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Explore Wharncliffe Woods
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

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Wharncliffe Woods steep terrain creates an ideal venue for both mountain biking and strenuous walking, without going to the Peak District. 

Walking

Wharncliffe has a rich post industrial history with many quarry workings hidden within the woods. Amongst the trees numerous streams meander down the hillside.

There are two walking trails in the wood, marked yellow and red. These are over rough terrain and can be wet under foot. The woodland contains some very challenging terrain both to walk and ride upon.

Cycling

Please ensure if you are riding off road that you match the terrain to experience and equipment you have.

Horse Riding

Riding in Wharncliffe is by permit only and costs £40 per year. The permit allows you to ride in a variety of woodlands and also includes our Discovery Pass

Please show consideration for other forest users including cyclists and walkers. Please also observe all operational signage and diversions.

Woodlands included in the permit are

Wharncliffe Woods, Grenoside

Farley and Bottom Moor, Matlock Moor

Blidworth Wood 

Sherwood Pines Forest Park (map are available on request)

Facilities at Blidworth and Haywood Oaks include a horse trail and lockable parking area. Keys for this corral can be obtained on request from the South Beat Recreation Ranger. Parking in Sherwood Pines is available in the outer main car parks where it is easier to unload and mount up. If these are closed during quieter times please use a corner of the main car park.

Maps are on the relevant woods web page.  Advice on riding in each wood can be obtained by contacting the local team.

The revenue from the permit goes back into improving our equestrian facilities and services in the above woodlands.

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What do other visitors say?

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I had a very pleasant walk through the woods today with my children and two dogs, beautiful trails to explore with the odd pool of water for the dogs to go mad in! no antisocial behaviour, barriers to prevent quads and crossers from entering the land. all good, ill be back with my mountain bike!

S Orme, 9/Aug/2014

What a shame; I was looking for a good sized woody walk not too far from Huddersfield. I saw Wharncliffe on the map, and it looked good, but having read these comments I think I'll give it a miss until the anti-social behaviour has been stopped. Anyone got a stinger?

Paul, 25/Jul/2014

In wharncliffe woods evening 21may,two youths on motor bikes,tearing round the trails and off road through bare woodland ,causing maximum disturbance to breeding populations of birds and mammals,something must be done,apart from massive disturbance to wildlife,it's an accident waiting to happen,can't be to hard for police to locate these people you can hear them from miles away!or is it the police are just not interested?regards ian lyth

Ian lythinho, 24/May/2014

Hi Ian, Thanks for your comment. It is a problem we are working on with the police. Please ensure you phone 101 every time you see them in the woods. It's a big help. Thanks.

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Steep terrain ideal for downhill enthusiasts.
  • Horse riding
  • Enjoy the network of forest roads for long rides in the woods.
  • Parking
  • A free car park is located on Woodhead Road.
  • Picnic
  • Tranquil picnic spots throughout the wood.
  • Walking
  • Follow the red or yellow trail from the car park.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: SK324952

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Contact

sherwood.fdo@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Parking
A free car park is located on Woodhead Road.

Related documents

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified