Fineshade blogs

On this page, we will publish articles about anything at all to do with Fineshade.


  • Have you enjoyed a special experience here?

  • Can you tell us about the Fineshade of yester-year?

  • What about the old railway line?

  • Can you write about some of the special wildlife?

  • Do you have an answer to problems about the road access?

  • What’s it really like to live or work here?

  • Could you contribute a regular diary about your visits?


We invite contributions and comments from anyone and everyone.  

September 27, 2016

Most visitors to Fineshade are delighted when they catch sight of deer, one of the most obvious examples of large animals running wild in the wood.

You’re walking quietly along a grassy ride in Fineshade, delighting in the fact that you’re on your own, that the wood is silent and everything motionless. Suddenly, not far ahead of you a movement, a...

February 17, 2016

Westhay, the southern part of Fineshade Wood is privately owned but managed by the Forestry Commission. In 2013 one of the rides was widened and in June last year I wrote a blog, “Three cheers for the Commission”, praising the way it had been done and saying how good that ride was looking.

We thought at that time that the plan was to widen the res...

June 25, 2015

Today, a humid mid-summer’s day, I stood on a ride in the middle of Westhay Wood and all I could hear was the hum of insects and, the desultory late song of a Chiffchaff.  And, if it hadn’t broken the perfect peace of the afternoon, I really think I might have give three rousing cheers for the Forestry Commission. For here all around me was the e...

April 27, 2015

Parts of the wood have been given names for hundreds of years.


Fineshade Wood is not huge, but it is just about large enough to get lost in, and if you want to refer to particular tracks or sections it helps to have a name. Everyone who has lived, worked or visited the wood regularly over hundreds if not thousands of years must have made up n...

Please reload

Featured Posts

Fineshade: a caravanner's view

November 7, 2016

Please reload

Recent Posts

September 27, 2016

August 18, 2016

September 18, 2015

July 21, 2015

Please reload

Please reload

Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square