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Moss Valley Woodlands

Majestic beech trees tower overhead in these beautiful ancient woodlands.

The management of our nature reserves would be impossible without our amazing members and volunteers. Together we take care of almost 600 hectares, across Sheffield and Rotherham. These are places where you can enjoy nature and where our conservation work helps the wildlife you love to thrive. Thank you. 

These beautiful ancient woodlands are carpeted in bluebells, sweet woodruff and wood anemone in spring and early summer. Majestic beech and oak trees tower overhead in these beautiful ancient woodlands, while Dowey Lumb is a small meadow with scattered trees and scrub which is increasingly rich in wildflowers.

This south-facing hill is a perfect picnic spot to share with butterflies, and maybe even the elusive roe deer.

The woods are teeming with birds including woodpeckers that have taken advantage of the standing dead trees and the insects. You can also hear the distinctive song of yellowhammers and linnets, and at the scrubby edges of the woods are birds such as garden warblers, black caps and bullfinches.

This tranquil woodland is well supplied with footpaths and bridleways linking it to walks in the wider valley.

If you would like to get in touch with us about Moss Valley Woodlands or any of our other reserves, please email us or call 0114 263 4335.

Seven spot ladybird on a bluebellYour donations make it possible for us to care for Moss Valley Woodlands nature reserve.
Thank you!

For more information about the wildlife in Moss Valley area as a whole visit the Moss Valley Wildlife Group’s website.

Access Information

Getting There

  • Public Transport
  • Supertram – It’s a 15 minute walk from the Purple Line tram terminus at Herdings Park to the reserve entrance at Newfield Spring Wood. Buses 1A, 18, 20 and 56 all stop nearby in Norton, around a 15-20 minute walk from the reserve. Find more details on the Travel South Yorkshire website.
  • Directions
  • From Sheffield city centre head towards Heeley and onto Gleadless Road (B6388). Turn right on Blackstock Road and continue until you reach the roundabout by Oakes Park, taking the second exit onto Hemsworth Road. Continue onto Norton Avenue, at the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Norton Lane. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Jordanthorpe Parkway (B6057) and continue for just under a mile before turning right onto Jordanthorpe Green where there is suitable street parking. Once parked turn left out of the main entrance of the housing estate and cross the Jordanthorpe Parkway (B6057), walk a short way up the road and you will come to a cluster of trees. The entrance gate to the nature reserve is down the slope amongst these trees.
  • Alternatively once parked you can walk through the little wooded area at the front of the housing estate. This can be accessed through a gate in the middle of the housing estate. Walk a short distance through the wooded area until you see a clearing and cross Jordanthorpe Parkway (B6057).
  • SK 363 809 (S8 8DZ).


  • Extensive footpaths and bridleways, unsurfaced and predominately non-statutory.
  • Please contact us for more information about disabled access.

Other Information

  • Dogs are permitted on the reserve.
  • Cyclists are permitted to use the reserve’s network of bridleways.