GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Sheffield Canal

4 miles (6 km)

Follow the towpath of the Sheffield Canal on this waterside walk in Yorkshire. The canal runs from the Sheffield Canal Basin in the city centre to Tinsley, next to the Meadowhall centre. Along the way there are a number of locks and stone bridges. It's quite a narrow towpath so it's probably best suited for walkers. The canal featured in the opening scene of the 1997 filmThe Full Monty.
The route starts at the attractive Victoria Quays in Sheffield. You then head north east through Attercliffe, passing the Don Valley Stadium on the way. You then pass Tinsley Locks before finishing at Meadowhall. The huge indoor shopping centre has plenty of restaurantsfor refreshments at the end of your walk.
The River Don also runs to Meadowhall from the city centre so you could return along the Five Weirs Walk. This follows a waterside path along the river and is suitable for cyclists and walkers.


S2 5SY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Sheffield Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Sheffield Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Dorothy Pax at Victoria Quays is an interesting place to stop at. The pub'sname comes from a 1914 Sheffield Keel known as The Dorothy Pax. The bar itself is made from the famous boat. There's a nice, large outdoor seating area where you can relax and enjoy fine views over the quays on warmer days.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more waterside 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


Sheffield Canal Basin - - 3055

Sheffield Canal Basin or Victoria Quays, looking west, showing the Straddle Warehouse built on stilts across the basin.

Aqueduct on Sheffield Canal - - 57507

Aqueduct on Sheffield Canal. Just over a couple of kilometres away from the terminus in Sheffield, the canal turns to head NE in its route towards Meadowhall. It also needs to cross over Darnall Road / Worksop Road (via an 'acadock' - local pronunciation!). The road dips down sharply to accommodate the canal and railway, giving rise to an area under the bridges often flooded in periods of sudden heavy rain. In the distance, the floodlight towers for the Don Valley Stadium can be seen.

Disused staith, Sheffield canal basin - - 1760462

Disused staith, Sheffield canal basin. This was used to tip mineral [probably coal?] into boats.

Sheffield and Tinsley Canal lock gates ^2 - - 610225

Sheffield and Tinsley Canal lock gates. Very near the Meadowhall shopping mall.

Sheffield and Tinsley Canal, Sheffield - - 726364

The canal was opened in 1814 to allow boats to reach the centre of Sheffield from the highest navigable point on the River Don at Tinsley. This boatyard, where new narrowboats appeared to be under construction, is close to the end of the canal at Sheffield Basin. The gas works behind are on the opposite side of Sussex Street.

Sheffield, Victoria Quays - - 495358

Victoria Quays. This warehouse was ingeniously built across the canal in the late 19th century, to overcome the problem of lack of space.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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