1/3 of Sheffield lies within the Peak District National Park. We are the spiritual home of climbing in the UK, with unrivalled downhill mountain biking and infamous road cycling.
But it's not all about adrenaline fuelled activities. We are also a city to spend time in, where the rivers and hills connect culture and communities, ultimately making Sheffield one of the most liveable places you'll find, and one of the reasons we were ranked the Greenest City in the UK by a NatWest survey.
Whether you want some gnarly trails or scenic views, we've got you covered.
From fascinating urban strolls to unexpected routes from city parks into the Peak District itself, the opportunities to explore Sheffield on foot are vast. Our annual Walking Festival is a great showcase for the variety of walking available.
If the weather is bad we have some of the best indoor facilities in the country. But if it's good, you're in for a treat on the gritstone close to the city as well as the limestone in nearby areas of the Peak District. There's a reason Team GB Climbing base themselves here you know.
Some of the most fabulous hill climbs, scenery and city to country cycling you'll find in the whole nation.
What better way to see a city? In ours you can run through industrial heritage into a national park without breaking a sweat.
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.
The infamous Kinder Scout Trespass in 1932 led to the creation of the UK's first National Park. And luckily for us, one whole third of our city lies within the Peak District.
Culture and nature, people and peaks. Summer is amazing, and even more so in Sheffield as there's so much to do outdoors and all the cultural happenings and festivals too! Have a watch of this to get a feel, and we'll see you in the coming months...
There are loads of great activity providers in the city who can take you out, rent you gear, and generally mean you get to experience the best of what's on offer without needing to worry about where to go or what to bring.
Luckily we are also one of Europe's brewing capitals
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.
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 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.
We've got lots of suggestion for walks in Sheffield for you to explore here, but these are two of the best with plenty of fascinating things to see along the way.
A 15-mile loop from the urban to the rural at the southwestern edges of the city – taking in leafy parkland, woodland streams, and pretty suburbs. You can split the route into more manageable sections or tackle the whole thing in one go for a challenge.
A walk through centuries of Sheffield history – from the middle ages to the modern, via the Tudors, Victorians and two world wars. The trail takes its name from the Dukes of Norfolk, who previously owned much of the land it covers, having inherited it from the Earls of Shrewsbury.
Julia Bradbury guides you round some of her favourite Sheffield walks, covering the hills and the peaks right down to the canals and industrial heritage of the city.
Videos of the walks
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