SWC Walk 267 Sheffield Circular (via Porter, Limb, Sheaf and Gleadless Valleys)
Length: from 15.0 km (9.4 mi) to 27.7 km (17.3 mi)
Ascent/Descent: from 430/365m to 780/732m; Net Walking Time: 4–8 hours
Toughness: from 5/10 to 10/10
This is an ex-rota posting solely targeted at the people coming out on the Saturday to walk SWC 266. Due to rail works on the day, there is no convenient train out on Sunday morning anyway. Thanks to Pete B for allowing me to post it as a third walk. The aim is to have a relaxed walk, by starting earlier than one would if taking a train from London, and/or by cutting some of the urban start (identical to SWC 266) by taking a bus.
Return trains - affordable advance tickets for reasonably quick connections at the moment: 18.10, 18.28, 19.10 and 20.28 to KGX at £20.00, and 19.28 and 20.26 to STP at £19.50.
New Walk! We will take the opportunity to check the walk directions.
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.
Opportunities to avoid most of the hard surface walking at the start are described.
The recommended early lunch
stop is The Norfolk Arms
(10.2 km/6.4 mi).
The highly recommended tea stop
in Sheffield Station is The Sheffield Tap
. There is also a well-stocked supermarket in the station
, height profile
, walk directions
and gpx/kml files