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.
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.
Experience stars in the night sky like never before. 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!
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?
4 StarsH Crick, 18/Feb/2017
You can't beat a walk around the woods followed by a trip to the cafe. Lovely walks, well signposted with a range of distance options. Dog mess can be a small issue but on the whole our trip was mess-free. Unfortunately all the 'flick' signs in the world won't deter the selfishness of a few owners, or those who bag and then leave the bags on the path.
I've always liked walking here but the car park charges are horrific. 1.50 for an hour and then 4.00 for over? Most people will stay for more than an hour. I appreciate that these need to cover the costs of managing the wood, but surely there could be a staggered price system eg 1 hour, 3 hours (1/2 day) and all day? I arrived at 3.15pm and had to pay 4 for a 2 hour visit. 4 is fine for all day but really, anything over an hour?
George Petter, 25/Jan/2017
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.
Amanda Riddell, 14/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.