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Mill Wood Trail

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

6 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

This trail is just under 6 miles long and runs around the edges of Fineshade. It reveals a varied landscape, and passes through different wildlife habitats.

Walking the Mill Wood trail is a treat for the senses at any time of year. There are some gentle hills and also a few steep sections, to get the legs working and blood moving: a great way to improve or maintain fitness. There are plenty of long, level sections too.

Some parts are more enclosed, giving a cosy feel and you can really see the trees and plants in detail. They may be muddy in wet weather, but this is where you may catch sight of shy deer, or see the tracks they leave behind.

Later you will come across wider paths cutting through the woodland, where you can see the open skies overhead, and catch glimpses of red kite and buzzard as they ride the thermals. You can breathe in the air and see for long distances and across neighbouring land, and get a real sense of the surrounding countryside.

DragonflyIn summer dragonflies love hunting the ride edges, and the sunnier and more sheltered grassy areas are great for butterfly spotting.

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Gradient (easy)
  • Walking
  • Trail (moderate)
  • Toliets
  • Baby Changing
  • Baby changing is available in both the ladies' and gents' toilets.
  • Buses
  • A bus and coach parking area is to the left of the main visitor centre, parking charges apply.
  • 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 Parking charges apply.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 1 hour 1.50
    All day 4.00
    After 5pm 1.50
    Coaches 10
  • 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, when 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: SP978984
Postcode: NN17 3BB

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0300 067 4340
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