Wharncliffe Woods steep terrain creates an ideal venue for both mountain biking and strenuous walking, without going to the Peak District.
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.
We have removed the unauthorised trail features from the downhill area along the Plank Gate. This has been done because they were unsafe for our visitors and were also preventing planned harvesting operations. We ask that no more jumps be built as they will also be removed.
If you would like to talk about this or any ideas you might have, please contact the local team on 01433 650072 who will be happy to discuss this.
Please ensure if you are riding off road that you match the terrain to experience and equipment you have.
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:
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?
5 StarsAnonymous, 7/May/2016
Went today, large extensive woodland perfect for a short walk or a longer hike
Thank you for your response to my concerns with regards to public safety The area that I referred to being churned up and in complete disrepair is up by a pond , very dangerous its boggy and slippery Its hard to explain where the trees have fallen but it is part of the woods which should be monitored and maintained
Forestry Commission Response
Hi Flossy I have sent your comment on to the local team. Please email if you wish to give us more information or ask further questions.
1 StarFlossy , 18/Nov/2015
Terrible place in complete disrepair paths churned up , fallen trees and sink holes appearing . I would not give it a star but no other option The worst part about Wharncliffe Woods is the illegal off road motor bikes and quads its a accident waiting to happen My advice dont bother going there much nicer places to visit in the area
Forestry Commission Response
We regret that you haven't enjoyed your visit to Wharncliffe Woods. We've checked the waymarked walking trails and although there may be one or two sections where the drainage needs some attention, they could not be described as generally churned up or in disrepair. We also regularly check these trails for fallen trees, and that makes me think you may be referring to informal paths through the woods. We don't have the resources to maintain such paths to the standard of formal trails, but please let us know exactly where the areas are which you think need attention, and we can look at them to see if they justify any repairs. We have been working with South Yorkshire Police to deal with the motorbikes and quads which use the woods on occasions, and the police have confiscated vehicles and prosecuted riders. However, with a wood as large as Wharncliffe, and with such extensive boundaries, it's not possible to keep them all out all of the time.