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

Woodland areas

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

All of Doncaster's open spaces are covered by Public Spaces Protection Orders, this may affect how you exercise your dog. Detailed information is available on the PSPO webpage.

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:

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

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 Country Park

Historically a typically English mature oak woodland, Melton Wood Country Park's 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 Melton Wood Country Park, visit the following page:

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:

Report a problem in a wood

If you spot any problems in a woodland area, whether it's:

  • a problem with playground equipment
  • dog fouling
  • dropped litter

Or another issue, please complete one of the following online forms:


Parks and outdoor spaces in Doncaster

For a list of major and local parks and outdoor spaces, visit our parks and outdoor spaces page.

Share your photos

We'd love to see pictures of your days out in our beautiful woodlands! Please post, comment and share your photos and videos with us on our Twitter and Facebook pages. 


Last updated: 25 September 2023 10:22:24

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