Northern England – Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Distance: 5km/3 miles
Type: Short, urban
Where: Circular walk around Sheffield city centre via Weston Park and
Crookes Valley Park.
Start/End: Cathedral Supertram stop (SK354874).
Terrain: Mainly pavements, park paths and pedestrian areas.
Maps: OS Explorer 278; Landranger 111.
This route is one of hundreds written by volunteers – many of whom are Ramblers – for the Get Walking Keep Walking scheme, a Ramblers-led initiative to encourage more people to walk every day and improve their health. In the two years since it started, hundreds of people have enjoyed the 12-week walking programme in cities across England, and thousands more have taken up Get Walking packs to do it on their own. This Sheffield-based walk is written by the veteran Ramblers volunteer Terry Howard, who has been laying on outreach walks with the Ramblers for over 25 years (read more about him on p38). It’s pretty flat by Sheffield standards, and takes you from the medieval part of town to where it expanded westwards and uphill. Along the way you’ll see some of Sheffield’s most famous buildings: the cathedral, where you start and finish; the oldest brick building in Sheffield, Old Bank House; the City Hall; the City Museum; and parts of the University of Sheffield. You’ll also visit two popular parks – Weston Park and Crookes Valley Park. Many more easy walking routes like this are available free at www.getwalking.org.uk – just one of the many ways in which the Ramblers is trying to encourage a healthier Britain.
Click below to see a route profile and view the route on an Ordnance Survey map