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Wheata Woods

Wheata Woods is a 53 hectare heritage woodland area, situated 8km (5 miles) north west of Sheffield.  It is made up of the 4 contiguous woodlands comprising: Woodfield Spring, Birkin Royd, Prior Royd and Wheata Woods.

Wheata Wood has been awarded a Green Flag Quality Management Award.  The Green Flag Award scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.

Wheata Wood Management Plan 2016


Wildlife and heritage

Wheata Woods is a semi-natural ancient woodland and is listed in the South Yorkshire Inventory of Ancient Woodland (Nature Conservancy Council 1986).

The woodland is also designated as a Local Nature Reserve and is of city-wide value for nature conservation, supporting several UK Biodiversity Action plan priority species, for example Song Thrush and Bullfinch and habitats such as wet woodland.

Wheata Woods are of high archaeological importance with some 12ha designated as a Scheduled Monument.  The sites range from Bronze Age field systems, Romano-British settlements, post-medieval quarry pits and bomb craters.

Follow the archaeological trail leaflet:


Site development

Since 2000, the woodlands have benefited from a range of site improvements, and a related education and interpretation programme, funded as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund project called "Fuelling the Revolution" within the South Yorkshire Forest Area.

Visitor information


There are approximately 3.3km of footpaths, 2.6km of bridleways and 1km of permissive bridleway within Wheata Woods. 

In addition the Trans Pennine Trail runs through the northern area of the woodland for 1.3 km and has been upgraded to allow for wheelchair access.


Download the map showing the location of Wheata Woods and other key parks and green spaces in Sheffield is available.

Visitor guide

Download the visitors guide and a landscape poster:


Public transport

Wheata Woods is served by public transport for Grenoside Village.  Further details are available from Travel South Yorkshire.

Car parking

Car parking is available at the Community Centre in Grenoside village and also at the northern end of Wheata Wood off the Woodhead Road (half a mile north of the Old Red Lion public house).


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