Rivelin Valley Nature Trail
This walk takes you through the lovely Rivelin River valley in Sheffield. The nature trail runs along the side of the rushing river which is surrounded by attractive woodland. Along the way you'll pass a series of weirs, and little waterfalls with a variety of interesting flora and fauna.
The walk starts at the car park off the Rivelin Valley Road and picks up the waterside trail to the pretty Rivelin Park. The park has a cafe, toilets and play area. You then follow the riverside path for about 2.5 miles with pretty ponds and stepping stones to look out for on the way. The area has a rich milling history with a series of dams and wheel pits dotted along the route.
To extend your walking in the area you can head east to the pretty Rivelin Dams. Here you can pick up a delightful waterside trail through the Wyming Brook Nature Reserve. This will lead you to the Redmires Reservoirs. These three interestingly shaped reservoirs have a great circular walking trail with woodland paths, climbs across the Peak District Moors and a wide variety of wildfowl and waders to look out for on the water.
Rivelin Valley Nature Trail Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Rivelin Valley Nature Trail Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Rivelin Valley Nature Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Rivelin Valley Nature Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
On the trail you will pass the splendid Rivelin Hotel at Tofts. You could stop here and enjoy a drink in the lovely beer garden which offers views of the green fields surrounding the pub. There's a great menu and selection of ales too. You can find the pub on Tofts Lane, just north of the river, at a postcode of S6 5SL.
At the western end of the trail you'll be very close to The Three Merry Lads pub. It's a great place for refreshments with a good menu and a nice beer garden with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. The fine Georgian pub can be found about half a mile south west of the route end at 610 Redmires Road with a postcode of S10 4LJ for your sat navs.
The trail makes for a great dog walk with lots of opportunities for a paddle! The pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly.