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Parks with a view

Sheffield is well known for its parks and gardens – with 730 green spaces city-wide, covering 3,230 hectares and attracting 25-40 million visits each year. Given all the hills in Sheffield it’s no surprise that many of our favourite parks find themselves incorporating a steep gradient or two. In these cases, there are some stunning views to enjoy across Sheffield and beyond.

We've already let you in on the views that can be enjoyed while mountain biking at Parkwood Springs or running at Graves Park. Here are four more of Sheffield's best parks with a view – perfect for pottering around at your own pace.

Manor Fields Park
Manor Fields Park is slightly hidden away and you’d be excused for missing it as you go past the main entrance off City Road, heading up towards Manor Top. The park has undergone a dramatic regeneration over the last 15 years and has become a much loved and valued facility with a unique identity and style. It contains wild flower meadows, ponds, streams, natural play areas, rock boulders, art installations, orchards, parkruns and a Green Flag. The site looks out over Attercliffe and towards the Don Valley, and the many paths meander down the valley between the Manor estate and City Road Cemetery towards Manor Lodge, allowing you to explore the site and its idiosyncrasies (my favourite being the stone slab boulder and carrot sculptures).

Norfolk Heritage Park. Photo by Gemma Thorpe.

Norfolk Hertitage Park / Cholera Monument Grounds
A five minute walk down the hill from Manor Fields towards the city centre is Norfolk Heritage Park. The park hosts a great adventure play area, bowls club, football pitches, a circular tree-lined promenade and rolling grass lands, all surrounded by a dense canopy of well established trees. There is also Centre in the Park, a multifunctional community building which includes a cafe with a sunny terrace overlooking the park towards the city centre. The park has two grand entrances from which you can cross Granville Road and enter Clay Wood, offering a woodland walk between Norfolk Park and the Cholera Monument. The monument is a memorial to the 402 victims of a cholera epidemic of 1832, who were buried in the grounds. The grounds are now dominated by the neo-gothic pinnacle that looks out across the city centre. From there, follow the green link leading down to Sheaf Valley Park and South Street Amphitheatre above the railway station, or continue on the path of the Norfolk Heritage Trail.

Bolehill Recreation Ground
Bolehill is tucked away on the far edge of Crookes and depending on the direction from which you approach, it isn’t necessarily obvious that you’re entering a park. But upon exploration, Bolehill provides a range of features with their own distinctive feel and identity: hedgerows and terraces, remnants of old allotment sites, woods and parklands, a play park, a BMX dirt track, football pitches, a bowling club, a floodlit ball games area, and rocky outcrops to perch upon and take in the main selling feature of Bolehills – the view. Looking out over the Loxley and Rivelin Valleys you’re given a panoramic vista straight out to the Peak District. Given the lack of obstructions to this westerly view, it remains the best spot in Sheffield for an enticing, lingering and spirit-lifting sunset throughout the year.

Meersbrook Park
Meersbrook Park is set in the grounds of the Grade II listed Meersbrook Hall. Both the park and the hall were acquired by the council in 1886 and the park became a much loved local green space. Meersbrook makes the most of it’s hill – it’s a real whopper and the most popular destination in Sheffield for sledging when it snows. The steep climb up also provides one of the best perspectives of Sheffield, which takes in the majority of the city centre and surrounding areas. The view was once painted by JMW Turner, from nearby Derbyshire Lane adjacent to the park, and his admiration of the view is now celebrated through its addition to the Turner Trail. Meersbrook Park is also home to a walled garden, a bowls club, the now community run Meersbrook Hall and one of the oldest buildings in Sheffield Bishops’ House.

Written by Luke Wilson

26.09.2016

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