Strenuous excursion through the south westerly wooded valleys of Sheffield
|Length|| 27.7 km (17.3 mi), of which 11.2 km are on tarmac or concrete. Cumulative ascent/descent: 780/732m.
But shorter versions possible from from 15.0 km (9.4 mi) with cumulative ascent/descent of 430/365m.
Buses take you back to the station from various points on the route, for details see below.
|Toughness|| 10 out of 10 (up to). But in reality from 5 out of 10 to 10 out of 10, for details see below.
Time: 4–8 hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 14 hours.
|Map||OS Landranger Map: 110 (Sheffield & Huddersfield) OS Explorer Map: 278 (Sheffield & Barnsley)|
This walk leads from the hustle and bustle at the centre of one of the most populous British cities through gradually less urban areas into excellent walking country – with ancient escarpment woodlands, tumbling streams, panoramic views and plenty of bluebells in season – through the scenic, wooded valleys of Sheffield’s south west, the greenest and cleanest of Britain’s large towns.
Escape from Sheffield’s City Centre, first along streets and through the atmospheric landscaped Victorian General Cemetery, then the woodlands of the municipal Endcliffe Park and the narrow wooded Porter Valley (part ancient woodlands, part plantation or meadows) to a viewpoint on the edge of moorlands at the fringe of the Peak District, and from there to the early lunch option (with views) in Ringinglow.
Sheffield (Midland) Station is the terminus of the Midland Main Line from London St. Pancras, with up to two trains per hour (journey time from 118 mins Mondays-Saturdays, longer on Sundays).
To cut some – or all – of the tarmac-heavy urban stretches at the start take one of the bus shortcut options from Sheffield Interchange (see the walk directions for how to get there from the train station). Details about bus frequency, bus stops to use, and the exact walk route once off the bus are provided at the end of the main walk text under ‘Bus Shortcuts’:
You can take a train back to Sheffield from Dore & Totley Station (15.0 km/9.4 mi) on the Hope Valley Line (8 mins journey time).
|Lunch and Tea||
Endcliffe Park Café Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, South Yorks, S11 7AB (0114 266 3044). The Endcliffe Park Café is located 4.1 km (2.6 mi) into the walk. Open summer weekdays 09.00-17.00, winter weekdays 09.00-16.00, weekends 09.00-17.00.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk