Melton Wood Country Park, Sprotbrough

This wood and country park is a great space to get outdoors and enjoy a walk in some beautiful scenery.

About Melton Wood Country Park

The rolling countryside around Melton Wood is ideal for cycling, with several routes taking in bridle paths, country lanes and short stretches of main road.

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The history of Melton Wood Country Park

Melton Wood was part of a vast, broad leaved forest. Bronze Age people began to clear the surrounding land about 3000 years ago to farm the rich, free-draining soils. They were followed by the Romans, Saxons, then generations of English settlers up to the present day.

Historically, Melton Wood was a typically English mature oak woodland with ash, elm, birch, wild cherry, lime, crab, and field maple. In 1927 the then owner Fredrick Montagu sold the oak and ash timber crop. This altered the character of the woodland dramatically. More changes occurred during the Second World War to help with the war effort, as many more mature trees were chopped down by inmates from HM Prison Wakefield and prisoners-of-war.

Scrub clearance and replanting began in 1956 when the Forestry Commission purchased a 999 year lease from the National Coal Board. A combination of broad-leaved and coniferous trees was planted over the next decade, creating the attractive mixed woodland we see today.

The council purchased the freehold of Melton Wood in 1992, to protect public access and to conserve the woodland.

Getting there

Melton Wood Country Park is between Sheep Lane and Hangman Stone Road, with a small car park off Sheep Lane.

Whilst there's not an exact postcode for the area, you can use the postcode for Middleton W H (marked on the map below) which is DN5 7EB.

If you're travelling by bus, you can use Travel South Yorkshire's journey planner. To do so, just enter where you're going from and to (Melton Wood).

To see the surrounding area, check out the following Google Maps view:

Woods in Doncaster

For a list of some of our most important and impressive woodlands, visit our woods page.

Parks and outdoor spaces

For a list of parks and outdoor spaces in Doncaster, how to report an issue and how to apply for a memorial in one of these spaces, visit our parks and outdoor spaces page. 

Last updated: 22 March 2018 12:36:12