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Explore Willingham Woods
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

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?

Hi, I just wondered if you have deer in the woods that may shed their antlers and if so, what happens to these antlers when they are found. I have a young lab who is a bit chewer and destroys any chews or toys I buy for him (and often eats them as well!). Someone suggested Antlers and I have bought one which seems to actually do the job so just wondered if and what you did with any you had.

Mandy, 19/Dec/2016

Hi Mandy. There are deer in the woods but no Fallow here. I have found one shed antler in 12 years working for the FC and that's one more than the Forester for the wood who has never found any in a much longer time! I believe they are eaten by small animals like squirrels for the calcium.

Forestry Commission Response

Can you tell me why again the FC are felling very large mature trees, I hope not for Health and Safety reasons again which were a poor excuse and not fully explored reason last time. I understand primarily the FC are seeking profit but where are the impact surveys on the established habitat and wildlife when these trees are planned to be felled? Significant amounts of this chopped wood filters into the local market for sale! Do the FC not have to account for this?

Anonymous, 24/Nov/2016

The Forestry Commission manages woodlands for people, wildlife and timber. Willingham Wood is no exception. Every operation is well planned and managed to meet this statement. You can find out more from the Forest Plan pages Willingham Wood's plan was approved in 2010 and will therefore be up for renewal/consultation in 2020. Any further questions please email and we will be happy to answer them.

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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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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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