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Within easy reach of some of the Peak District’s most incredible trails, walks around Sheffield could keep you occupied for a lifetime. The city itself has parks and gardens with wonderful trails for a weekend amble and longer walks are easy to find on the outskirts. River walks, woodland paths and pretty nature reserves can all be explored within a stone’s throw of Sheffield’s busy streets. 

For wide open views, sprawling healthland, imposing crags and wild meadows, you can head out on hikes in Sheffield’s neighbouring national park. The Peak District is a haven for hikers, photographers and nature-lovers with the sheer extravagance of its landscapes. 

From idyllic dales with idling rivers to the heady glory of the Kinder Scout plateau and its staggering views, Sheffield has access to some of the nation’s greatest scenery.

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01:15
2.89 mi
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01:32
3.51 mi
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01:39
3.81 mi
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06:54
15.2 mi
Intermediate
01:21
3.10 mi
Easy
01:36
3.52 mi
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01:26
3.20 mi
Intermediate
03:39
8.46 mi
Intermediate
02:04
4.57 mi
Intermediate
02:36
5.91 mi
Intermediate
02:03
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05:06
11.0 mi
Intermediate
03:35
8.12 mi
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01:22
3.26 mi
Intermediate
03:33
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01:48
3.87 mi
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01:13
2.72 mi
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Top 20 best walks and hikes around Sheffield

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    Easy
    01:15
    2.89 mi
    2.3 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:32
    3.51 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:39
    3.81 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    06:54
    15.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    01:21
    3.10 mi
    2.3 mph
    200 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Easy
    01:36
    3.52 mi
    2.2 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:26
    3.20 mi
    2.2 mph
    300 ft
    325 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:39
    8.46 mi
    2.3 mph
    525 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:04
    4.57 mi
    2.2 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:36
    5.91 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:03
    4.63 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:06
    11.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:35
    8.12 mi
    2.3 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:22
    3.26 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:33
    7.95 mi
    2.2 mph
    800 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    01:48
    3.87 mi
    2.1 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Easy
    01:13
    2.72 mi
    2.2 mph
    275 ft
    250 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:05
    4.39 mi
    2.1 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:58
    10.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    01:35
    3.60 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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Exploring the Dark Peak

The best hiking trails near Sheffield can be found in the phenomenally diverse Dark Peak. This region of the Peak District has rare blanket bog, found only sparsely around the world and a magical landscape to hike across. In the late spring and early summer, the bog is a fluffy, white carpet of cottongrass. Crowberry, bilberry and heather are also abundant plants here. 

When you’re planning walks near Sheffield, you’ll be pleased to know that some of the Peak District’s most famous areas are close to the city. Hathersage, with its impressive Stanage Edge escarpment is a fantastic place to hike and the area is rich in valley trails and steep paths with outstanding views. 

Edale, Ladybower Reservoir and the breathtaking Kinder Scout mountain are all quick to reach from Sheffield. These beautiful places all offer a labyrinth of trails that allow you to tailor your hike to your exact preferences. Fancy an easy stroll? A strenuous multi-day expedition? It’s all within easy reach here. 

Getting out in Sheffield’s immediate surroundings

You don’t have to head into the Peak District to enjoy excellent hikes near Sheffield. This thriving city is well-known for its obsession with the outdoors and it has many rivers, parks and woodlands in its immediate surroundings. 

The River Rivelin has a particularly beautiful set of riverbank trails that not only place you in the peaceful nature of the city outskirts, but that also hint at the area’s industrial past. Amongst the trees and mossy rocks you’ll find old mills, weirs and stepping stones. It joins the River Loxley in Sheffield’s outskirts and you can follow it to its source on Hallam Moors, through tranquil woods complete with waterfalls. 

Sheffield actually sits on the confluence of a further four rivers and is set across foothills and a valley. You’ll have plenty of river walks to explore and it’s easy to hike up gentle hills and be quickly rewarded with lovely, sweeping views. 

To the north west of the city, you can follow the River Don up to deep woodlands and choose a new forest for each hike. Wharncliffe Wood, Greno Wood and Great Hollins Wood are all deserving of your time and camera shutter. 

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