When planning a Yorkshire walking holiday or day out, most people automatically think about North Yorkshire as the ideal destination. However, there are plenty of opportunities for walking in South Yorkshire too. So just to wet your appetite, included below are some excellent walking opportunities in South Yorkshire, all of which are easily accessible from the vibrant city of Sheffield, and hence you could if you wish combine your walking trip with a city break.
Located approximately 10 miles to the North West of Sheffield is the wonderful area of Bradfield, which although in Yorkshire is actually located within the Peak District National Park. Bradfield is a beautiful rural location which runs along the River Loxley valley and is surrounded by the foothills of the Pennines. The twin villages of High Bradfield and Low Bradfield are surrounded by lush rolling farmland, various woods and the reservoirs of Dam Flask, Agden, Dale Dike & Strines, which provide drinking water to the city of Sheffield, and form a beautiful backdrop to the region. The area is criss-crossed by a wealth of public footpaths and bridleways which are ideal for short walks or extended walking breaks. A series of set walks of varying lengths have been published by Bradfield Parish Council and can be purchased in local shops and pubs.
The Ewden Valley
The hidden gem of Ewden Valley is located just off the A6102 to the North of Sheffield between Oughterbridge and Stocksbridge, and extends from the village of Bolsterstone set high on the surrounding hills, and down to the reservoirs of Ewden and More Hall. The area is typified by beautiful countryside and quaint villages, and there are numerous footpaths and walks suitable for both short family walks and more extended days out. There are also further more challenging walking opportunities for the more adventurous.
To the south west of Sheffield, and set in the Peak District National Park, lies the imposing and quite dramatic escarpment of Stanage Edge, with its highest point ‘High Neb’ set 458 metres above sea level. During the industrial revolution the rocks were used to produce grindstones and remnants can still be seen. Stanage Edge and the surrounding heather moorlands attract both climbers and walkers from around the UK and overseas. An excellent short walk is from nearby Redmires along well signposted footpaths and the paved moorland footpath to Stanage Edge for a picnic and then back again. This will take no more than two to three hours, and is suitable for families. For a more adventurous and full day out, walkers can take a bus from Sheffield city centre to Lodge Moor, and then walk to Redmires, up onto Stanage Edge, and then leaving Yorkshire walk into Derbyshire and down to the village of Bamford and then onto Hathersage. At Hathersage there are a selection of shops and tea rooms and more importantly a regular bus service for the return journey to Sheffield.