Meadow Pipit Credit Margaret Holland

Wharncliffe Woodmoor Nature Reserve

A reclaimed colliery site from Carlton Main, restored to grassland and broadleaved plantation. The site is well-connected into the Trans Pennine Trail for walkers riders and runners!


Shaw Lane
South Yorkshire
S71 2RY

OS Map Reference

A static map of Wharncliffe Woodmoor Nature Reserve

Know before you go

42 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Roadside or in lay by at bottom of Fish Dam lane


Great access from the Trans Pennine Trail. Well walked routes cross the site. The walking surface is grass or gravel.


Dogs permitted
Take care for ground nesting birds in spring.

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to June


Wharncliffe Woodmoor is best visited at the same time as the adjoining Carlton Marsh which has a wide variety of wetland habitats and wildlife.

The Wharncliffe Woodmoor site is managed by taking a hay crop off at the end of each summer.

The site is well used by walkers, dog walkers, riders and runners.  It’s a great place for insects and butterflies. A model aeroplane flying club also use the site. Visit in spring for meadow pipits and skylarks.

Yorkshire wildlife Trust manages the park in partnership with Barnsley Council for the benefit of local people and wildlife.

Seasonal highlights

  • Spring: Birds - Skylark; Meadow pipit
  • Summer:
  • Autumn: 
  • Winter: 


By car
From Barnsley town centre, follow the A628 Pontefract Road towards Cudworth. At Cudworth take 2nd exit.  Follow this for 1 mile, cross the first roundabout and at the next roundabout take the third exit and park on the roadside or in the lay by.