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Explore Willingham Woods
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

Willingham Woods is part of a large complex of pinewoods that are located east of Market Rasen. This central section provides a range of recreational opportunities as well as an important source of timber.

There is a large car park and picnic site with a café and toilets in the adjacent layby owned and run by Lincolnshire County Council.

The wood is busy all year round but is especially during the summer months when holidaymakers use it as a break point when heading to and from the coast.

If you wish to organise an event in this wood then please check out this web page for how to do it.

Red Trail
  • Easy
The Red Trail goes past Willingham ponds once part of Willingham Hall and through pleasant mixed woodlands.

What do other visitors say?

Is it acceptable to horse ride at Willingham Woods Market Rasen Please


Janet Ralphson, 3/Oct/2016

Yes it is BUT only if you have a horse riding permit 40 for 1yr available from the Market Rasen Office, Willingham Road, Market Rasen, Lincs, LN8 3RQ Tel: 0300 0674882

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3 Stars 3 Stars

This was a lovely site where we always had a picnic. However now some of the picnic tables have disappeared over on the far side and there are not enough litter bins - hence rubbish piled up. Disappointing!

Anonymous, 15/Aug/2016

The picnic tables were removed as they had been vandalised and had become dangerous. We hope to replace them in the future. We don't have the capacity to empty litter bins in the picnic area. Litter bins are provided in the layby by Lincolnshire County Council who empty them. We have an agreement with the kiosk in the layby to clear litter from the picnic area once a week. We are sorry you were disappointed and hope that future visits are more enjoyable.

Forestry Commission Response

Hi, can you tell me the best route through the woods to take to get to the Ordnance Survey Trig Point on Hamilton Hill.

Julie, 28/Jun/2016

Park at Tealby Gate Grid Ref TF1287 9022 and follow the grass track ( NOT the stoned road) heading SW from the Barrier at the point where you arrive at the PROW follow the track heading NW up the hill.

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Last updated: 14th April 2016

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What's Here?

  • Walking
  • Cafe
  • Owned and run by Lincolnshire County Council in the adjacent layby.
  • Cycling
  • Feel free to use the forest roads.
  • Dogs
  • Dogs are welcome but please be a responsible dog owner.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding by permit only. Please contact 01522 660133.
  • Parking
  • Car park is available off the A631. The adjoining layby is owned and run by Lincolnshire County Council.
  • Picnic
  • Adjacent to the car park. There is another table situated by the ponds.
  • Toliets
  • Owned and run by Lincolnshire County Council in the adjacent layby.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TF139 883
Postcode: LN8 3RQ

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Opening & Parking

Car park is available off the A631. The adjoining layby is owned and run by Lincolnshire County Council.

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