An area of woodland north-west of the city centre, close to Grenoside. Wheata Wood is an ancient semi-natural woodland. It contains bridle paths and trails and a rich heritage of archaeological features. The wood is supported by The Grenoside Conservation Society.
Admission and opening times
Wheata Wood is open at all times and there is no admission charge.
Features and facilities
- bridle paths and trails
- Trans Pennine Trail
- archaeological features including a scheduled ancient monument
- bird watching
- picnic table
- parking is available near the Woodhead Road entrance to Wharncliffe Woods and Wheata Wood
Getting to the park
The main entrance is off Woodhead Road.
Walking and cycling
The woods are a 40 minute cycle from the city centre.
The nearest bus stop is on Main Street, Grenoside. It takes around 50 minutes from the city centre.
About the landscape
Wheata Wood is over 600 years old and is full of history as well as wildlife.
There are bridle paths and trails to follow including the Trans Pennine Trail which runs through the northern area of woodland.
Designated as a local nature reserve, it is an important site for biodiversity and archaeology.
The woodland is great for bird watching. Bird species present include redwings, tits, willow warblers and chiffchaffs. Sparrowhawks, goldcrests and the great spotted woodpecker also feature in this habitat.
Wheata Wood is full of archaeological interest. It features medieval pits, a millstone quarry, bomb craters, and ancient farm settlements.
A scheduled ancient monument is another point of interest. This is a protected site covered by the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The monument includes the extensive remains of a Romano-British field system and settlement.