We have 61% greenspace here, which is the highest percentage of any city in the world. Everywhere is walkable, and 1/3 of the city is in the Peak District National Park, meaning Sheffield is a destination for boulders, climbers, MTBers and runners in its own right.
But none of this excludes the culture, cuisine, nightlife and feel that you get from the country's 4th largest city. Ultimately, we think we've got the best of both worlds, smashed together in one amazing place.
Whether you're a beginner looking to get into the sport from scratch or a budding enthusiast looking to move here to get a bit more work/life balance, here's some inspiration to whet your appetite whilst you're in The Outdoor City.
Head straight out to the UK’s only inner-city mountain bike trail at Parkwood Springs, take in some big views and berms at Lady Cannings Plantation or venture north to Sheffield's Greno Woods for some technical trails through the trees. Beyond the city boundary, a whole network of trails and bridleways will take you into the heart of the stunning Peak District National Park.
From urban jogs and park runs to fells and ultras, the opportunities for running in Sheffield are vast, so we’ve choice-picked some of the best routes and sights to share with you. We also have the city’s dedicated network of Run Routes to keep you on track.
In a lot of cities you have to chuck your bike on a roof rack or get on a train to get some decent cycling in. The fact that 1/3 of our city is in the Peak District means that you just clip in out the front door - so for those looking for a weekend away where you can make the most of city life and the outdoors, it doesn't come much better than Sheffield.
With scenic viewpoints, lush valleys, weaving waterways and ancient woodland, plus the Peak District on the doorstep, there's so much natural beauty to enjoy in Sheffield: The Outdoor City and often the best way to do this is on foot.
Whether it's in the city on the canals or on the edges in the reservoirs of the Peak District, there are numerous activity providers who can guide you, instruct you, lead you and hire you everything you'll need to make the most of The Outdoor City.
Sheffield actually has more than 800 managed green spaces across 4,000 hectares within the city boundary. With so much on offer, we wanted to create something to help demonstrate how accessible greenspaces are in The Outdoor City and so we commissioned a ‘Greenground Map’ from designer Helen Ilus.
We have 61% greenspace within our borders, we have more trees per person than any other city in Europe, we have over 800 managed greenspaces across 4,000 hectares of land, and it’s recently coming to light that we have more peatland bog than any other city too (which tops the charts for carbon capture). These facts are a source of great pride, but come with a duty to look after what we have.
Walking, running, climbing, biking, wild swimming, caving, kayaking, orienteering... the list goes on. And if you can't find what you need within the city boundary then fear not, as it won't be far away.
Every March, the city spends a month celebrating the fact that the evenings are getting lighter and the weather a bit kinder - meaning the outdoors kind of opens itself back up to us. Alongside headline events that draw competitors and creators from around the world, we invite everyone to join in activities, film screenings, walks, community events, nature explorations, cultural happenings and everything else in between.
A yearly celebration of getting around on two feet. The festival always coincides with National Heritage Week, meaning a lot of the walks have a slant towards exploring our past and heritage sites.
Every Summer for one weekend, the city centre transforms into a hub of adventure with Cliffhanger. With the help of our partners, Sheffield BID, there are activities on show from mountain biking to skateboarding and climbing to ziplining. Plus we also host, right on Devonshire Green, the BMCs British Bouldering Championships on a purpose built outdoor wall for everyone to watch.
Luckily we are also one of Europe's brewing capitals
This is the 4th largest city in the country. We have some of the most exciting food & drink in the North, a load of free galleries and museums, cafes, parks, bookshops and craft beer... oh, and did we mention our music scene and nightlife?
Maybe one weekend isn't enough after all...What else?
The Outdoor City is really easily accessible by train or by car (if you're bringing bikes or mats!).
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