Rockingham Forest Kettering and Peterborough
The visitor centre is open daily from 10am to 5pm every day in summer. In winter it closes at the earlier time of 4pm during the week.
Rockingham Forest comprises several woods - Fineshade Wood the most familiar to me. The woods are famous for the Red Kites released there back in 1995 - you'll spot their red bellies soaring in the skies, the birds particularly enjoy buffeting winds so wrap up and look above the trees.
The woods are slowly being restored to their former ancient broad-leaved glory by our Forestry Commission - hazel and oaks abound - the conifers are on their way out.
The visitor centre, Top Lodge, offers the opportunity to check out your local environment and see local wildlife up close. The Lodge has lots of info of where to go and the staff very helpful.
There are two play areas and loads of space for informal play. The Oak Leaf play area is next to the visitor centre and is perfect for younger children. The Treehouse play area, found within the wood, is more appropriate for older children though try keeping Aggie or Ned aged 4 and 3 off it.
Fineshade Family Cycle route is a one hour 5 mile circular trail starting and finishing at the top of the car park. It's gentle to moderate hilly sections takes you through most of the main woodland block with 7 alternative blue grade taster sections if you want to test yourself.
And when you have finished the ride, the stroll, the bird-spotting or ruin exploration, pop into the café and grab a cup of tea and cakes - perfect end to a fun-filled and inexpensive family day out!
There are organised activities and events throughout the year for all ages to enjoy, including Craft Fayres, Bug Quests, Den-building for families, Wild-flower Walks and Basket Making. Check out the website or the onsite information in the atrium.
Toilets, car park, play areas, visitor centre, bird-spotting, picnic area and cafe
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