Wincobank Hill dominates the skyline of the Lower Don Valley, offering superb views over Sheffield.
This diverse site is made up of ancient semi-natural woodland and heathland, recent plantation woodland, scrub, open ground and playing fields.
This site has a diverse history, which includes an Iron Age Hill Fort - a Scheduled Monument, which occupies a commanding position on the hilltop. Many other archaeological features have been recorded within the woodland.
Occupying the western slopes of the hill is Wincobank Wood, the remains of an ancient coppice woodland, which is listed in the South Yorkshire Inventory of Ancient Woodland (Nature Conservancy Council 1986).
The woodland is of city-wide value for nature conservation, supporting several UK Biodiversity Action plan priority species, for example Meadow Pipit, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Song Thrush, with important habitats such as lowland heath and ancient semi-natural woodland.
The hill was first recorded in 1442 as 'Wincowe' and appears to be derived from 'Wineca', an Anglo-Saxon personal name and the Old Norse 'haugr' meaning a mound or hill and so meaning ‘Wineca’s hill’.
At the summit of the hill are the remains of an Iron Age Hill Fort, an oval defensive enclosure of about one hectare consisting of a single rampart and ditch.
Interpretation panels at the site provide an overview of the history and include maps to help visitors navigate their way around.
Downloadable the leaflets:
Features of the Hill
Interpretation panel showing the historical features and details of Wincobank Hill
A detailed guide for visitors of Wincobank Wood
A walk, starting from Meadowhall and extending further towards the north west of the city centre
A desk based assessment of Wincobank Hill has been commissioned to guide the future management and interpretation of the rich heritage of Wincobank Hill (available to download below).
Desk based assessment for Wincobank Hill
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 (HLF) project called 'Fuelling the Revolution' within the South Yorkshire Forest area.
The Heritage Woods website has further detailed information on the history of Wincobank Hill.
The recent HLF Wincobank Hill Revival Project enabled hundreds of local children to learn about one of Sheffield's most important historical sites, as well as funding the Living History website and the Desk Based Assessment.
The site is part of the Urban Nature Project, which aims to create more naturalistic green space.
Download the Management Plan, which aims to save the site as a special place for people and wildlife.
The plan pulls together the known information on the site for recreation, wildlife, and archaeology amongst other things, and sets out our management objectives for the long-term and a programme of maintenance and improvement works for 5 years between 2010 - 2015.
Site Management Plan for Wincobank Hill 2010 - 2015
Site Management Plan Appendices for Wincobank Hill
Wincobank Hill maps, plans and charts
If you are interested in the Wincobank area why not join the 'Friends of Wincobank', a group of volunteers who meet regularly for practical work on the hill, and also plan events to collect and promote the knowledge of the history of the area and its wildlife.
Roots of Iron work with young people age 11-25 in the area. Visit their blog and find out how you can get involved.
Access to the hill, including the hill fort and the wood, is free and unrestricted at all times.
There is a good network of dedicated public rights of way (footpaths) and trails within the woodland, including surfaced and un-surfaced footpaths.
A downloadable map showing the location of Wincobank Hill and other key parks and green spaces in Sheffield is available.
Wincobank Hill is served by public transport for Wincobank.
There is no formal car parking facilities at this site.
If you wish to make comments or suggestions regarding the site please contact us.