Sheffield Circular via Porter, Limb, Sheaf and Gleadless Valleys walk
Strenuous excursion through the south westerly wooded valleys of Sheffield
|Length|| 27.8 km (17.3 mi), with 664/618m ascent/descent. Shorter versions possible from 15.0 km (9.4 mi) with 325/259m ascent/descent
Buses take you back to the station from various points on the route, for details see below Walk Options.
|Toughness||8 out of 10 (up to), with up to 8 hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow up to 14 hours.|
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.
To cut some – or all – of the tarmac-heavy urban stretches at the start, take one of the bus shortcuts, either from Sheffield Interchange (150m from the train station), or a little higher up the hill in the City Centre along Arundel Gate (bus stops change all the time, check online for up-to-date information).
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).
|Maps||OS Explorer: 278 (Sheffield & Barnsley)
OS Landranger: 110 (Sheffield & Huddersfield)
Harvey Superwalker XT25: Peak District Central (but only the middle part of the route)
Harvey British Mountain Map: Dark Peak (but only the middle part of the route)
Sheffield (Midland) station, map reference SK 359 870, is 227 km north north west of Charing Cross, 54m above sea level, and in South Yorkshire. It 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).
Saturday Walkers' Club: Take a train no later than 9.00 hours.
|Elevenses and Lunch||
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.
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.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (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