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Explore Phoenix Park, incorporating Thunscoe Community Woodland
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

The site is owned by The Land Trust and managed by the Forestry Commission

Phoenix Park is a hidden gem nestled between the towns of Thurnscoe and Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire.

What was once the slagheap for Hickleton main colliery has been transformed into a wonderful community woodland for all to enjoy.

The site can be enjoyed whether you are walking, cycling or horse riding. There are a number of features to view including a climbing wall, calved farmyard animals, a maze, and an art gallery designed by a local youth group.

The site is also home to an abundance of wildlife that thrives on the diversity of habitats that are present on site.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

A group of 20 U3A walkers undertook a guided walk with Paul Nunns and two rangers in May. It was the first visit to Phoenix Park for many of the group and it was interesting to hear about the history, environmental issues, wildlife and fauna. Paul is very knowledgeable and, therefore, we found it educational but also an enjoyable walk. Several people in the group deemed it to be their favourite walk this year and have become regular visitors. We were all impressed with the work which has been undertaken to enable the site to reach this standard. Well worth a visit.

Guided Walk, 23/Jul/2015

Glad to hear you enjoyed your walk!

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Great place to walk normally but lately area is being blighted by vandalism, litter, fly tipping and people on motor bikes. Not very dog friendly of late due to amount of broken glass scattered around.

Stephen, 30/Apr/2015

Thanks for your comments, I've passed your details on to the site ranger. This site does go through periods of anti social behaviour, we do increase our litter collections at these times. If you do see a motor bike on site please report it to the Police by calling 101.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

I run a Scout Group that is located next to Phoenix park and we love taking the children for walks and wildlife hunting during the summer months. I have been trying to get someone from the forestry commission to give us a guided tour or come and talk to the cubs but to no success. Fully recommend Phoenix Park.

Helen Wright, 15/Oct/2014

Hi, thanks for your enquiry, I have passed your details on to the site ranger for Phoenix Park and he will be in touch to arrange a visit. Glaad to hear you like Phoenix Park!

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Cycling
  • Educational
  • Orienteering
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Viewpoint


OS Grid ref: SE 465 054

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