The nation’s forests, car parks and essential facilities are open to you for local outdoor recreation and exercise - read our coronavirus guidance.
Our car park is now open. However there are only limited toilet facilities available. Click on Facilities & access for details
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Open every day except Christmas Day.  

Weekdays

Monday
Visitor Centre and Cafe 9.30am - 4pm
Tuesday
Visitor Centre and Cafe 9.30am - 4pm
Wednesday
Visitor Centre and Cafe 9.30am - 4pm
Thursday
Visitor Centre and Cafe 9.30am - 4pm
Friday
Visitor Centre and Cafe 9.30am - 4pm

Weekends

Saturday
Visitor Centre and Cafe 9am - 4.30pm
Sunday
Visitor Centre and Cafe 9am - 4.30pm

How to find us

How to find us
Top Lodge, Fineshade, Near Corby, Northamptonshire
Sat Nav Postcode: NN17 3BB
By Car

Fineshade Wood is located just off the A43 halfway between Stamford and Corby. There are brown tourist signs leading up to the site from both directions.

OS Grid Ref
SP980983

52.5736775, -0.5563541

Parking and prices

The machines in our main car park accept cards and cash.

Please be aware the machines in our outer car parks are cash only and we are unable to provide change.

You can now use RingGo at Fineshade Wood which allows you to pay for parking online or via an app. Please download the Ringo App before travelling if you can.

Pay for parking on your phone in 5 easy steps:

1. Open the RingGo app, or download for free if you haven’t already got it, using the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).
2. Log in with your RingGo details, or register as a new user.
3. Select your location by entering the 3–6 digit number shown on the parking signs.
4. Enter your number plate and choose how long you’d like to park for. Remember, you can extend this later.
5. Choose to add any handy parking reminders you need, then just tap to pay.

And you’re good to go! Your details are saved so next time, you can park even faster.

If you’re not a smartphone user, you can still use RingGo to pay for your parking by calling 0203 046 0063. You can also register and book parking with RingGo online.

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Charges for cars, horseboxes, minibuses and motorbikes
Up to 1 hour £2.00
Up to 2 hours £3.50
Up to 3 hours £4.50
All day £5.50

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Coaches - £10 (must book in advance)

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 9

Facilities and access

Visiting Fineshade Wood 

This forest will remain open for outdoor recreation and exercise.If you would like to visit, make sure you plan ahead and follow the latest Government guidance for travel, outdoor spaces and meeting people from outside your household. You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.  

We are sure many people will be keen to use their local forest, if you are planning to visit us, please be aware that we may have to close the forest if it gets too busy. We know this is frustrating but please be aware you may need to make the necessary decision to turn around if the car park looks busy and come another time.  Please don't park on the roadside and verges outside the car park as this endangers other road users. 

Currently we have limited services available, please keep checking this page for updates. Please support us as we are doing our best for you: be kind to our staff and your fellow visitors.  

ToiletsFamily toilets in Courtyard, accessible Portaloo in car park
Play area (s)Open
CafeTakeaway only
Bike shopOpen 
Bike hire

Open 

Walking trailsOpen
Cycling trailsOpen
Car parkOpen
Information pointClosed

The children’s play area is open. Help to keep everyone safe by following these rules:

  • Take personal responsibility for yourself and those in your care.
  • Everybody - maintain a 2m distance, whether using equipment or waiting.
  • Be kind and patient - if the equipment is busy please wait or come back later.
  • Sanitise your hands before and after touching equipment and everybody wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you can.
  • Do not eat or drink while using equipment, and please take your litter away with you.

Visit England We're Good to Go green tick

When you visit the nation’s forests, remember it is your responsibility to follow the guidance on staying safe outside your home. We are cleaning our car parking machines throughout the day but for your own safety please bring hand sanitiser with you to use after touching the machines.  Make sure you read the guidance on visiting our forests before you come.

If you are uncomfortable with the idea of touching the car park payment machines, you may want to consider becoming a member. As well as supporting the forest you will receive a 12 month car park pass. Find out more.

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Contact details

Activities at Fineshade Wood

Fineshade Wood Play Area
Children's play areas at Fineshade Wood
In Steps of Sundew
The Arches at Fineshade Wood
Family Walking at Fineshade Wood
Walking trails at Fineshade Wood
Tackeroo camping
Caravan and motorhome club at Fineshade Wood
Family Cycling at Fineshade Wood
Family cycle trail at Fineshade Wood
Gruffalo orienteering activity pack on the grass
Gruffalo Orienteering at Fineshade Wood
Giant Gruffalo Sculpture in the Forest
Gruffalo Sculpture at Fineshade Wood
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Horse riding at Fineshade Wood
Forest Activity Bag Sherwood Pines
My Forest Activity Bag at Fineshade Wood
Group at picnic table
Picnics at Fineshade Wood
Birds feeding at wildlife hide at fineshade wood
Wildlife hide at Fineshade Wood
School children learning in the open forest
Youth Shelters at Fineshade Wood
Membership invitation - click to find out more about membership
Volunteer with us invitation - click to discover volunteer opportunities across England