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Explore Top Lodge Fineshade Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Latest News (11/02/2017 11:21)

We currently have closures in place that affect multiple trails. It is essential that this section of trail is not used whilst this closure is in place, as any use will damage the surface and shorten it's lifespan. During this time, the horse trail will be closed. For all other trails, please follow all diversions on site.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

 

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. 

Gruffalo SpottersGruffalo Spotters at Fineshade

From 24th Feb, follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details for Fineshade

StargazingStargazing in the forest

Experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting Fineshade Woods this winter. Download your beginner's guide to stargazing, then visit our family-friendly "Why stars matter" trail (which follows our Smelters walk trail) to bring the night sky to life and become a forest-star!

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?

Great Woods. On the Yellow trail near the large group of Hazel trees. Lots of trip hazards of rusty chicken wire. Only a couple of yards from main path. Danger to animals and children. More info then contact me.

George Petter, 25/Jan/2017

Do you have a pair of Swarowski CL pocket binoculars for sale in your shop? I live in Harborough and would like to see some before buying.

Many thanks

Amanda Riddell, 14/Jan/2017

hello I would like to know if I camp there are you aloud to have a campfire for a better experience?

jonny, 6/Jan/2017
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Please email us at sherwood.fdo@forestry.gsi.gov.uk if you have an enquiry, a complaint or would like a personal reply to your comments.

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Last updated: 15th February 2017

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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) or by phone using PaySmarti.
  • 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

Location

OS Grid ref: SP980983
Postcode: NN17 3BB

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Contact

Central District Office

0300 067 4340
sherwood.fdo@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Visitor Centre
10am – 4pm
Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm
Weekends
Fineshade Cycling
9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday to Sunday
Closed: Monday to Thursday,
Christmas Eve, Christmas day &
Boxing Day
Grounds Café Fineshade
10am – 4pm
Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm
Weekends
Closed: Christmas Day
Parking
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) or by phone using PaySmarti.
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