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Explore Wharncliffe Woods
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Went today, large extensive woodland perfect for a short walk or a longer hike

Anonymous, 7/May/2016

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

Flossy, 14/Dec/2015

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.

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1 Star 1 Star

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

Flossy , 18/Nov/2015

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.

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Please email us at sherwood.fdo@forestry.gsi.gov.uk if you have an enquiry or would like a reply to your comments.

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Last updated: 1st June 2016

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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
Postcode: S35 8RS

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Contact

Opening & Parking

Parking
A free car park is located on Woodhead Road.

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