Both of these challenging routes begin at the Woodland Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods and head out into the Peak District for lots of climbing along some exposed moorland paths. The dramatic views are really worth the effort – just make sure that you are well equipped for the conditions, bringing along waterproofs, a spare layer, food, drink and proper trail running shoes. Both routes are signed at key junctions but we recommend taking your own detailed map and compass.
The 24km ‘Inov-8’ Black route runs through Ecclesall Woods up into Whiteley Woods and on into the Porter Valley before heading over to Redmires Reservoirs. Enjoy dramatic views over Stanage and Burbage Edge before returning to Sheffield through the Limb Valley and back into Ecclesall Woods.
The 14km ‘Accelerate’ Red route follows the same route out of the woods before turning south after the Porter Valley, cutting across Ringinglow Road and back through Lady Canning’s Plantation to the Discovery Centre.
Start: JG Graves Woodland Discovery Centre, Ecclesall Woods, Abbey Lane, S7 2QZ.
Distance: 14km / 24km.
Difficulty: Hard / challenging.
Terrain: Mostly trail with some areas of open ground. Well surfaced paths can give way to rocks, uneven areas and some road.
Route map: PDF Guide