Howell Wood Country Park, South Kirkby

Based in the northern part of the borough, Howell Wood Country Park is the perfect place to take a stroll and enjoy being in the outdoors.

Government Guidance

Owing to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), please note that although play areas, outdoor gyms, sports facilities, walking routes and nature walks are open; social distancing must be followed in all these areas.

Please respect the park – take your litter home with you or use the bins provided, and pick up waste after your dog.

You can continue to use green spaces responsibly. Please respect other visitors - do not visit if you have any symptoms; use your own hand sanitiser regularly, and adhere to government guidance.

About Howell Wood Country Park

The northern part of the wood is home to a country park, which is open to the public all year round.

Dating back to the 1700s, Howell Wood was planted mainly as a game reserve by William Marsden of nearby Burntwood Nook, a small stone mansion on the hilltop one mile away. When the wood was planted, the surrounding land was farmed for arable crops, probably looking much as it does today.

In the 1800s, gardeners from Burntwood Nook spent the coldest days of winter collecting ice from the fishing lake and storing it in an 'ice house'. The ice house still stands today, although it is now home to numerous insects, bats and other small mammals.

How to get there

Howell Wood Country Park is at the bottom of Burnt Wood Lane (postcode S72 9EZ). There's parking available.

To get there by bus, use the Travel South Yorkshire journey planner and enter where you're going from and to (Howell Wood Country Park).

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


More woods in Doncaster

For a list of some of our most important and impressive woodlands, visit our woodland in Doncaster 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: 26 July 2021 08:25:40