Fineshade Wood
Fineshade Wood
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Enjoy a picturesque walk, an exhilarating bike ride or get inspired in our art exhibition space 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 or go on a bike ride, Fineshade Wood is bursting with opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Top off your trip with an overnight stay at our caravan club!
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  • Joe Bindunn
    Corby, United Kingdom10 contributions
    Stroll & roll
    Visit to fineshade woods on Sunday 4th July 2021. We went for a walk using the gruffalo trail walk. It wasn’t busy due to the weather forecast. Fabulous walks of different abilities. There was quite a lot of dog mess on the paths (some fox poo too but that’s unavoidable) . Went to the cafe to grab something for the journey home, had a bacon & brie panini at @£4.75 It wasn’t the best to be honest(see pics) a sausage roll at £2.40 is your best choice value & quality . I thought the cafe was quite overpriced for what you got. Everything was bread & cakes no individual salads or meals from what I could see. There’s a camping & caravan sight attached to the sight that the proprietor of the cafe could capture the footfall with meals etc from this but nothing on the menu really for them. Overall a nice place for a stroll but some dog walkers need to be advised & the cafe should br a lot better than it is, quite why it’s not I don’t understand.
    Hi Thanks for taking the time to make this review. I've passed your feedback on to the team.
    Written November 4, 2021
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2021
  • charlotte056
    Sandown, United Kingdom431 contributions
    A fun time
    We had two young children with us and we did one of the trails , great fun with various challenges available and great for the imagination. The food and drinks were reasonably priced. Although I don’t have a dog it was good to see many well behaved dogs obviously tired after a long walk welcome in the cafe area. It was crowded but had a great family and friendly atmosphere.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written January 25, 2020
  • Nayan P
    Birmingham, United Kingdom10 contributions
    For Gruffalo fans
    My daughter likes the gruffalo so we made a trip to visit here. We were local to Delesmere in Chesire and also Cannock earloer so we were going to vosot the parka there which had gruffalo but some reviews were vague and bad. Theres not so much info online so heres a brief summary for Gruffalo fans. Land up in the cafe car park, £4 for 2 hours or £6 all day. Go to the cafe and buy either a £3.50 activity pack or £1.50 map. The former is basically a bag with a gruffalo eye mask, gruffalo paper hands, a few stickers and and an small activity book more aimed at above age 4. Download the gruffalo spotters app before you head out. On the other side of the car park theres basically a sign to say orienteering gruffalo starts here. Just walk down the path and every 10 mins youll come across a sign with a specific colour and picture. When you open the app and point the phone to the specific sign, the character will pop up in ar form and you'll be able to take a photo woth the animal. Theres the four signs to see in ar such as the owl, fox, snake and mouse. The final one is the gruffalo in ar too. And then thats it. You go home. The walk takes about 45 minutes. Doable by pushchairs albeit its bumpy as its all just rocky. When we returned to the cafe the staff member asked if we saw the wooden gruffalo. This is something I understand is mappwd out on the £1.50 booklet but no mention on the £3.50 one. There are no signs pointing out where it is but after seeing the snake and walking, youll can eother go straight down a hill which is marked by a black arrow or you can turn right which takes you to the cafe again. Turning right leads you to the ar gruffalo so tou can complete the app. But of you go down the hill, tucked in the corner is a wooden lifesize gruffalo. It could do with a lick of paint but overall it made the visit worthwhile. So overall, go for the ar walk but downlosd the app before, its pointless getting the activity booklet unless you have kids which will want to play wordsearch, dot to dot and play with some few stickers. And dont forget to go and see the actual wooden griffalo. You have to walk up the hill again and them turn left to continue and finish the ar gruffalo. The cafe has a small wooden playground for small kids to get them more tired before you head home. Hope that helps.
    Hi Thanks for taking the time to make this comprehensive and helpful review. We hope to move the Gruffalo at some point soon to a more accessible position. Thanks
    Written November 4, 2021
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written October 16, 2021
  • Walkinggranny
    Greetham, United Kingdom423 contributions
    Not a Covid safe experience in the cafe
