Ecclesall Woods Circular (19th March 2024)

Nineteen of us met at what was an unfamiliar starting location in a car park on the edge of Whirlow playing fields.

Before we started, Paula, our leader, gave us some facts about the woods and warned us that we would be crossing some busy roads during the walk. I was surprised to hear that Ecclesall Woods is the largest ancient semi-natural woodland in South Yorkshire. If you want to read more about the history of the wood, here’s a link that Paula provided click here.

During the 4.7 mile walk we stopped at various information boards to read about, charcoal burning, Q-Pits, Collier’s pond and Donkey Field pond. Just after the halfway point of the walk we had a coffee break at the cafe, which by all accounts is very well used.

We were soon back at the car park with only the merest speck of mud on our trousers. Thanks very much to Paul for leading us round.