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Beauchief Abbey

Beauchief Abbey

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Sheaf Square

Sheaf Square

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Park Hill Estate

Park Hill Estate

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Sheffield Circular via Porter, Limb, Sheaf and Gleadless Valleys Walk

Strenuous excursion through the south westerly wooded valleys of Sheffield

Length from 15.0 km (9.4 mi) to 27.7 km (17.3 mi), of which 5.0 to 11.2 km are on tarmac or concrete. Cumulative ascent/descent: from 430/365 to 780/732m.
Buses take you back to the station from various points on the route, for details see below
Toughness from 5 out of 10 to 10 out of 10 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 and panoramic views – 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.
Continue by descending through the steep-sided Limb Valley, Whirlow Brook Park and Ecclesall Woods to Dore, a late lunch stop and your first chance for an early finish: a train or a bus back to the City Centre. Several other opportunities for early finishes by bus arise in the further stages of the walk, whose following woodlands and valleys offer somewhat diminishing returns in pleasure and in ‘otherness’.
From Dore you climb once again through Ladies’ Spring Wood and Chancet Wood to Graves Park. From there the walk continues through the Gleadless Valley and Meersbrook Park back to the City Centre, but for the return to Sheffield Midland Station you’ll need to take a bus, regardless of where you finish.
The route includes large parts of the waymarked ‘Sheffield Round Walk’, but diverges in places. Opportunities to avoid most of the hard surface walking at the start are described.


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 121 mins Mondays-Saturdays, longer on Sundays). Bamford Station is on the Hope Valley Line from Manchester, with a journey time of 24 mins to Sheffield. Hollow Meadows (opp. Moscar Lodge) is a bus stop on lines 273/274/275 (Castleton/Bakewell – Yorkshire Bridge – Sheffield Interchange), with up to 6 buses a day (last bus 18.46 hours Mon-Sun).
Take a train no later than 9.00 hours.

Walk Options

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’:
cut 1.6 km net: buses 4/4A to Sheffield Cemetery;
cut 3.2 km net: buses 6/65/271/272 to Endcliffe Park;
cut 3.8 km net: bus 120 to Whiteley Wood;
cut 6.2 km net: bus 120 to Forge Dam Café.

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).
You can take a bus back to the City Centre from many places along the route, from Dore onwards.

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.
Forge Dam Café Carr Forge Dam, Fulwood, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 4GN (0114 230 9248). The Forge Dam Cafe is located 7.0 km (4.4 mi) into the walk on the fringes of Sheffield, on the border of the Peak District and a very early lunch stop. Open daily (except Xmas Day) 09.30ish-17.00ish.
The Norfolk Arms 2 Ringinglow Village, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 7TS (0114 230 2197). The Norfolk Arms is located 10.2 km (6.4 mi) into the walk and the recommended early lunch stop. Open 07.00-late. Food served 11.00-21.00 (-20.00 Sun/Bank Holidays).
The Summer House 289a Abbeydale Road South, Sheffield, South Yorks, S17 3LB (0114 236 1679). The Summer House is located 15.0 km (9.3 mi) into the walk and the recommended late lunch stop. The Summer House sits a short walk from Dore & Totley Station on the Hope Valley Line. Open 08.30-23.00 Mon-Thu, 08.30-23.30 Fri, 09.00-23.30 Sat and 09.00-22.30 Sun. Food served Mon-Sat: 12.00-16.00 and 18.00-21.00, Sun: 09.00-17.00 Brunch and 17.00-21.00 Tapas. “Exposed” Award Winner 2016: Best New Restaurant.
Peppercorn Restaurant 289 Abbeydale Road South, Sheffield, South Yorks, S17 3LB (0114 235 0101). The Peppercon is located 15.0 km (9.3 mi) into the walk and a recommended late lunch stop. Lunch served Sat 12.00-14.00 and Sun 12.00-17.00.
The Rose Garden Café Graves Park, Hemsworth Road, Sheffield S8 8LL (0114 258 2705). The Rose Garden Café is located 60m off-route, 20.4 km (12.7 mi) into the walk, and a timber framed café. Open daily 10.00-17.00 (-16.00 in winter).
The Sheffield Tap Sheffield Station, Sheaf Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2BP (0114 273 7558). The Sheffield Tap is located within Sheffield Railway Station (in the former Edwardian Refreshment Room & Dining Rooms), and accessed either via Platform 1B or from Sheaf Street. It is noteworthy for its restored early 20th century interior and its selection of quality cask ales and beers from around the world. The bar has won the National Railway Heritage Award and the Cask Ale pub of the year award. Open 11.00-23.00 Sun-Thu and 10.00-24.00 Fri-Sat.


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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234



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