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Hike the beauty of the outdoor city — Sheffield

Hiking Collection by The Outdoor City Sheffield

7

Tours

26:21 h

58.2 mi

6,250 ft

Less than five miles from Sheffield's cosmopolitan city centre lies the Peak District. The first national park to be formed in the UK, the Peak District boasts myriad hiking opportunities; from heather moorland to rolling hills, lush pastures to deep valleys, ancient woodland to gentle rivers, quaint villages to remote farmsteads and much more.

However, it is not just the Peaks that makes Sheffield the UK's leading destination for outdoor adventure, city culture and rural escapes. In fact, Sheffield is surrounded by picturesque countryside on every side, all rich in history and heritage. It is no wonder that the great outdoors is in the DNA of the city and people, then.

This Collection introduces you to the wonderful landscape that is Sheffield’s garden. In these routes, you explore the wild and wonderful landscape around Derwent Dam and Ladybower, hike deep into the moorland above the city, saunter through beautiful ancient woodland that was almost destroyed by the industrial revolution, and ascend hillforts with the best views in the city. These routes also take you up to the summit of Mam Tor, arguably the star attraction of the Peaks, and explore the iconic Chatsworth Estate.

There is something for all abilities in the Collection, too. Whether you are looking for a relaxing hike within the city, or a full-day hike through remote countryside, you will find it here. So, lace up your boots and discover why Sheffield is officially the Outdoor City.

Public transport links are very good around Sheffield and bus services are mentioned in these routes.

For bus timetables and more information, visit: travelsouthyorkshire.com/timetablefinder.aspx.
For train timetables, visit: thetrainline.com.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    05:09
    11.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This glorious hike explores one of the finest areas of the Dark Peak—a wild landscape of moors, weather-shaped tors, caves, brooks and picturesque panoramas.

    From the quaint village of Hathersage, you saunter alongside the River Derwent, hike up the mystical Padley Gorge, over moorland to the rocky hillfort of Carl Wark, to Higger Tor with its fabulous 360-degree view and …

  • Intermediate
    01:43
    4.02 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The woods on this route still bear the scars of the industrial revolution; the humps, hollows and old tips pay a peculiar homage to the punishing price of progress.

    Thorncliffe Wood was decimated at the end of the 18th century with the building of the Newton and Chambers Ironworks, which employed over 8,000 workers by 1900. Coal for the production …

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  • Difficult
    05:01
    11.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This challenging hike explores one of the wildest and most beautiful parts of the Peak District.

    On this route, you see the mighty Derwent Dam up-close, ascend to the ghostly moorland tor of Lost Lad, enjoy extensive panoramic views from Back Tor, and visit one of the areas most distinctive gritstone tors, Wheel Stones.

    Whilst the footpaths along this route …

  • Easy
    01:22
    3.10 mi
    2.3 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This leisurely hike explores Sheffield’s oldest park, woodlands that are alive with industrial history and an ancient hillfort with one of the best views in the city.

    During the late 19th century, the Don Valley was producing 80 percent of Europe’s steel. This had a catastrophic effect on the ancient woodland nearby. Illegal felling during the General Strike in the …

  • Intermediate
    04:41
    10.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This route, or variations of it, is an absolute classic. Arguably the star attraction of the Peak District, Mam Tor and Great Ridge ignite the desire to explore—walkers from around the globe flock conquer this splendid route at all times of the year.

    Standing at 1,697 feet (517 meters) high, Mam Tor sits on the edge of the Dark Peak …

  • Easy
    01:27
    3.27 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike takes you along a branch of the Trans Pennine Trail to Woolley Wood; a place once ravished by industry, it is now a serene woodland.

    Woolley Wood is particularly beautiful in autumn when the leaves turn red and gold. It is also a great place to visit in early May when the bluebells flower. At any time of …

  • Difficult
    06:58
    15.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Walking through the Chatsworth Estate, it can often feel like time has stood still for hundreds of years.

    With the glorious stately home standing proudly, the River Wye meandering gently, the ancient hedgerows, neat dry-stone walls and picturesque chocolate-box villages, this is Peak District countryside at its very best—whatever the season.

    While this route is fairly lengthy—do not be put …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    58.2 mi
  • Duration
    26:21 h
  • Elevation
    6,250 ft

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