Did you know a whopping 61% of Sheffield is green space? We're still yet to find another city in the world with a higher percentage than this...

Sheffield actually has more than 800 managed green spaces across 4,000 hectares within the city boundary. With so much on offer, we wanted to create something to help demonstrate how accessible greenspaces are in The Outdoor City and so we've commissioned a ‘Greenground Map’.

Fitting all Sheffield's green spaces onto a map would get a bit too busy visually, so we've chosen to highlight 356 of these, to help show you how they can all be connected, wherever you happen to be in the city. 

Whether you live in Sheffield or are just paying a visit, the Sheffield Greenground Map is available to Download for FREE here, so you can start exploring the city more. 

Sheffield's green spaces are really diverse too – from ancient woodland to public parks to peatland bog, with one third of the city sitting in the Peak District National Park and five rivers intersecting our neighbourhoods and communities.

Sheffield Hallam University has 273 species of flora and fauna across its two campus sites alone, whilst Sheffield City Council manage 180 designated woodland sites (of which 70 are ancient Woodland), and The University of Sheffield has about 10,500 trees across their estate. Speaking of which, it’s estimated there are approximately 4.5 million trees in Sheffield in total – meaning there are more trees per person here than any other city in Europe.

Drawing on rivers, activity and geography themes as key ‘lines’ – as well as featuring the Sheffield Round Walk and Sheffield Greenway Walk, the Greenground Map demonstrates how parks, open spaces, recreation grounds, waterways, woodlands, and the Peak District National Park are all accessible for everyone to enjoy, no matter what their background or physical ability.

For the more adventurous, it also includes information to indicate where the best spots are for kayaking, bouldering, climbing, birdwatching and biking, as well as key viewpoints of the city and campsites.

We'll also be releasing an initial printed run of of the Sheffield Greenground Map, distributing 22,000 copies around the whole of the city and neighbouring areas – so keep your eyes out in your local shops, cafes, libraries and visitor centres to pick up a fold-up printed version soon. 

Greenground Maps are a concept created by Helen Ilus from Tallinn. Having spent time in London, she wanted to promote the fact that whilst the tube network is great, there are healthier and more enjoyable and sustainable ways to get around via networks of greenspaces. She has since designed maps for Edinburgh and Bristol too – but the Sheffield Greenground Map is the first time she has been directly commissioned to create one.

Working on this project, Helen said: “I've learned so much about Sheffield while making this map and I can honestly say it's the coolest city I've worked with. I don't know any other UK city with so much open space and opportunities to go out and get active. I hope this map will inspire more people to walk, cycle and experience Sheffield as a truly green, connected and open city.”

Whether you walk, run, ride, boulder, paddleboard or unicycle your way through our hills, Sheffield is a city that demands exploration and hopefully the Sheffield Greenground Map can help you explore more of it, by using the green spaces in between.

With our rich culture and heritage intertwined with the ability to participate in so much physical activity, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a pro climber or an amateur wanderer – you can get immersed in everything The Outdoor City has to offer.


The Outdoor City would like to thank Move More, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Property Association and Sheffield Hallam University for their kind donations in helping make this project come to fruition – and of course Helen Ilus for coming up with such a great concept and working with us to produce this.




  1. JRH
    Excellent idea, definitely a good thing for Sheffield to play to one of its key strengths. A couple of misprints have crept it: "Tufts Wood" is Tofts Wood, and "Parsons Cross" is Parson Cross.
  2. KJP
    Another small error. There is no Carr House Plantation - there is Carr House Meadows which is a S&R Wildlife Trust reserve.
  3. E’son
    Why is Sensical Park in Oughtibridge not shown on the Greenspace Map? It is a lovely natural area of beauty with a public footpath running through that starts at bottom of Church Street alongside Oughtibridge Medical Centre and comes back out onto Church Street just below Wheel Lane.
  4. E’son
    Spelling correction. Sensicall Park.
  5. The Outdoor City
    Thank you JRH, KJP and E'son for your comments.

    JRH - apologies, these are good spots, we will aim to get these amended in the next version. Thank you.

    KJP - our rangers and parks managers looked through the map and were happy with it - perhaps there's a difference in terminology as to how different people know different spaces, but sounds like adding the Meadows would be a good idea in v2.

    E'son - we haven't even been able to feature half of Sheffield's green spaces in this, v1 map... we just have too many! Our thinking is if it is well received and people see value in it, we can do another version where we possibly break down Sheffield in to smaller areas and then we can cover many more of our over 800 spaces.
    Also it seems Sensicall Park is not on Google Maps - and our priority for this version has been to make sure places on the map can easily be found either via Google or OS so people can look at how to get to them and what else is close by. Perhaps someone from the Friends of Sensicall Park group could look at adding a pin to Google Maps and then we can pick it up in the next version?
  6. Danielle
    Burngreave Cemetery has been missed off, which is a shame as it's the one of biggest green spaces in the area - loads of wildlife there
  7. SPRT
    Queens Road Sheaf Woodland is locked off to the public (behind yellow box), although we'd love it be open again.

    We also updated the (patchy) River Sheaf Walk map this year too.

    Thank you for highlighting the rivers as a key feature of the map :)


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