Fineshade Wood

Fineshade Wood is a scenic Forestry Commission woodland in Northamptonshire.

With a 5-mile (8 km), family cycling trail with more difficult loops for intermediate skilled riders, Fineshade Wood is picturesque and a delightful way to spend the day in a beautiful forest environment.

The trails are well-cared for and there is something for cyclists of all abilities.


Fineshade Wood is located in Northamptonshire.

Top Lodge, Fineshade, Corby, Northamptonshire NN17 3BB.

Let’s Pedal

The Green Family route is for cyclists of all ages and abilities. The Blue Adventure loops add some technical aspects for moderate  riders with basic mountain-biking skills.

The circular cycle route starts and finishes at the top of the car park. The route is not flat and has some gentle to moderate hilly sections.

Look out for the seven skills loops along the route which give you
a chance to test your skills on trail features (blue trail).

Part of the route is shared with walkers and horse riders.

Follow the green cycle signs around the trail.

Route Distance

RouteColourDifficultyDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Adventure (extra loops added to Family trail)BlueModerateUnknownUnknown


Café – open every day, serving a range of snacks and lunches.

Take a picnic and use the picnic tables or venture further into the forest to enjoy a quieter spot.


  • Toilets
  • Visitors Centre
  • Cycle Hire
  • 3 walking trails, 1 horse trail, and a family cycle route with blue taster loops
  • Wildlife hide

How to get here

By Car

Fineshade Wood (NN17 3BB) is located off the A43 between Stamford and Corby. Follow the brown tourist signs leading to the site from both directions.

Car Parking

Large car park with excellent access to the visitor centre. Additional larger surrounding car parks available at busy times.

Carsup to 1 hour£1.50
all day£4.00
after 5.00 pm £1.50

At peak times (weekends, bank holidays and school holidays), car parks fill up quickly. Please take this into consideration when planning your visit.

Annual parking permits are also available that entitles you to park at Fineshade Wood.

Discover Pass

– Valid for 1 year from date of purchase
– Free parking
– Includes discounts for shops and activities on and off site


By Cycle

The nearest point on National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 63, from Ailsworth or Stamford, to Fineshade Wood is approximately 11 miles (17 km) away from your destination.  Then follow the A47 west and join the A43 south near Collyweston.

By Train

Corby or Stamford.


  • Distance (miles): 5
  • Distance (km): 8
  • Start: Fineshade Wood
  • Finish: Fineshade Wood
  • Type: Forest Trail
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel, earth
  • Sat Nav: NN17 3BB


  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

Grounds Fineshade Cycle Hire

Top Lodge
Fineshade Woods
NN17 3BB

Opening Times

Winter Opening Times 9:30am-4:00pm November-February.

Summer Opening Times 9:30am-5:00pm (5.30pm on weekends) March-October.

Closed Christmas Day only.


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