6 city walks Sheffield: best urban trails to stretch your legs during lockdown - from Manor Fields Park to the Five Weirs Walk

Walking has soared in popularity with many shops, pubs and restaurants closed during the Covid pandemic

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 5:21 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 5:27 pm

There is nothing quite like a breath of fresh air to reinvigorate the mind, body and soul.

One of the few positives of the coronavirus pandemic has been the chance to explore outdoor areas close to home and appreciating those walks and landmarks on the doorstep.

Due to the closure of many shops, pubs and restaurants, walking has soared in popularity over the past year as we look forward to stretching our legs in our free time.

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The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, is one of city's top attractions - how many can you tick off on these walks? (Pic: PA)
The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, is one of city's top attractions - how many can you tick off on these walks? (Pic: PA)

A third national lockdown has put further restrictions on our lives, meaning we can only go outdoors once a day for exercise in our local area - so why make that walk a pleasant one?

Here are six city walks in Sheffield.

Manor Fields Park

Located just off City Road in the heart of the city, this one mile walk around Manor Fields Park is ideal for a quick breather.

Family friendly, and accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs, the stroll around the park will briefly take you away from city life.

Start at the entrance on City Road in between the Premier store and York House where a row of trees will guide you into the park.

If you feel like a longer walk then take in the Manor Library, or head in the opposite direction towards the Manor Lodge Discovery Centre.

City Centre Circular Walk

Explore Sheffield and delve into its history with a two-mile exploration of the city's civil engineering past and present.

Start at the Winter Garden near the Town Hall and get a glimpse into the makings of the great city while also getting your steps in.

At roughly two miles, this walk is an enjoyable length and will appeal to new and regular visitors to the city, finishing at the Millennium Square.

From the Winter Garden, head to Howard Street, the train station, up to Pond Hill, and take a left at Park Square on Commercial Street. Follow the road round to Church Street, Leopold Street, Barker's Pool then back to where you began through the Peace Gardens.

Iron Age to Steel Age Walk

See part of Sheffield's ancient and industrial landscapes in this three-mile linear walk from Meadowhall to Barnsley Road.

The walk is fairly straightforward with mainly surfaced paths and takes in the ancient bank and ditch of Roman Ridge, Wincobank Hill fort and the burnt remains of the furnaces which produced the famous Sheffield Steel, Crozzle.

Perfect for a morning's walk.

Parsons Cross and Longley Parks Cross Walk

A walk around the two parks will take roughly two hours and is a fairly smooth surfaced route, with some gradients along the way.

Start on Crowder Road and enter Longley park near to the playground before making your way through the 21 hectares towards Elm Lane exit.

Cross the road and enter Parson Cross Park, up past the Rose Garden and left at Holgate Crescent before circling back down the other side of the park, which boasts some stunning views of Sheffield.

High Hazels Park and 70 Acre Hill

Located on the edge of Darnall, the two-hour walk around the parks includes greenlands, wetlands and highland cattle.

Smooth paths are lined by trees and if you need a break from walking then take a seat on one of the many benches the parks offer.

With views across the city, it is a desirable spot for many visitors looking to stretch their legs for some peace and quiet.

The Trans Pennine Trail skirts the edge of 70 Acre Hill.

Five Weirs Walk

A five-mile walk from Sheffield city centre to Meadowhall along the River Don and the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal is the perfect escape.

As the name suggests, it takes in five weirs along the walk: Walk Mill Weir, Burton Weir, Sanderson's Weir, Brightside Weir and Hadfield's Weir.

Adjacent to the walk is the Salmon Pastures - a small nature reserve managed by the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham.