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Countryside in the city, on the Round Walk

Illustration by Claire at Eleven.

The 14-mile Sheffield Round Walk cuts through beautiful park and woodland to the south-west of the city, much of which was gifted by wealthy benefactors.

The best thing about the Round Walk is that you can join it at any point, making a day of it or just heading 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 miles or so from the start of the walk at Endcliffe Park, gently rising 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 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.

Carry on following signposts bearing the walk's acorn symbol and you'll meet alpacas at Ringinglow, on the very edge of the Peak District, passing through more beautiful woodland, by Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Beauchief Abbey, before completing the Round Walk at Graves Park.

See Our Favourite Places for a map of this stretch of the walk. Or order a guidebook if you want to take on the full Sheffield Round Walk.

Written by Claire Thornley



Start: Endcliffe Park, Hunters Bar, off Rustlings Road, S11 7AA.
Parking: Rustlings Road.
Public transport: Bus numbers 83, 88, 121.
Distance: 14 miles in total. (2 miles on the Endcliffe Park to Forge Dam stretch).
Route map: GPX export on Strava.
View Endcliffe-Forge Dam section.
Order a guidebook to the walk.
Where to eat & drink: A caffeine kick from the Wheel Coffee van by Shepherd Wheel.
Egg and chips at Endcliffe Park Cafe.
Ice cream at Forge Dam Cafe.

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