Looking for an inner-city walk you can take at any time of the year? This trail will take you through the south-west of the city and you'll see historic gems you might have passed by before in a completely new light.
Back in the 1830s, there was a wave of philanthropic activity in Sheffield's leafy Porter Valley, as newly wealthy industrialists sought to make their mark on their rapidly expanding city. Outside the conservative, Anglican land-owning Establishment, these nonconformists were cementing their positions in society.
Created by the Hunter Archaeological Society, the so-called Dissenters' Paradise trail follows in the footsteps of these nonconformist philanthropists of Sheffield's past – people like the radical poet James Montgomery, like local snuff manufacturers the Wilson family who sold land to help create many of the area's best loved features. It'll lead you to the Botanical Gardens, where it's worth taking some time out with the many delights within: a riddle trail, magnificent pavilions, a former bear pit where a friendly bronze bear now awaits hugs from all the family. It'll take you to the historic and spectacular hidden gem that is the General Cemetery, with its catacombs, its chapels, its winding paths. It'll show you an impressive neoclassical school, and a snuff mill with a history dating back to the 17th century.
The trail begins at the junction of Clarkehouse Road and Glossop Road, and ends on Ecclesall Road, a popular student spot with plenty of cafes, restaurants and independent shops. Stop off for a pre or post-walk refreshments at craft beer specialists The Beer Engine, The Beer House or the Scandi-inspired Brocco Kitchen.
Download the full trail or pick up a printed copy from the Visitor Information Centre, next to the Winter Garden on Surrey Street.