Newbiggin Wood is located adjacent to the A616 link road from Junction 35A of the M1 to the Stocksbridge by-pass, a short way south-east of Tankersley roundabout. It overlooks Westwood Country Park, within which there is a rough car park a short distance from the edge of the wood. It also lies directly adjacent to Thorncliffe Wood. Access to parts of the site is good although in other areas access is more restricted due to poor drainage and the damage caused by motorcycles and four-wheeled vehicles.
Newbiggin Wood is situated on an ancient woodland site. It was recorded as a coppice woodland in the 17th Century when, in common with many other local woodlands, it was used to produce charcoal. Following this, iron and coal was mined within the wood, evidence of this remaining in the form of 'bell-pits'. A railway, associated with the extraction of coal on adjacent land, ran between Newbiggin and Thorncliffe Woods to the once thriving industries at Thorncliffe and the old track of this now forms the wood's western boundary.
The wood contains a mixture of native tree species such as Oak and Ash and Elm; and introduced species such as Beech and Sycamore. The last of these is very dominant in some places. The trees within the woodland vary widely in age from saplings through to mature trees. Bramble is dense in some areas. Smaller plants found within the wood include many species associated with ancient woodland.
Together with adjacent Thorncliffe Wood, Newbiggin Wood provides a home for a variety of woodland birds, including Tawny Owl, Green and Greater-spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Woodcock and the summer visitors, Chiffchaff and Wood Warbler.
Management of the site before the Fuelling a Revolution programme was minimal but a programme of woodland restoration and access improvement work is now taking place to restore the woodland to its former glory and to maximise its potential as a recreational and educational resource. Sycamore, a non-native and highly invasive species is being thinned, and native trees such as Oak and Ash are being encouraged. The already diverse range of ages and sizes of trees is being enhanced through selective thinning of young trees and coppicing of selected Oak and Ash. In addition, the path system is being repaired and improved access to the woodland is being promoted through a programme of educational events for people of all ages.
Other nearby Heritage Woodlands are: