GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wharncliffe Woods - mtb and walks

9 miles (15 km)

Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails through this large wooded area near Rotherham. The route starts at the Woodhead road car park and follows the Trans Pennine Trail north through the woods towards Wortley.
You then double back on the same trail before heading towards Wharncliffe Crags and Wharncliffe Nature Reserve. Here you can find heather, scrub and bracken with a variety of wildlife including nightjar,linnet,viviparous lizardandgreen tiger beetle. There are also streams and tranquil ponds to enjoy on your tour of the woods.
Walkers can enjoy two colour coded, waymarked trails. The area is also popular with mountain bikers with a number of challenging off road trails.
If you would like to continue exploring the area then you could visit the nearby Wentworth Woodhouse and Westwood Country Park where you will find more enjoyable walking trails.
Just to the west you will find two nice circular trails around More Hall Reservoir and the adjacent Broomhead Reservoir.


S35 8RS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Wharncliffe Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wharncliffe Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The little village of Bolsterstone is located just over a mile west of the woods. Here you'll find the Castle Inn which is a typical English village pub. The friendly pub does a great Sunday lunch and is likely to have plenty of other walkers there. It's dog friendly and can be found at postcode S36 3ZB for your sat navs.
Just to the south of the woods is Oughtibridge where you could head to the Hare & Hounds. The friendly pub has a nice conservatory and beer garden to enjoy. You can find it at6 Church St, Oughtibridge with a postcode of S35 0FW.

Dog Walking

The woodland trails are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see other owners on your outing. The Castle Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the east you'll find the adjacent Grenoside Woods. This area is also a nature reserve with ancient woodland and a wide variety of flora and fauna. There's also three more mountain bike trails including the popular Steel City Run.
The woods are located just a few miles south east of Stocksbridge. You could reach the woods from the northern side of the town by following the Barnsley Boundary Walk east and then the Trans Pennine Trail south.


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A meeting of the ways. The Barnsley Boundary Walk meets and merges with the Trans Pennine Trail at this point on the southern fringe of Wharncliffe Woods, near Oughtibridge.

A pond in Wharncliffe Woods - - 713691

A pond in Wharncliffe Woods

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Oughtibridge Wharncliffe Woods has always been popular with walkers, but now also attracts lots of people on bikes like the one pictured here. The bikes with pedals are welcome, those with engines are blocked off by the gate ... well mostly!

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Power lines through the woods. Many power lines and pylons criss cross the trail. Extensive trails through the woods including many difficult downhill mountain bike routes and a spur of the Trans Pennine Trail to Sheffield, not to mention the Barnsley Boundary walk

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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