Historically, the Don Valley was Sheffield’s industrial quarter. Today the area, to the north east of the city, is known as a sports hub. These three easy to medium run routes will take you to some of its present-day landmarks, exploring the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, River Don and Don Valley Bowl.
All routes start with a 100m marked track, where you can time yourself or race your friends. After turning a corner, they pass the cauldron for the flame from the old Don Valley Stadium, a reminder of the area’s sporting heritage. The routes rise uphill – with the option to climb to a viewpoint for a great panorama of the Don Valley.
The longer easy route continues onwards to do a loop of the Don Valley Bowl, a perfect spot for hill or interval training. The blue, medium route heads along the canal path to IKEA. Follow Weedon Street to the River Don and follow the Don Valley Way through the areas mix of industry and history. After hitting Attercliffe Cemetery, carry on through to Attercliffe Common and return to the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.
At the canal you can extend any route by crossing onto the canal towpath and heading to the city centre (3km) in one direction or Meadowhall shopping centre (2.5km) in the other.