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A bluebell trail through ancient woods: Concord & Woolley Wood

Photo by Gemma Thorpe.

The bustling Meadowhall shopping centre is less than two miles away, but Woolley Wood couldn’t be more peaceful.

This ancient woodland dates back to at least the 16th century and today its central path forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail. The wood is home to a variety of fungi, birds, bats and other wildlife, and blooms with a carpet of bluebells each spring. From the playground in Concord Park the full 4km blue route descends into the wood, where the terrain becomes mixed and undulating. Take care crossing the golf course before reentering the park.

The shorter green route starts in the opposite direction, making a loop of the park on a mostly asphalt path, which is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Illustration by Glenn at Eleven.

Photo by Gemma Thorpe.

Photo by Gemma Thorpe.

Illustration by Glenn at Eleven.

26.05.2016

Information

Start: Concord Park, S5 6AE.
Distance: 2.5km / 4km.
Difficulty: Easy / medium.
Terrain: Mixed and undulating, crossing a golf course. Mostly asphalt path on the shorter route.
Route map: GPX export / download as PDF.

Illustration by Glenn at Eleven, photos by Gemma Thorpe.

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