Sheffield to Yorkshire Sculpture Park (& Back)

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is about 25 miles from Sheffield but there are some hills in the way. This route follows quieter roads with some use of the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) on the way. You can also access it from Darton station via an off-road route along the A637 (Not very good quality but it will get you there)

From Sheffield (Barkers Pool) drop down to Don Riverside and follow NCN627 North which runs alongside Penistone Rd  then into Beeley Woods, coming out at Station Rd Oughtibridge. The TPT in Wharncliffe Woods is accessible via a steep climb up a busy and narrow road – once through the barriers and past the house take the first left forestry track and keep going with ups and downs to Finkle St, to join a short but muddy section of railway path. (Forge Lane>>Cole Lane is an on-road option). The Upper Don Trail is going to make this easier. At Thurgoland, leave the trail and climb up through the village crossing the A629. After the brow of the hill you will start to gather speed so watch out for the left turn to Pinfold Hill. Follow through to Silkstone Common (rail station here)  joining the B6449 for a short while. Turn left under the railway bridge and down to Silkstone, straight across towards Cawthorne on Silkstone Lane before turning left onto Norcroft Lane. Then it’s a left turn for a short stretch along the A635, right onto Bark House Lane taking you past Cannon Hall where the Under the Stars Folk Festival takes place. Keep going and you climb up High Hoyland, refreshments available at the pub, and turn right onto Jebb Lane. The Longside Gallery of YSP, closed at the moment is on the left and you can bump your way down the field to the main part of the YSP (part of the W.Yorks cycle route.)