Ecclesall Woods

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Ecclesall Woods
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theharrogatelady
Harrogate, UK1,606 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Just off the famous buzzing Ecclesall Road you can find these old woods. It’s a haven of calm in a busy week. Lots of local dog walkers enjoy the woods too so watch your step! Look out for the streams and bridges too.
Written March 4, 2020
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Nicola L
4 contributions
Feb 2020
Beautiful woods. There are some steep steps but also there are many alternative routes . There is a lovely cafe offering outside sheltered seating. They offer fresh cakes, toastes,tea cakes and hot and cold drinks. There are vegan options and they accept cards.
In the school holidays there are plenty of activities to do with your children under supervision. There is a car park including disabled parking and also parking on the road side. At Christmas trees are sold. Weddings can be arranged and on occasions there is a Pizza van selling a choice of pizza and there is a vegan and veggie option.
Written February 2, 2020
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Udders
Sheffield, UK353 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
We have accessed the woods on average twice per week for the last eight years. We have gone from building dens in the woods, to dog walks, to angst ridden teenage breaks from exam revision. Still the only place the kids want to come with us for an unenforced walk. Current favourite activity whilst the dog chases squirrels is looking at the old trees that have fallen over the winter. Looking forward to the bluebells coming out again soon, it looks like it will be a good year.
Written March 23, 2019
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the woods in the south west of sheffield have never been anything else. Although managed and farmed for wood and charcoal they have a continuous line back to the ancient forests of Britain.

The result is a large diversity of plants and habitats. The woods include areas of sweet chestnuts - planted for the nut harvest each autumn still harvested as a free bounty by the locals. There are areas of beech wood, oak, larch etc etc. there is a large bird sanctuary and the remains of more than one grinding hull.

the evidence of coppicing for charcoal etc is still very visible as are the 'white coal' pits used to produce hot burning fuel for the 18c & 19c sheffield steel industry.

Almost the only 'feature' in the woods is the charcoal burners grave - a memorial to the man who died when his cottage burned doen in the late 1700's. the stone was erected by his drinking friends from the local pub. it can be found about 50m N into the wood from the Abbey Lane/whirlowdale rd junction.

for serious walkers, the woods form part of the Sheffield Round Walk, and it is possible to walk by path and open field from the woods all the way to the morrlands of the Peak District National Park at Ringinglow.

the only word of warning is that the paths get very muddy after heavy rain - wear wellies.
Written February 23, 2002
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8ateman
Leicester, UK16 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
You can't force beauty and these woods certainly do not disappoint!

Place and activity
The woods are an attraction for Sheffield and are great for a walk or run or any type of activity you are doing! Could even be a game of hide and seek.

Best and Least
The woods are so big and there is loads to be explored which is exciting as you never know what could be around the corner, fallen trees, flowing streams, could be anything!

What to take
I would recommend good shoes, the can be just pathways if you choose to follow them or could be a muddy terrain. Pack accordingly. Take cameras and depending on the weather either an umbrella or sun hat :).

Type of visit
I'd say you could spend any time from a few minutes to hours in these woods, I would choose to spend as much time as possible as you will always find new and exciting things round each corner.
Written May 9, 2016
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Getaway36760
Lancashire1 contribution
We visited Ecclesall Woods for the first time last Saturday morning, having arrived in Sheffield on Friday afternoon. We took our two grandchildren, Bethany 8 and Thomas 10 and parked the car on Abbey Road. The weather was glorious, the sun complimenting the snowy paths and icy trunks over the little streams. We saw lots of robins and blackbirds and heard the song of a variety of birds, but were unable to identify. The children loved tracking the horses hooves, dog paws and footsteps. Thomas had recently watched the video of Wind in the Willows and was desperate to find Badger's house under a tree - he diligently dug for a scraper. I explained that there were probably badgers living in the wood but that they only came out when it was dark. He then asked if he could get permission from mummy to spend the night in Ecclesall Woods, with Grandma, in the event he might see them - how lovely the world of the child. As a matter of interest, does anyone know if there are badger sets in the woods?

Grandpa walks with a limp following a stroke, and although we all enjoyed it thoroughly, I think we should have taken more notice of the signposts, as it was a little long for him.

We have promised to take the children again - any further information about the woods and their trees, birds and animals would be welcome.

Ann Ratcliffe
Written March 5, 2006
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Mossball10
Sheffield, UK28 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
We are new to Sheffield and accidentally stumbled upon this when we tried to visit Abbeydale Hamlet to discover they don’t allow dogs, so we searched the map and found this close by. We had such a lovely walk around the woods, following the route markers. My son enjoyed it so much- there’s trees to climb, fallen trees to clamber, dens and a tree swing. We liked it so much I think we went three or four times in September. They also run an after school club on a Wednesday which we tried and absolutely loved it, just a shame it’s a bit too far for us to travel to after school. The cafe do a nice drink in lovely china cups after a chilly walk. Car park says it closes at 4pm and I think it’s free but there are plenty of lay-bys to park on the road if you think you will be later.
Written October 8, 2019
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Patrick F
7 contributions
Oct 2018
A lovely place to go for a stroll and we were lucky enough to have the weather on side. If you can do so bring a picnic and escape from the city for a bit.
Written September 24, 2019
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EmilyJC_93
7 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
We like to wander in here and not pay much attention to the map, just mill around and see what we find.

The second time we went here we happened upon the woodland centre and cafe, so that was a lovely surprise!

The only drawback is that you have to cross over roads to get to certain parts of the wood, which is a shame as it ruins the illusion of being in the countryside.

Still a lovely walk though. Good proximity to the industrial hamlet and a few nice pubs on Abbeydale Road too if you want to make a day of it or go out for a bite to eat afterwards.
Written August 28, 2018
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raggersparkin
Otley, UK177 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
I could spend all day walking around these woods listening to the birdsong. Even after the recent poor weather the bulk of the paths were in good nick and one of the beauties of these woods lies in the trees themselves. They have such character and age, this is not a manufactured wood but one formed naturally over years and years.
The fenced off bird sanctuary in the woods offers protection from enthusiastic dogs and we were lucky enough to see a good number of herons which are nesting in the tree tops.
Rounded off with a cuppa and cake at the cafe in the middle of the woods - perfect!
Written March 11, 2018
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