Woodlands and country parks

A list of our most important and impressive woods and country parks, with links to information about each one.

Woods 

There are lots of woods in the borough for you to enjoy. Click the buttons below to find out more about some of our most important and impressive woods and country parks.

Black Carr Plantation

Originally designed as an exclusive private woodland for the gentry to go hunting, Black Carr Plantation is a woodland now thriving with various wildlife and open to the public. To learn more, visit the following page:

The Crags

The Crags, a series of north facing-slopes leading into the Don Gorge, is an area with fantastic views and an interesting history. To find out more, visit the following page:

Fishlake

Fishlake is an area surrounded by countryside and is filled with lots of wildlife to see. To lean more about this wood and its history, click the button below:

Sandall Beat Wood

The Beat lies close to the heart of Doncaster thanks to the great opportunities it provides for having a picnic, enjoying its many play facilities or simply exploring its vast woodland.

For more on what you can see and do at the wood, visit the following page:

Shaw Wood

Also known as Bluebell Wood and Basil Wood, Shaw Wood is a large woodland just northwest of Armthorpe. The oldest part of the woodland is said to date back over seven centuries ago. To learn more, click the button below:

Melton Wood

Historically a typically English mature oak woodland, its rolling countryside now makes it an ideal place for cycling, with several routes taking in bridle paths, country lanes and short stretches of main road.

For more information about the history of the park, visit the following page:

 

Howell Wood

Dating back to the 1700s, Howell Wood was planted mainly as a game reserve. The northern part of the wood is now a country park and is open to the public all year round.

To learn more about this historic wood and country park, click the button below:

Country parks

Campsall Country Park

Campsall Country Park is renowned for its rich and diverse habitat and wet woodland areas. For information about what to see and do at the park, click the row below:

Highfields Country Park

For information about this park, what you can see and do there and how to get there, please click the following drop down row

Highfields Country Park

About the park

Highfields Country Park is the perfect place to enjoy being outdoors, trying a spot of angling in the historic Highfields Lake, or taking a walk on one of the walking routes and nature walks throughout the park.

Things to see and do at Highfields Country Park

  • nature and scenery: the park is home to widlflower areas, a host of wildlife, woodland areas and the historic Highfields Lake
  • walking routes and nature walks
  • angling
  • playing fields
  • picnic areas 

Getting to the park

By car

The park is just off the A638, near to the Aagrah Doncaster restaurant, with parking available at the park. The Park and Ride North is a short distance away from the park.

By bus

You can use Travel South Yorkshire's journey planner if you're travelling by bus. To do so, just enter where you're going from and to. As the park isn't registered on their database, we'd suggest entering a nearby landmark like Doncaster North Park & Ride.

Map of the park

For a view of the park and the surrounding area, check out the following Google Maps view:

 

Howell Wood Country Park

Dating back to the 1700s, Howell Wood was planted mainly as a game reserve. The northern part of the wood is now a country park and is open to the public all year round.

To learn more about this historic wood and country park, click the button below:

Melton Wood Country Park

Historically a typically English mature oak woodland, its rolling countryside now makes it an ideal place for cycling, with several routes taking in bridle paths, country lanes and short stretches of main road.

For more information about the history of the park, visit the following page:

Looking for more information?

For more information including a full list of parks and open spaces in the borough, and how to report any issues you spot in a green space, visit our parks, woods and open spaces page.

For information about countryside sites or activities, please use the following details:

Last updated: 20 June 2017 13:00:41