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Explore Wharncliffe Woods
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

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.

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

A wide range of scenic walks you can never get tired of, great for dogs and look out for the deers if you're lucky enough to spot them.

D Bingley, 20/Dec/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

I love it up in Wharncliffe and Greno Woods. Brilliant for dog walking, cycling and running. Well maintained too.

Jalex, 2/Sep/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

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

Anonymous, 7/May/2016
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Last updated: 16th May 2018

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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


OS Grid ref: SK324952
Postcode: S35 8RS

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Opening & Parking

A free car park is located on Woodhead Road.

Related documents

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.