    We decided to have a cup of tea in the courtyard of this nice cafe with our dog, while walking in the woods today. In normal times one of us would have sat in the courtyard with the dog while the other went inside and brought out tea and cake. I know these are not normal times but we did not expect them to be less safe than normal! Because there was a one way system operating, we could not enter the courtyard but had to walk round to a door at the back of the building. This meant walking through a big crowd of young children enjoying the play area. Not normally a problem, but I am avoiding my own grandchildren at the moment. I did not need to get so close to about a hundred of other people's! Anyway, after that obstacle we put on masks because we saw that we were then expected to enter the building and join a queue of customers, indoors, close standing and many without masks! I thought masks were obligatory at the moment inside public buildings and hospitality venues. When we realised that there was a queue, and that everyone was standing without any distancing and that it was still operating as a cafeteria, we felt very uncomfortable! I thought cafes etc had to be table service only at the moment, to avoid all that close standing around together. I must have got it wrong because there were a lot of customers happily jostling while they waited to reach the counter. However we did not feel safe so we left, without any tea and cake.
    Visited October 2020
    Written October 26, 2020
  • Karen C
    Peterborough, United Kingdom1,186 contributions
    Good walks
    We called in here looking for somewhere for some lunch and enjoyed our visit. There were seven staff in the cafe which was a surprise but still service was quite slow. Cakes and choice of drinks was great though. Outdoor and indoor seating available. Clean toilets. We really enjoyed our visit.
    Visited March 2020
    Written March 14, 2020
  • fleas900
    Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom20 contributions
    Brisk fresh walk in lovely surroundings
    Loved our walk through the snowy paths today, not too busy either. Finished it off with a hot (tish) drink in the cafe. Cafe staff were wearing their masks on their chins ??? :O( Toilets very clean. Car park prices somewhat pricey.
    Visited February 2021
    Written February 13, 2021
  • JasonGuyC
    Warwick, United Kingdom5 contributions
    GREAT DAY OUT
    Lovely place. Enclosed courtyard and play area. Surrounded by woods with various paths depending on the distance you want to walk. Very Covid conscious. The cafe is lovely, staff are excellent and service prompt. We were very kindly allowed to use their barn adjacent as we had a number of little people that needed controlling. We spent the entire day there, and will definitely be back.
    Visited June 2021
    Written June 28, 2021
  • Martin M
    Corby, United Kingdom14 contributions
    Simply Superb.
    It was amazing to find this little gem. Outstanding in every way possible. Staff and food excellent. I was delighted with the cleanliness, the polite and well presented staff and the fact we could get a gluten free toasted sandwich. Oh, by the way, the toasties were simply the best I have had a few but these were gorgeous and the chap bringing them remembered to keep gluten free separate. It was also very reasonable three toasties and three drinks for under £20. We were so impressed that as soon as we got back we bought a membership and are heading there every weekend to enjoy the walk and have a lovely lunch.
    Visited May 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written May 14, 2022
  • Casey B
    7 contributions
    Doggy day dream walk
    Lovely walk through the woods. Did the short smelters trail (yellow) first then stopped for lunch in the courtyard of the lovely Grounds Café before doing the much longer Old Mill (pink) walk. A lovely day out with a tasty lunch and super dog friendly! The café even had doggy ice cream!
    Visited March 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 24, 2022
  • Laura
    Limassol City, Cyprus3 contributions
    Too much dog poo
    Nice place to go. Gruffalo trail kept the kids walking but I wouldn't go out of your way for it as the one at Cannock chase is far better as it has a huge wooden gruffalo and more things to play on along the way. Was very disappointed with the amount of dog poo on the paths and even saw some hanging in bags in the trees. I'd say dog owners need to be educated but there also needs to be dog poo bins available for them to use!
    Hi Thanks for your feedback. Fineshade Wood does have a Gruffalo and all the creatures from the story. We're trying to secure funding to extend our play facilities. We'll review our dog signage. We do have bins in the centre and ask dog owners to pick up waste and take it to bins. We've found in our experience of managing woodlands, more bins doesn't affect overall litter/dog water and they're expensive to maintain.
    Written January 27, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written May 29, 2022
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Walkinggranny
Greetham, UK423 contributions
Oct 2020
We decided to have a cup of tea in the courtyard of this nice cafe with our dog, while walking in the woods today. In normal times one of us would have sat in the courtyard with the dog while the other went inside and brought out tea and cake.

