The Enchanted Forest Trail
Discover this outdoor play destination with your little adventurers!
The Enchanted Forest Trail has been created especially for toddlers and young children in the Trust’s Greno Woods nature reserve.
The experience is designed to help the under fives explore the woodland reserve and have fun, while learning new skills and helping with their physical development.
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 travelers.
We’ve got to have one of those!
The trail is the brainchild of the Trust’s Land Management Officer Pete Tomlin, who was inspired after being on holiday with his very energetic toddler! Pete recalls, “We visited three different activity trails for young kids, and had incredible amounts of fun. I came back thinking ‘we’ve got to have one of those on our reserves!’. This project has been a real personal journey and I’m very proud of the outcome. I’m looking forward to taking my son on the trail, and hope that our members will bring their own little ones to Greno for an adventure too!”
You can even present your little adventurer with a certificate once they have completed the trail! Download the certificate here
How to find the Enchanted Forest Trail
From the Forestry Commission car park on Woodhead Road, cross the road into Greno Woods. Through the main entrance you will see a track that heads uphill. Follow this for around 200m. The activity trail starts just before the top of the hill on the left hand side. Look out for the Green Man!
There are also three permanent family friendly orienteering courses set by South Yorkshire Orienteers, whilst our Greno Woods App for iPhone or Android provides themed walks. Our Greno Woods outdoor learning site offers experiences for schools from high-adrenaline obstacle course racing to river studies and fieldwork skills, thanks to generous funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
So what are you waiting for? Come along and explore the woods today!
The family activity trail has been created to improve the facilities available in Grenoside Woods for our youngest visitors. It has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund, distributed through the East Peak Innovation Partnership’s LEADER programme and Veolia Environmental