How the Sheffield Round Walk can show you the best the city has to offer on a perfect day out

While we all still need to stay at home, it is still possible to go outdoors for exercise so why not make the most of what the city has to offer by going out the Sheffield round walk?

Sunday, 25th April 2021, 7:00 am

How do I get there from Sheffield city centre?

The 15-mile walk begins and ends in Endcliffe Park To get there from the city centre using a vehicle, you can do that by going via the A625. If you are walking instead the quickest route is to head to Fitzwilliam Gate, and from there turn left on to Moore Street and follow the A625 down to Hunters Bar roundabout, which is next to Endcliffe Park.

What route should I take?

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Looking over Sheffield from Meersbrook Park. Picture: Chris Etchells
Looking over Sheffield from Meersbrook Park. Picture: Chris Etchells

There are four sections of the 15 mile loop that makes up the Sheffield circular walk, which in order are the Porter Valley, Limb Valley, Sheaf Valley and Gleadless Valley. You can split the sections, or you can do it in one go which takes approximately six to seven hours.

The first section which runs from Endcliffe Park to the Porter Valley, takes you to the Forge Dam and from there to Ringinglow on the edge of the Peak District National Park. This section of the walk is flat and is suitable for children and people with limited mobility.

From Ringinglow, the second section of the route descends alongside the Limb Brook and through the picturesque Whirlowbrook Hall. After that, it continues on to Whirlow Playing Fields and on to Ecclesall Woods.

Section three of the circular walk starts at Abbeydale Road South and goes on to a Ladies Spring Wood, where there is a steep climb. From there, it takes you along a country lane in the direction of Beauchief Abbey. After that the route takes you through Chancet Wood, crosses Meadowhead, before taking you towards Graves Park.

Sheffield parks over a week into easing of the lockdown rules. Endcliffe park.

The next section of the walk starts at Hemsworth Road, and goes through Carr Wood, past Meersbrook Allotments and onto Meersbrook Park. The route takes you past Bishops House, and then on to Abbeydale Road. From there, the route takes you through residential areas in Nether Edge and Hunters Bar and past Brincliffe Edge Woods and Chelsea Park before taking you back to Endcliffe Park.

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Beauchief Abbey, Sheffield. Picture: Scott Merrylees

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5 January 2021...... Ecclesall Woods in Sheffield walking route. Picture Tony Johnson