Get fit and discover Sheffield with more urban and woodland run routes

Runners try the new route at Park Hill
Runners try the new route at Park Hill
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There are now even more ways to explore Sheffield on foot while getting fit and healthy.

The city council yesterday unveiled new run routes in seven places, adding to those created last year as part of The Outdoor City project.

There are now 30 signed routes in 14 locations, giving people simple-to-follow trails through parks and woodlands.

Each is colour coded depending on difficulty, and all loop back to a clear starting point with a map.

The council’s director of public health Greg Fell said: “As The Outdoor City, Sheffield is becoming increasingly well-known for its unique blend of outdoor activity and city culture.

“And what is particularly special about the run route project is that the signed trails are not confined to spaces which people may traditionally associate with walking or running.

Each route is clearly signposted

Each route is clearly signposted

“From the urban city centre routes to Thorncliffe in the north, Rivelin in the west, Shire Brook in the east and Ecclesall Woods in the south of the city, we’ve tried to incorporate these new routes into communities across Sheffield, to ensure that everyone, regardless of where they live, can join in.

“Ability is also no object. While the trails are graded from easy through to challenging, there is no expectation as to how fast people should take them. It’s all about finding your own pace, whether that’s a hard fast run or a short gentle stroll with the family.”

The new routes are in the city centre, Rivelin, High Hazels, Firth Park, Shire Brook Nature Reserve, Thorncliffe and Wharncliffe.

The first phase of the project included Concord Park and Woolley Woods, Ecclesall Woods, Bradfield, Graves Park, Lowfield, Manor Fields Park, and Ponderosa and Crookes Valley.

New routes have been created in seven locations

New routes have been created in seven locations

As well as the signed routes, led runs with trained running leaders are also taking place at several of the sites. These include Ecclesall Routes, Rivelin Valley, Bradfield and Shire Brook Nature Reserve.

Organised runs to try out the new routes will also take place throughout Move More Month in June.

These will be held at the Ponderosa park from 12.30pm on June 7, meeting at Weston Park Bandstand; at Thorncliffe from 7pm June 14, meeting at the new sports centre; at Firth Park from 11am on June 24, meeting at Henry’s Café; and from the car park of High Hazels Park from 7pm on June 30.

Visit www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/the-outdoor-city-run-routes/

There are various levels of difficulty

There are various levels of difficulty