SHIELD TREE WOOD is a private woodland situated on the grounds of Thornsett Fields Farm, Briargrove Road, Thornsett. SK22 1AX.

Visitor parking

(School programmes / Home Ed & Flexi-School / family sessions / holiday camps / community sessions / school visits)

Visitors are asked to park within the grounds of Thornsett Fields Farm (See map below).

  • DROP-OFF / PICK UP – PARKING AREA (current Brewery parking):  Parking is available at the entrance to Thornsett Fields Farm (in front of Thornsett Field Brewery) on the field on the right-hand side.  Please park within the roped marked area.
  • ACCESSIBLE PARKING FOR SHIELD TREE WOOD:  If users require access close to Shield Tree Wood please let us know in advance and we will happily hold a space on the rubble track running alongside the wood.  These spaces will be prioritised for attendees requiring access near to the site due to specific needs.

We also ask that you are respectful of the farm grounds / grazing land and do not park on any grassed area – HARDCORE ONLY PLEASE.



WHAT3WORDS APP PARKING LOCATION: Our parking 3 words: lows.wobbles.worlds.  


Staff parking

Staff parking is at the gated entrance on Briargrove Road – either on the track inside the gate or outside the gate on the track off-road.

Minibus parking for school visits

There is a minibus space for 2 minibuses on the off-road track running alongside the wood at the gated entrance at Briargrove Road.  If the track is already full, minibuses can park on the hardcore opposite Thornsett Fields Brewery at the entrance to Thornsett Fields Farm.   We also ask that you are respectful of the farm grounds / grazing land and do not park on any grassed area – HARDCORE ONLY PLEASE.

Please note that visitors to STW are asked to kindly not park on the layby opposite the wood to respect the privacy of local residents.

Directions from New Mills / Marple to Thornsett Fields Farm:

Head along Mellor Road and turn down Briargrove Road at the top. Drive down to the bottom of the road and continue past Ladygate Farm & Shield Tree Wood until you see Thornsett Fields Farm entrance on the left-hand side (LHS). Turn left over the cattle grid and park on the right-hand side (RHS) field (please do not continue along the farm track to the farm!). Walk across the field towards the wood (look for the white yurt!).

From Thornsett School to Thornsett Fields Farm:

Drive past the school and turn sharp left at the triangular turning point. Thornsett Fields Farm is on the right-hand side (RHS) just after the bend.  Park immediately after the cattle grid on the right-hand field.

We look forward to welcoming you soon to BEING Outdoors CIC basecamp in Shield Tree Wood.

The BEING Outdoors CIC team