Sheffield Round Walk
This circular walk takes you on a tour of the parks, countryside, woods, waterways and villages surrounding the Yorkshire city of Sheffield. The walk is signposted and runs for about 14 miles so can be completed in a day.
You can start the walk from any number of places but this route starts from the lovely Endcliffe Park in the Sharrow Vale area of the city. You enter the park at Hunters Bar and then follow the pretty Porter Brook through woodland to Bingham Park at the western end. You continue along the brook through Bingham Park and Whiteley Woods passing the Forge Dam and a nice cafe on the way.
After emerging from the woods you head through the lovely countryside of the Mayfield Valley along Clough Lane. This leads to the peaceful wooded area of Porter Clough where you turn south to the little village of Ringinglow on the edge of the Peak District National Park. After passing through the village you then head through the pretty Limb Valley with the Limb Brook and nice woodland trails to enjoy on this section.
The next stage takes you through one of the real highlights in Whirlow Brook Park. Here you'll find Rhododendrons, Azaleas, woodland, surfaced footpaths, gorgeous gardens and a rock pool with a waterfall.
After leaving the park you continue south east through Ecclesall Woods where you'll pass the delightful Abbeydale Miniature railway. You continue towards Beauchief Abbey passing through Ladies Spring Wood on the way. The Limb Brook runs through this area of ancient woodland with a variety of birds to look out for. These include nuthatch, the green woodpecker, the great spotted woodpecker and the lesser spotted woodpecker. Beauchief Park includes the remains of the 12th century Beauchief Abbey, a 17th century church and a pretty mill pond.
The route continues east to Meadow Head and Graves Park. The park is a mixture of open parkland and woodland, with several streams and three lakes. There is also an animal farm with many rare breeds of cattle, pigs, chickens and donkeys.
After Graves park you turn north through Lees Hall golf club and Meersbrook Park. The final section takes you through Chelsea Park and Brincliffe before finishing back at Endcliffe Park.