Greno Woods is a popular recreational site on the fringe of the Peak District. Covering 169 hectares, it is one of our largest nature reserves and offers excellent opportunities for fun, wildlife watching, exploration and recreation.
Greno Woods is an ancient woodland, rich in wildlife and full of historic interest. The woods are criss-crossed by a network of footpaths and bridleways, and offer many opportunities for walks both long and short. Walk along the Trans-Pennine Trail in spring and revel in woodland wildflowers including bluebells, honeysuckle and common cow-wheat. Take a similar walk in summer and enjoy the ripe blackberries and bilberries, whilst autumn reveals a profusion of fungi. Birdwatchers will be kept busy through all seasons!
If you prefer to enjoy the outdoors at a faster pace, cyclists can also follow the bridleways, or pass through the reserve on the Trans Pennine Trail which runs through the woods here, whilst adrenaline seekers are invited to try our 3 downhill mountain bike trails, which include the famous Steel City run. The woods also offer excellent horse-riding opportunities including a 3km bridleway loop (which links with bridleways in adjacent Wheata and Wharncliffe Woods).
Greno Woods for families
The woods have plenty to offer for families. Wander the tracks, investigate the Enchanted Forest Trail, try out our den building area, search for the Greno geocache or try the Greno Woods Explorer challenge (part of the Wild Sheffield phone app, see above).
Greno Woods are open to the public 365 days a year. Download a map of Greno Woods
Things to do and places to go nearby
Things to do
Ride Sheffield An advocacy group aimed at using the collective might of Sheffield’s mountain bike community to improve, preserve and promote access interests for Sheffield’s mountain bikers.
The Outdoor City Highlights Sheffield’s best routes and outdoors events, profiles its makers and doers, and shares tips on training and kit. Includes the top 10 experiences offered by Sheffield’s outdoors and top 10 city highlights.
ALAine mountain bike coaching Group or private tuition with experts to improve your mountain biking experience.
Howl Bushcraft Bushcraft walks and courses with local expert Jamie Dakota.
Grenoside Equestrian Centre, Penistone Road, Grenoside S35 8NA. Tel 0114 2402548. Riding experiences in the woods for all ages and skill levels.
Places to eat
The Village Cafe, 176/178 Main Street, Grenoside, S35 8PR Telephone 0114 245 7266. Open 8am – 4pm
The Cow and Calf, 88 Skew Hill Lane, Sheffield, S35 8QX. Telephone 0114 246 8191
The Old Harrow, 165 Main Street, Grenoside S35 8PP. Telephone 0114 246 8801. Open 11.30am – midnight Monday to Thursday, 11.30am – 1am Friday and Saturday, 12.00pm – midnight on Sunday
The Old Red Lion, 210 Main Street S35 8PR. Telephone 0114 246 8307. Open 12pm -11pm
The Norfolk Arms, 8 Penistone Road, Grenoside S35 8QG. Telephone 0114 240 2548. Food available on Wednesdays, Friday and Saturday
The Angel, 151 Main Street, Grenoside, S358PN. Telephone 0114 246 8227
Pete’s Chippy, 167-169 Main Street, Grenoside, S35 8PP. Telephone 0114 240 3357. Winner of ‘Best Chippy in South Yorkshire’ 2013. Open Tuesday to Friday 3pm – 10pm, Saturday 11am – 1.30pm
Places to stay
Whitley Hall Hotel, Elliot Lane, Sheffield, S35 8NR. Telephone 0114 245 4444. Luxury country house accomodation and food
Alara B & B, 981 – 987 Penistone Road, Sheffield S6 2DH. Telephone 0114 234 0108. No frills, simple rooms with shared or en suite bathrooms, plus free Wi-Fi & parking
Premier Inn Sheffield-Barnsley, Maple Road, Barnsley S75 3DL. Telephone 0871 527 8968
Staindrop Lodge Hotel, Lane End, Sheffield S35 3UH. Telephone 0114 284 3111. 3 star hotel with restaurant
How to find us
Greno Woods lie immediately north of Grenoside village, north Sheffield at OS Grid Reference SK 328 954.
Woodhead Road Forestry Commission car park S35 7DS. Alternatively, park in Grenoside village for access via Greno Gate.
Buses numbers 79a and 85 run from Sheffield City Centre to Grenoside village. Please contact South Yorkshire Passenger Transport for current services and times.
The Trans-Pennine Trail, running from Greno Gate to Sandy Lane is wheelchair accessible. For further information regarding access to, and conditions across, other areas of the reserve, please email us.