The Sheffield Round Walk

Suitable for:11 to 16, 16+

One of the things that makes our city so special is the mix of urban and green space. One minute you’re in a built-up area, the next you’re in a wood with a stream running through it. The Sheffield Round Walk is designed to show off all the best bits. It’s a fun way to learn how our city fits together and how close we are to nature. 

The whole walk is 15 miles long (about 7 hours), but you don’t have to do it all at once. The route is broken into four sections of roughly four miles each. Each section is an enjoyable walk with lots to see. There are starting points at Abbeydale Road South, Endcliffe Park, Gleadless Valley and Ringinglow.

Rucksacks at the ready

You could do the full route, choose one section of it, or do the whole thing over a few weekends, one bit at a time.

Take whatever you need to record to your experience. That could be a camera, a notebook or a sketchpad or some combination of the three. It’s interesting to note the changing sounds as you move through different environments – you could record sounds on your phone or describe them in writing.

You may well find buildings of historical interest, animals and birds you haven’t seen before and special places you didn’t know existed. Why not share your discoveries? Use #sheffieldroundwalk to share and inspire others.

Abbeydale train
Abbeydale train

A pair of sturdy walking shoes or boots. If you’re buying new ones, try to break them in a bit before you walk a long way. Make sure you have the right clothes for the weather, some water and a snack or two. 

You can download the Outdoor City Round Walk guide.

The routes are signposted, but it’s a good idea to take a Sheffield A–Z map with you, or a phone with GPS, just in case you wander off the main track!

For detail on the different sections of the walk, see the Outdoor City website.

Our rivers and woodlands are places that we enjoy for pleasure, but in the past the rivers and woodlands were places that people lived and worked. Grow Theatre have created an audio adventure and guided walk through Ecclesall Woods – which you pass through on the Sheffield Round Walk – download it to learn how archaeology can teach us how to understand the past.