Earlier this year, a new Enchanted Forest Trail at Greno Woods opened up for families to enjoy outdoor play woodland adventures. Greno Woods is an ancient woodland in North Sheffield with over 160’s acres to explore. A lovely place for a woodland walk for the all family and bursting with bluebells in Spring.
Here’s a little review of the trail from Debbie who took her daughter, plus some handy directions for how to find it! How To Find Enchanted Forest Trail at Greno Woods, Sheffield
How To Find Enchanted Forest Trail at Greno Woods, Sheffield
This is a guest review from Debbie who posted this on our community group; thank you debbie! <3
How to find Enchanted Forest Trail at Greno Woods, Sheffield
I struggled to find any postcode or coordinates for car park on the wildlife website so hopefully this will help others trying to find it by car.
If you are wanting to get there by public transport, the nearest buses stop on A61 on the other side of Greno Woods, or Grenoside village where there is a 10-15 minute walk along Woodhead Road to the car park.
If you don’t have a sat nav easiest way to explain is the following:
Go up Fox Hill all the way to the top until it levels out to fields on your left and council houses on your right. Just past those houses is a cross roads. Go straight across through the village (past Grenoside community centre on your right, then past the angel pub and old harrow pub on your left keep going) through the houses. You come out of the village, there is a big left turning bend marked with chevrons and a private gate driveway.
Go around the bend. Stay on that road as it opens up into a country road with trees either side. There are a few pull in spots with gates that you think may or may not be the car park but, just ignore any turning or gate. You will reach a brown tourist sign that says “Wharncliffe and greno woods parking”. The sign will appear on your left. The car park is free.
Sat nav – Use “4 Woodhead Road, S35”. This will NOT get you directly to the car park. This will get you to the house on the corner so don’t swerve into the private drive way on the bend when it says you have reached your destination. Keep going following the instructions above.
Once you’ve parked up, you will notice several routes and trails marked on the notice boards (easy, medium,h ard/ yellow, blue, red). You don’t want to follow any of those to find the toddler trail! It is not sign posted anywhere. I had to ask 2 dog walkers and a cyclist.
Finding the enchanted trail and is it push chair friendly?
You need to walk out of the car park entrance and take care crossing the road you just drove in on. You will see a gate and bridle path with a notice board and wooden sign saying Grenoside nature reserve. Go that way, straight up the hill not any of the turnings.
As you reach just before the brow of the hill you will see the first riddle board and green Man on a tree. Here is where you start the trail there turning into the woods.
The trail is not pram friendly. If you carry on up the hill instead of taking the enchanted trail and turn left at the crossed paths keep going until you reach the picnic bench. You can say take your newborn in the pram to the picnic bench while the toddler and and other adult does the trail.
The trail finishes at the picnic bench.
What to do on the trail
The trail is not long, but enough to explore with in the woods with a toddler! There are twisty trees, logs to climb, beams, dens and bugs to find.
Wild Sheffield: “The trail is themed around the tradition of the green man: a figure of English folklore and a herald of the land’s renewal in spring. Beautiful green man carvings by Sheffield-based sculptor Paul Casson-Yardley provide a helpful spotting game to encourage little legs along the way, and they also set challenges: to build homes for gnomes, pass though labyrinths and overcome obstacles. It ends by a picnic bench, ready to receive weary travellers.”
Grenoside woods is full of wildlife, including birds, rare squirrel and hairy wood ants. Read about all the different types of precious plants to see here.
Have you been to find the trail yet? What do you think?
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