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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 9am - 4.30pm
Tuesday
Visitor Centre and Cafe 9am - 4.30pm
Wednesday
Visitor Centre and Cafe 9am - 4.30pm
Thursday
Visitor Centre and Cafe 9am - 4.30pm
Friday
Visitor Centre and Cafe 9am - 4.30pm

Weekends

Saturday
Visitor Centre and Cafe 9am - 5pm
Sunday
Visitor Centre and Cafe 9am - 5pm

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.

*There is a small convenience charge for using this service.  See RingGo online for full terms and conditions and VAT receipts.

 

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 £4.00
All day £6.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Coaches - £10 (must book in advance)

Thank you for paying to park. We use the money you spend on parking to look after the nation’s forests. We don’t make a profit and rely on the support of our visitors and members, so every penny you spend is invested by Forestry England back into the management of our woodlands and is needed to make Fineshade Wood a great place for a day out.

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

  • We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Fineshade Wood without legal restrictions. Please remember to take personal responsibility for your health and hygiene and respect others if they wish to continue with some safety measures, such as wearing a mask or social distancing.
  • Be kind and patient to our staff, volunteers and onsite business partners. They are working hard to help you to get the best out of your visit.

 

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

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Bird hide
Cafe
Cycle hire
Dogs allowed
Information point
Picnic area
Play Area
Toilets
Wildlife hide

Contact details

Enjoy a picturesque walk, an exhilarating bike ride or a delicious treat from Grounds Cafe.

Located north of Corby in the Midlands, Fineshade Wood provides a picturesque setting for your next adventure. Whether you want to have a leisurely wander through the trees, get the kids to let off some steam at one of our exciting play areas, go on a bike ride or try one of range of forest activities with Tinder Sticks (pre-booking required).  Fineshade Wood is bursting with opportunities to explore the great outdoors.

Pet owners will will be keen to check out Posh Petz in the Courtyard.

If you are looking for a safe, off-road and family friendly cycle route then come to Fineshade Woods. The easiest of our routes is five miles which starts and finishes at the top of the main car park, close to the visitor centre.

If you follow the green cycle waymarkers, you will find yourself cycling through a large part of our woodlands. There are some gentle-to-moderate hilly sections which are easy to take at your own pace.

If you are feeling a little more adventurous, have a go at the slightly more challenging 'Blue' graded taster sections that run alongside the route. There are seven sections in all and they are a great way for all the family to improve skills and have some off-roading fun.

To find out about cycle hire, tag-a-longs, electric or adaptive bikes, contact our on-site bike hire specialists.

Have you seen our brand-new Forest Rider pack? Perfect for children aged 7-12 to hone their cycle skills and help them take to the trails this summer - find out more

Discover the small but mighty creatures in the much-loved story and learn about the everyday heroic feats of minibeasts in the forest.

The new self-led trail features brightly illustrated panels and a trail pack full of fun activities, including your very own mask.

Set off with Superworm and become a forest superhero!

Superworm lasso a trail activity pack!

What superhero antics will you pull off in your forest superhero mask?

Inside the Superworm trail pack you’ll find:

Kraft bag to colour in Forest superhero mask 7 creature facts cards Activity sheet to complete at home Stickers Pencil and crayon Trail leaflet

To keep visitors and our staff safe we are asking that people make contactless payments when buying their trail activity packs and wear a face covering during the purchase.

Follow the trail

The trail should keep the young ones entertained for around an hour leaving plenty of time to find more fun and explore the forest. 

It is important that visitors follow social distancing guidelines along the trail and keep 2m apart from other groups where possible.  

Trail activity packs are available to purchase from the Grounds Cafe and Cycle Hire during opening times and cost just £3.50.

Share your experiences and photos with #SuperwormTrail

© 2012 & TM Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Venture deep into the woodland at Fineshade Wood. With an easy access trail and two longer trails to choose from, there is something for everyone.

Set on surfaced forest roads, the 5k running route covers mostly level terrain with the occasional gentle slope. The trail is mostly clear and open but has shaded areas. This route is shared with other users including cyclists and horse riders. Follow the brown waymarkers.

Nearby forests

Wakerley picnic bench

There are numerous informal trails and paths along the forest roads and tracks, some surfaced, some not.

The car park is set amongst majestic larch and includes a large grassed area for games and picnicing.

Family on bike ride on forest path

Play, walk, run or ride your way round Fermyn Woods, a stunning ancient woodland set just south of Corby.

With walking trails, orienteering routes, several play areas and a cafe, you will not be short of things to do. If you keep an eye out you'll spot hidden treasures all over, from red kites to deer.

The Visitor Centre is open most days and is managed by Northamptonshire County Council.

Bourne wood flowers

Ancient woodland, winding paths, pond-side picnics and interesting wildlife await at Bourne Wood, Lincolnshire.

Come and recharge your batteries with a woodland stroll or find your way to the ponds where kingfishers and herons can be seen.

If you're looking for peace and quiet, you can't go wrong with a day trip to Bourne Wood.

Wooden hut in Salcey forest clearing

This magnificent woodland has many miles of ancient wood banks, building remains and ancient trees. The 'druids', or veteran oaks, are rare and amazing wildlife habitats, and some of the old oaks are over 600 years old. See what you can spot on your visit to the medieval royal hunting forest.

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