GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Five Weirs Walk

6 miles (9.5 km)

This popular cycling and walking trail follows National Cycle Route 6 along the River Don from Sheffield City Centre to the Meadowhall Shopping centre. The route starts atLady's Bridgein Sheffield City Centre, and heads over the Cobweb Bridge, past Bailey Bridge, and throughAttercliffeto Meadhowhall. Along the way you will pass the five weirs from which the route takes its name. It's also a great way to see Sheffield's industrial past and present with lots of interesting riverside buidlings along the way. The path is flat and well maintained so it's a good cycle ride for families.
At Meadowhall the route links with the Sheffield Canal. If you're on foot you could return along the canal (the towpath is a bit narrow for bikes). This would turn it into the 8-mile circular walk known as The Sheffield Blue Loop. You could also continue along the river to Rotherham along the Trans Pennine Trail. This takes you past the Blackburn Meadows Nature Reserve and into the city centre.

Five Weirs Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Five Weirs Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The large shopping complex of Meadowhall has a number of good options for refreshments at the end of your exercise.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The walk forms part of the Don Valley Way, a long distance route which can be followed all the way to Doncaster along the river. It runs for just under 30 miles with long sections also suitable for cyclists.
For more riverside walking in the city you could pick up the River Sheaf Walk at Granville Square, near the train station. The trail will take you to the attractive Millhouses Park and Beauchief, where you will find a medieval monastichouse with parkland and ancient ruins.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Five Weirs Walk

Five Weirs Walk. A view from Attercliffe

The end of the Five Weirs Walk (geograph 3672711)

The end of the Five Weirs Walk. Meadowhall shopping centre built on the Hadfields steelworks site and their weir on the Don. Meadowhall is the largest shopping centre inYorkshire and was constructed in the 1990s. Features include a wide range of retail shops, the Oasis dining area and a cinema. There are also two tram stops here.

The last of Sheffield's five weirs walk (or the first if you are starting here) - - 1251399

The last of Sheffield's five weirs (or the first if you are starting here). Appropriately named Walk Mill weir,the city centre is now very near.

The Bailey Bridge (geograph 3669971)

The Bailey Bridge. Erected here in 2006 to carry the Five Weirs Walk over the River Don between Effingham Road and Thomas W. Ward's Albion Works. The bridge dates from WWII and is thought to have been used in the D-Day landings.

Salmon Pastures Local Nature Reserve - - 1237957

Salmon Pastures Local Nature Reserve. This footpath, part of the walk, runs between the Salmon Pastures Local Nature Reserve and the River Don. This area was once the slag heap of the Nunnery Coal Company's coke ovens. The acidic soil conditions have created an 'acid heath' environment which is maintained by periodically clearing invasive birch trees.

Spider Bridge, Sheffield - - 725515

Spider Bridge. At this point the walk is suspended below the railway arches that once supported Victoria station and above the River don.

River Don at Attercliffe Road - - 1222761

River Don at Attercliffe Road. The River Don looking towards the Midland Railway viaduct as seen from the 'Birdcage' on the trail.

The River Don near Attercliffe Cemetery - - 1426434

The River Don near Attercliffe Cemetery. This section of the Don once took a longer loop South of here. The river was diverted and canalised by the Duke of Norfolk Estate in 1884. The left bank of the in this picture is part of the trail.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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