggies and trailer bikes, is available on site.
From time to time there are activities and events taking place for people of all ages to enjoy.
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.
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.
Although red kites often soar above, other wildlife can be seen from the wildlife hide, or whilst you're walking.
The Top Lodge cafe sells a range of locally-sourced food and drink.
What do other visitors say?
1 StarMark Law, 21/Jun/2016
There are no bins on the site. I pay 28 a year for a car park pass, please put a bin on the site!
Forestry Commission Response
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.
1 StarMrs Smith and family, 30/May/2016
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!
Forestry Commission Response
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.
3 StarsAnonymous, 5/May/2016
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,