Northern England: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Distance: 8.5km/5½ miles
Time: 2¼ hours
Where: Family-friendly figure-of-eight walk around Meadowhall and Blackburn Meadows Nature Reserve.
Start: Meadowhall South
End: Tinsley Supertram Stop
Terrain: Mainly pavements, with some off-road paths.
Maps: OS Explorer 278 and Landranger 111.
This easy, family-friendly walk takes you through a fascinating post-industrial area that was once at the heart of steelmaking in Sheffield and Rotherham. It’s now home to the vast Meadowhall shopping complex and the Magna Science Discovery Centre, which has an adventure playground for children. Much of the route follows a canal towpath which is a corridor of wildlife among the development. And there’s more flora and fauna to discover along the banks of the River Don and at Blackburn Meadows Nature Reserve, where bird hides afford views over several lakes and their feathered migrating visitors.
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