The Beat is a fantastic outdoor space to enjoy a picnic, keep the kids occupied, or take a stroll in its ever-changing woodland.

About Sandall Beat Wood

In 1966 Doncaster Council designated the wood a local nature reserve (LNR) because of its rich and varied wildlife. Further protection was given in 1984 when the Nature Conservancy Council - now Natural England - classified the area as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) because of the wood's rare insects.

Things to see and do at Sandall Beat Wood

Scenery and wildlife

The vast woodland area is home to lots of unique and exciting wildlife - why not look out for them when enjoying a walk through the wood?

Play and recreation

  • toddler and junior play areas with great facilities including climbing frames and numerous swings!

Environment centre

The wood is home to the Sandall Beat environment centre, one of the few green space education centres in the borough. The centre hosts lots of fun events for kids including craft sessions and sessions handling some of the wood's rare and exciting wildlife.

To keep up to date with these events, follow Sandall Beat Wood on Facebook.

Walking routes and nature walks

  • Covill's Trail is a two-kilometre circular path through the wood, and is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
  • You can also try a 3.6 mile walking trail, which starts at Cantley Park and passes through the wood. For the full trail, visit our walking in Doncaster page.
  • There are various walking routes and nature walks you can take throughout the wood.


There are toilets on site at the wood. They are open from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday. (Excluding Bank Holidays)

Getting to Sandall Beat Wood

By car

The wood is a short drive from Doncaster Racecourse (on Leger Way), with a designated parking area at the bottom of Sandall Beat Road. The postcode for Sandall Beat Road is DN2 6JP.

By bus

For a full list of routes you can get to the wood, use the Travel South Yorkshire journey planner and enter where you're going from and where you're going to (Sandall Beat Country Park)

To see the wood and routes listed above, check out the following Google Maps view: 


Who looks after the wood? 

Sandall Beat Wood has a highly-active volunteer group who work with us on conserving and improving the park. They, along with a network of environmental groups, carry out a range of work and keep the wood clean and green. For more information contact Friends of Sandall Beat

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 and how to report an issue visit our parks and outdoor spaces page. 

Last updated: 25 September 2023 12:43:29

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