I know these are not normal times but we did not expect them to be less safe than normal! Because there was a one way system operating, we could not enter the courtyard but had to walk round to a door at the back of the building. This meant walking through a big crowd of young children enjoying the play area. Not normally a problem, but I am avoiding my own grandchildren at the moment. I did not need to get so close to about a hundred of other people's!

Anyway, after that obstacle we put on masks because we saw that we were then expected to enter the building and join a queue of customers, indoors, close standing and many without masks! I thought masks were obligatory at the moment inside public buildings and hospitality venues. When we realised that there was a queue, and that everyone was standing without any distancing and that it was still operating as a cafeteria, we felt very uncomfortable!

I thought cafes etc had to be table service only at the moment, to avoid all that close standing around together. I must have got it wrong because there were a lot of customers happily jostling while they waited to reach the counter. However we did not feel safe so we left, without any tea and cake.
Written October 26, 2020
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Karen C
Peterborough, UK1,186 contributions
Mar 2020
We called in here looking for somewhere for some lunch and enjoyed our visit. There were seven staff in the cafe which was a surprise but still service was quite slow. Cakes and choice of drinks was great though. Outdoor and indoor seating available. Clean toilets. We really enjoyed our visit.
Written March 14, 2020
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fleas900
Cambridgeshire, UK20 contributions
Feb 2021
Loved our walk through the snowy paths today, not too busy either.

Finished it off with a hot (tish) drink in the cafe.

Cafe staff were wearing their masks on their chins ??? :O(

Toilets very clean.

Car park prices somewhat pricey.
Written February 13, 2021
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JasonGuyC
Warwick, UK5 contributions
Jun 2021
Lovely place. Enclosed courtyard and play area. Surrounded by woods with various paths depending on the distance you want to walk.
Very Covid conscious.
The cafe is lovely, staff are excellent and service prompt. We were very kindly allowed to use their barn adjacent as we had a number of little people that needed controlling.
We spent the entire day there, and will definitely be back.
Written June 28, 2021
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Martin M
Corby, UK14 contributions
May 2022 • Family
It was amazing to find this little gem. Outstanding in every way possible. Staff and food excellent. I was delighted with the cleanliness, the polite and well presented staff and the fact we could get a gluten free toasted sandwich. Oh, by the way, the toasties were simply the best I have had a few but these were gorgeous and the chap bringing them remembered to keep gluten free separate. It was also very reasonable three toasties and three drinks for under £20. We were so impressed that as soon as we got back we bought a membership and are heading there every weekend to enjoy the walk and have a lovely lunch.
Written May 14, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Casey B
7 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Lovely walk through the woods. Did the short smelters trail (yellow) first then stopped for lunch in the courtyard of the lovely Grounds Café before doing the much longer Old Mill (pink) walk. A lovely day out with a tasty lunch and super dog friendly! The café even had doggy ice cream!
Written March 24, 2022
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Laura
Limassol City, Cyprus3 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Nice place to go. Gruffalo trail kept the kids walking but I wouldn't go out of your way for it as the one at Cannock chase is far better as it has a huge wooden gruffalo and more things to play on along the way.
Was very disappointed with the amount of dog poo on the paths and even saw some hanging in bags in the trees. I'd say dog owners need to be educated but there also needs to be dog poo bins available for them to use!
Written May 29, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi Thanks for your feedback. Fineshade Wood does have a Gruffalo and all the creatures from the story. We're trying to secure funding to extend our play facilities. We'll review our dog signage. We do have bins in the centre and ask dog owners to pick up waste and take it to bins. We've found in our experience of managing woodlands, more bins doesn't affect overall litter/dog water and they're expensive to maintain.
Written January 27, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jen
Leicestershire, UK425 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
Great for kids, car park reasonably priced and can pay via app. Cafe nice. Couldn't find gruffalo sculpture must have removed it. Defo visiting again.
Written January 8, 2021
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Martin C
Boston, UK181 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Well marked trails in this park. Parking a tad expensive but it is the only mandatory charge. Very good cafe. On a very wet and stormy day we were glad of undercover picnic spot. A good spot to take young children with Zog trail. Well signposted and good parking spaces
Written August 27, 2023
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jackdaw7
Rutland UK67 contributions
Jan 2022
Area of forest with tracks and paths. Good parking (though you pay) and a friendly cafe where you can eat indoor or out. Good for runners, walkers, cyclists, families with young children and those interested in wildlife.
Written January 28, 2022
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