Wharncliffe Woods and Grenoside Mountain Biking

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Woodhead road, Grenoside.
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Wharncliffe Woods are just north of Sheffield, the nearest village to the Car park is Grenoside, which has a number of pubs, and a chip shop which I have smelt on the way back from night rides, but never found. If you are coming any distance from North or South, the woods are about 10 minutes from the M1, J36 if you are coming from the North and J35 if you are coming from the South.
From the North
Follow the A61, signed to Sheffield once of the motorway. Straight over the first roundabout, continuing on the A61, there is a McDonalds on this roundabout as a reference point, or if you feel the need. Carry on this road till you get to a 30mph zone, this is the edge of Grenoside. Take the first right hand turn, opposite the Norfolk Arms pub, and go straight up the hill to the Cross roads in the centre of Grenoside. Turn right Follow this road out of Grenoside and into the woods – the Car park is on the left about a mile from the cross roads.
From the South
Take the first exit off the Junction roundabout – signed to Chapeltown (A629) Follow this road until you get into Chapeltown. Straight over the first roundabout (second exit) under the railway bridge and straight on at the second roundabout (which is the first exit unless you need snacks from the Tesco?s petrol station) Follow this road until you get to the Acorn Pub on the Right, about a mile and a half. Turn Left opposite the pub and follow this road to the top. Turn Left onto the A61. Carry on this road till you get to a 30mph zone, this is the edge of Grenoside. Take the first right hand turn, opposite the Norfolk Arms pub, and go straight up the hill to the Cross roads in the centre of Grenoside. Turn right Follow this road out of Grenoside and into the woods – the Car park is on the left about a mile from the cross roads.
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Wharncliffe Woods is a steep and rocky wood with many hidden quarries and lots of streams just north of Grenoside, near Sheffield. It is famous as the training ground of Steve Peat. In recent years to complement the steep gnarly tech downhill runs a more flowing area full of berms and jumps known as Mini Whistler or Wharncouver has sprung up. There is also a red XC.

Wharncliffe XC Trails 

  • The 16km trail is in poor conditions but on a dry day, you can put most bits of it together to have a really decent run. The track is technical and a lot of fun. To get to it you come right out of the back of the car park and the trail starts on your right. 

Wharncliffe Downhill Tracks

  • The Downhill are is steep, rocky and technical. Some of the famous runs are Fast Track, Nemba, Dogs and Thousand Deaths.
  • Mini Whistler also known as Wharncouver is a section full of berms and jumps and is known to have more flow than its counterparts above.

Grenoside

  • There is a fully surfaced and signposted loop consisting of three professionally constructed downhill trails that are connected by Bridleway (fireroad) climbs. The loops signposting starts across the road from the Forestry Commission car park on Woodhead Road.
  • The loop consists of 2 red grade descents, Pub Run and Steel City (which has a Black opt in) and one black grade descent DH3 (this has several large but rollable jumps and a steep section towards the end). The whole loop is connected by red grade bridleway

Groups and Clubs

  • SingletrAction trail building group
  • Ride Sheffield trail advocacy group

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4.2
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4.3  (4)
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Hard technical trails
(Updated: October 17, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
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1.5
Mint for short dh with loads of technical stuff but boring fire roads linking them all together.

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Good Points
Fast track and Diamond black are awesome.
Crags run is good too over towards deepcar end.
Greno over the road
Bad Points
fire road climbs
Car park pretty small
Would you recommend?
Yes
G
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Wharncliffe & Greno woods
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
The DH runs in greno woods are excellent. Still learning the way down but you end up flying into the jumps

User Review

Good Points
Marked DH loop in greno (3 DH runs)
Great off piste riding in wharncliffe
Bad Points
Gets muddy in wharncliffe
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Wharncliffe - Grin factor 99
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4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
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3.5
I'd not been to Wharncliffe since 1993, since then the locals have been building and building. Yes there is a XC marked loop but I didnt do it. Instead I did some of the short steep techy awesome trails - I did have a look at mini-whistler and watch some of the DH blokes on big bikes do the big gaps and even rode a little of the easier stuff there but mainly it was the old school lines I rode on my 140mm trail bike.
Just didnt have enough time in a day to see it all, or even go over to Grenoside - only 17 miles but 3300ft on the garmin which strava robbed almost 1000ft of of so its a hilly ride. Immense fun with a little group and great terrain.
You can see why Steve Peat has such skill with this as his back yard!

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Good Points
Proper English forest, no conifers
Loads and loads of 1mins awesome DH trails
Bad Points
Slog/push-up back to the top
Would you recommend?
Yes
S
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Overall rating 
 
4.2
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
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3.0
I rode here a few years ago and it pissed down relentlessly. The day was awesome even though my gears broke and ended up with a singlespeed for the day. It has some of the funnest downhill and drops you can find.

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Good Points
If you like steep you will love this. If you like rocky you will love this more. If you like technical and challenging in a beautiful wooded surrounded you have found nirvana
Bad Points
Some of erosion of trails is evident. Very limited facilites beyond a car park.
Would you recommend?
Yes
S
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