GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Rotherham Walks - Rotherham Round

25 miles (40 km)

This minster town in South Yorkshire is a fine place for walkers with a number of country parks, riverside trails, local reservoirs and some lovely waymarked footpaths to try.
This is a circular walk through the countryside around the interesting Yorkshire town. The walk starts at All Saints' Parish Church in the town centre of Rotherham and circles the town on a series of footpaths and country lanes.
Walk highlights include views of the River Don and the Grade I listed Wentworth Woodhouse Country House with its lovely 150 acre park. You'll also pass close to the lovely Ulley Reservoir Country Park and Treeton Dyke at the southern end of the route.

Rotherham Round Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Walks near Rotherham

  • Wentworth Woodhouse - Explore the extensive parkland and gardens surrounding this Grade I listedcountry housein the village ofWentworth, nearRotherham.
    The circular walk starts in Wentworth village and picks up the Rotherham Round long distance trail to take you into Wentworth Park
  • Ulley Country Park - Enjoy a short walk or cycle around the beautiful Ulley Reservoir near Rotherham
  • Thrybergh Country Park - Enjoy a waterside walk around Thrybergh Reservoir in this beautiful country park in Rotherham.
  • Five Churches Walk - Visit five historic churches on this circular walk in South Rotherham
  • Westwood Country Park - This pretty country park is located near Wentworth and Rotherham in Yorkshire
  • Wharncliffe Woods - Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails through this large wooded area near Rotherham
  • Rother Valley Country Park - Rother Valley Country Park is located near Sheffield and is an excellent place for a peaceful waterside walk or cycle
  • Five Weirs Walk - This cycling and walking trail follows National Cycle Route 6 along the River Don from Sheffield City Centre to the Meadowhall Shopping centre
  • Barnsley Boundary Walk - A super circular walk around the South Yorkshire town.Walk highlights includes a series of lovely reservoirs, the beautiful Peak District scenery and the splendid Bretton Country Park
  • Trans Pennine Trail - This terrific walking and cycling trail runs from coast to coast across northern England entirely on surfaced paths
  • Treeton Dyke - This circular walk takes you around Treeton Dyke and woods in Rotherham.
  • Harthill Reservoir - This pretty reservoir is located in the village of Harthill in South Yorkshire
  • Pebley Reservoir - This walk visits Pebley Reservoir and Harthill Reservoir from the Derbyshire village of Barlborough


The Cutlers Arms is a good choice for refreshment in the town. The building dates from 1825 and has recently been restored to its former Edwardian splendour. The pub includes a garden area for warmer days. You can find them at 29 Westgate with a postcode of S60 1BQ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The country and woodland trails make for a fine dog walk. The Cutlers Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Boston Castle and Park is located to the south of the town. There are great views over the town from the elevated position of the castle. The site also includes beautiful gardens and Canklow Woods, an ancient woodland area. The area is a great place to continue your walking around Rotherham. You can find the park at 33 Boston Castle Grove with a postcode of S60 2BA.


Rotherham town centre weir on the River Don - - 684124

Rotherham town centre. Weir on the River Don The bridge on the left going out of picture provides pedestrian access to Tesco's from the town centre.

Boston Castle - Rotherham - - 191088

Boston Castle - Rotherham. The castle, built in 1775, was a hunting lodge owned by the Earl of Effingham. The Earl marked his objection to the harsh British treatment of the American colonies, by naming the lodge Boston Castle (after Boston, Massachusetts, the scene of the Boston Tea Party of 1775). He also banned tea drinking at the castle! The building has suffered badly from vandalism and is currently derelict. It stands on a hillside with fine views over the valley of the Rivers Don and Rother.

Blue Man's Bower - Rotherham - - 180939

Blue Man's Bower - an area of flooded grassland in the town. It includes a moated, raised area which is a scheduled monument, first known record 1668. The "ditch" which the cows are grazing in, is part of the moat. Part of the raised area can be seen to the right of the picture. It is managed to prevent erosion by grazing livestock.

Old Sandstone Quarry in Boston Park - - 191114

Old Sandstone Quarry in Boston Park. The park is located south of the town and another nice place for a stroll. Set into the face of this old sandstone quarry, is the 17th century doorway from a demolished Rotherham town building that incorporated the remains of the medieval College of Jesus founded by Thomas Rotherham in 1483 (centre of picture). The sandstone, known as Rotherham or Mexborough Red Rock, was extensively quarried in the area and is evident in many buildings in the town.

River Rother and flour mills - - 799469

River Rother and flour mills. The Rother has now only a few tens of metres to go before joining the Don. The flour mill clearly stands on the site of a historic water mill but there are now no signs of any weir that one would have expected to accompany it.

Rotherham Round Walk - - 799584

On the Rotherham Round Walk. At this point the Round Walk leaves The Tops to join Back Lane towards Nether Haugh.

On the Rotherham Round Walk ^1 - - 772693

Hoober stand in the background.

Wentworth Woodhouse - - 1039905

Wentworth Woodhouse.Home of the Earls Fitzwilliam. Facade blackened by smoke from factories during the industrial revolution. Wentworth lies on the Barnsley coal seam, mined by the Earls on their land and making them one of the richest British families in the 1900s. The wealth of the Fitzwilliam family is now managed by a trust, the last Earl left no heirs.

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