With a third of Sheffield lying within the Peak District National Park, the obvious thing to do as a visitor looking to stretch your legs in the countryside is to jump on a bus and head to the outskirts of the city. However, with around 250 green spaces within the city boundary and endless options to access the Peak District, inside knowledge on where to head is key.

 
Here, local walking guide Steve Murfitt shares his top 5 walks for a visitor to The Outdoor City to experience a satisfying range of walks, views, and refreshments stops. 

Taking in both Low and High Bradfield villages, this walk has extensive views of the area throughout, with glimpses of the Dale Dike reservoir famous in the 1860’s Great Sheffield Flood, and two more of Bradfield’s reservoirs Strines and Damflask, before doing almost a full circuit of the fourth reservoir, Agden. Views of the Loxley Valley can be enjoyed from on high too, and also from St Nicholas Church at High Bradfield, which dates back to 1109, and enjoys the status of being one of only five Grade l listed buildings in Sheffield. The whole of this walk lies both within the Peak District National Park and the City of Sheffield.

This walk takes in quite a bit of Sheffield’s iconic Blue Loop route and the Upper Don Trail close to the city centre. Steeped in the history of the city, on this walk it is possible to learn about Salmon Pastures at Attercliffe, the spot on the canal where a scene from the Full Monty was filmed, colourful barges in the canal basin, the Dorothy Pax, Sheffield Castle, Sheffield's Nicaraguan Esteli Parade, Kelham Island, the grade II listed Royal Exchange flats on the Wicker, Lady's Bridge, Cobweb Bridge, and a Normandy Landings Bailey Bridge. 

This is a lovely walk in the suburbs of Sheffield with a real mixture of surroundings. Woods, parks and golf courses feature strongly in this walk which also includes a fair bit of history along the way too. From Millhouses Park the route heads off to Beauchief Abbey and Hall via Hutcliffe Wood before returning to the start through Ladies Spring Wood and Ecclesall Woods.

Another iconic Sheffield walk route. The trail takes its name from landowners the Dukes of Norfolk, and showcases a lot of the history of Sheffield. As well as the Tudor Manor Lodge, there’s also an ancient woodland, the rolling green space of one of the country’s oldest public parks, and memorials and monuments which serve as reminders of the epidemics and wars that have afflicted Sheffield over the centuries. There are also Victorian almshouses in the middle of some grand Victorian houses, a famous old cemetery and some great views of the city from on high.

Close to Sheffield city boundary, this walk is a must for all history lovers. Featuring two villages whose history is steeped in the 19c Industrial Revolution, the walk takes place mostly within the Fitwilliam Estate, with all its follies and Wentworth Woodhouse. Starting at the Elsecar Heritage Centre, which is worth an hour or two’s visit on its own, the walk passes the Needle’s Eye folly, the unusual three-sided Hoober Stand, and the Mausoleum on the way to Fitzwilliam’s stately home, Wentworth Woodhouse, and then passes through the beautiful village of Wentworth.

About Steve

Steve is an experienced and qualified walking guide. He has expert knowledge of Sheffield and the Peak District and runs the Sheffield and Peak District walking group.  Steve feels that Sheffield has got so much to offer when it comes to walking. Great river valleys (Rivelin and Loxley are in the book), amazing history (Blue Loop walk for the canal and River Don) and places like Beauchief Abbey (Millhouses walk). He says that all round the city at other places such as Shirebrook Valley, Whitley, Woolley Woods, Birley Edge, Greno Woods, Whitwell Moor, More Hall and Broomhead Reservoirs, Wyming Brook, Redmires, Lodge Moor, Ecclesall Woods to name but a few, there are some great places to walk in the city instead of people going into Derbyshire every time they want to stretch their legs!

Full instructive guides for all these walks and many more around Sheffield make up Steve's new book, Sheffield and Peak District Walks. You can purchase the book, priced at £11.95 and enquire about his guided walks by emailing Steve: sheffieldandpeakdistrictwalks@gmail.com 

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  1. Reg
    On the 11th of March 1941, I was born in the old church vicarage in Wentworth. My mother's sister was married to a local man.called Reg.
    Since the blitz was happening in Sheffield she was invited to stay there for the birth.
  2. Steve M
    That's a great old story. Was you brought up in Wentworth?

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