The Beat is a fantastic outdoor space to enjoy a picnic, keep the kids occupied, or take a stroll in its ever-changing woodland.
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 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
- great outdoor play area
- toddler play area
- junior play area
- picnic areas
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.
The toilets at the wood are temporarily closed.
Getting to Sandall Beat Wood
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.
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, how to report an issue and how to apply for a memorial in one of these spaces, visit our parks and outdoor spaces page.