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Wharncliffe Woods

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Length – 2.3 or 2.7 miles


Wharncliffe woods and Wharncliffe crags cover an area of several square miles. There is plenty of wildlife to watch out for, including tree pipits, nightjars, newts, and dragonflies. There are a number of forest tracks and paths that crisscross the woods. Most of the tracks and paths are not marked on any maps. Once you are familiar with the overall layout of the woods it is good to wander off up paths and see where they take you.

There is a choice of a shorter or longer version of this walk. Both walks start by following the River Don and then climbing up through the woods. The path then emerges at the high point of the crags. Views across the Don valley and over Deepcar, past Stocksbridge to The Pennines and the Woodhead Pass in the far distance. Returning through the woods, past a large pond to the starting point.


  • Grade – Total ascent 400 ft. Uneven surface. Muddy in wet weather. Exposed cliff edge.
  • Start – Station Road, Deepcar. Just beyond the Lowood Club.
  • Parking – Station Road
  • Public transport – Bus to Carr Road, Manchester Road
  • Refreshments – None on the route
  • Public Toilets – None on the route
  • Grid Reference – SK 292980

Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome walks can be found as recommended routes on the OS Maps App for mobile phones , tablets and pc.

Map of the walk

Wharncliffe Woods walk map

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