The 15-mile Sheffield Round Walk cuts through beautiful park and woodland to the southwest of the city, much of which was gifted to Sheffield by wealthy benefactors. The best thing about the Round Walk is that it's easy to join in at any point, meaning you can make a day of it or just head out for a short stroll with the family.
If you don't have the time (or energy) to complete all of the walk, we advise strolling the two or so miles from the start of the walk at Endcliffe Park, gently up through the scenic Porter Valley, to Forge Dam. It's one of the busier stretches on the walk but, conveniently, there are great cafes at either end. Have egg and chips at Endcliffe Park and a cup of tea and an ice-cream when you get to Forge Dam. Admire the views, jump over the streams, feed the ducks, breathe in the fresh air, visit an old grinding workshop at Shepherd Wheel – and marvel at how you can do all of this within just a few miles of Sheffield city centre.
If you're keen to carry on and do more – or all – of the Round Walk, just follow the sign posts marked with the acorn symbol. A bit further on from Forge Dam, after passing between trees and along streams, you'll meet fluffy friends at Mayfield Alpacas in Ringinglow on the very edge of the Peak District. Continue even further and you'll pass through more beautiful woodland, by Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Beauchief Abbey, before calling in on 16th-century Bishop's House in Meersbrook Park, stroking the animals at Graves Park, and ending up back at Endcliffe Park via Nether Edge.
For full details of the route and a map, visit The Outdoor City.
- Words by
- Claire Thornley
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- Gemma Thorpe