This year has given those of us who haven’t explored the extensive walking trails around Sheffield to really get our teeth stuck into the wealth of nature in the rightly dubbed ‘Outdoor City’.
One of my favourites is the walk from Endcliffe Park to Forge Dam. I love grabbing a sweet treat or breakfast sandwich from one of the cafés on Eccesall Road or Sharrow Vale Road. My personal choice is Pom Kitchen for its both delicious and Instagram worthy vegan treats. It’s also a great trail for those who miss their furry friends from home as it is a hub for dog walkers. My boyfriend and I love to play a game whilst we walk where we name all the dogs we see. If you fancy seeing any more cute animals you could carry on past Forge Dam to Mayfield Valley where if you turn left up the big hill you will be rewarded with not only a great view of the whole city but alpacas at Mayfield Alpaca Farm.
A similar walk is the Rivelin Valley Nature Trail. The trail runs alongside Manchester Road towards the Peak District. Walking along the river there are plenty of fun activities to let out your inner child such as a rope swing, steppingstones and a wooden throne which sits in the middle of the river. If you fancy a longer ramble, carry on over the fields to Our Cow Molly where you can enjoy fresh ice cream. Nearby is Wyming Brook. Choose from a six-mile loop or a chiller 3-mile walk from the bus stop at Lodge Moor. The trail includes picturesque bridges and steppingstones, followed by gorgeous views at Rivelin Dams and Redmires Reservoirs.
If you prefer a bit of history check out the Sheffield General Cemetery walk which takes you through the cemetery to Porter Brook and towards Endcliffe Park. Alternatively check out the Town Walk which takes you from the Sheffield Cathedral towards Victoria Quays where you’ll find the site of Sheffield’s castle and the old town hall. Then, enjoy wandering by the Don towards Sheffield’s ex-industrial area turned indie food hub, Kelham Island. This walk eventually leads back to the centre via. Campo Lane. Another great option for history buffs is the Norfolk Heritage Trail which starts at Manor Lodge, where Mary Queen of Scots was kept captive in the 16th century.
For the arty among us, Sheffield Street Art Trail is a great way to explore the city centre. You can follow a guide which takes you on a 1.5 mile trail around the city or choose your own route using the Street Art Sheffield Map. When I did the trail, I chose the latter as I wanted to check out specific art works. It was a lovely, albeit rainy afternoon, I saw areas of the centre I hadn’t known about before and saw some amazing art.
I’ll now address the elephant in the room: the Peak District. Sheffield is of course a great leap off point to enjoy this national park. I recommend getting a bus or train out to the Peaks although you can walk. Popular areas for students include the Hope Valley, Dam Flask and Stanage Edge. Explore Stanage Edge easily from Hathersage train station or Hope Valley from Grindleford or Hope train station.
-Yzzy (English Literature and Hispanic Studies)