Charcoal has been a key part of how these woods have developed for centuries. Come and learn a new skill while finding out all about the woods too.

We have a four different events to pick from:

  • Charcoal burning workshop - learn how to make your own charcoal!
  • Art workshop - aimed at families, make charcoal used for art before testing it out with a local artist.
  • A guided walk and talk - learn about the history of charcoal production in the woods.
  • Green woodworking workshop - help make a one-legged charcoal burner’s stool. You’ll also be able to take home a small item you’ve made yourself.
Don't forget

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please dress appropriately for the event and walking in the woods. Be prepared to get sooty during this event! 

Long trousers and enclosed shoes are advised as ticks and wood ants can be found in this wood. Please bring a hat and sun-cream or rainwear as necessary.

When and where

  • Date: Saturday 31 July, 10am-4pm
  • Price: Free, but donations to support the management of our woodlands are welcome.
  • Location: Fingle Woods is a stunning ancient woodland site located in the Teign Valley on the northern fringes of Dartmoor National Park in Devon. At Fingle, the National Trust and the Woodland Trust are working together for woods, wildlife and people.
  • Dogs: Dogs on leads are allowed at this event. 
  • Access: The accessibility of this event differs depending on which activity you are attending.

    Charcoal burning workshop – we will meet at the Sawmill Shed and then drive in convoy to the charcoal kiln area. This is not an especially strenuous activity, but you will need to be able to bend/kneel to take part.

    Green woodworking workshop – you will meet at the venue. This is not an especially strenuous activity, but you will need some manual dexterity.

    Artist's charcoal workshop – it is best to park by the pub and then walk across Fingle Bridge to the far end of the meadow, approximately 500 metres. 

    Guided walk – a two-mile walk along unsurfaced gravel and earth paths with some steep inclines and descents. There will be lots of stopping points along the route. 
  • Parking: Full details, including directions, will be sent to you once you have booked your place.

How to book

Booking is essential. For more information on how to book, visit the Fingle Woods blog.

A Woodland Trust Wood

Fingle Woods

Nr Dunsford Devon

265.24 ha (655.41 acres)

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