Strap on your boots and take in Sheffield on foot as Sheffield Walking Festival returns 8 - 17 September 2017. Over ten days, the festival presents a host of enjoyable walks for a range of abilities, with plenty to see and discover along the way.
The festival celebrates all sides of Sheffield with 34 routes of varying lengths and themes. Take in the city’s varied heritage, fascinating suburbs, hidden outdoor art and eclectic pubs, or enjoy a family themed walk including a picnic and paddle.
Several walks will once again showcase the city’s dramatic borders that overlap with the Peak District, while others will shine a light on the city’s more central nature reserves and green spaces.
Historical walks follow the Norfolk Heritage Trail, the boundary of Sheffield Deer Park, explore Burngreave, Stannington and the Gleadless Valley, visit the 8 halls of Totley and a variety of old cemeteries.
Countryside walks visit Wharncliffe Heath with the trustees, Bolsterstone and the Ewden Valley, follow the course of the great Sheffield Flood, explore the Eastern Moors with rangers from the Peak National Park and the naked people of a lost sculpture trail.
For those who like a challenge, there’ll be an opportunity to take on the famous Sheffield Round Walk in reverse and a chance to cover off a decent portion of the newly opened Peak District Boundary Walk.
Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Sheffield Walking Group with a 15 mile Peakland walk and the life of GHB Ward, founder of the Sheffield Clarion Ramblers, on a walk to coincide with the launch of the new Clarion Call book.
There’s also unique opportunity for lovers of outdoor photography to hone their skills on a masterclass walk with award winning outdoor photographer and author, Chiz Dakin. And TV presenter, Andrew White, will lead the walk around Ladybower from the first series of his Walks Around Britain programme.
All walks are FREE to attend, see the walk programme day by day below and click the walk link to sign-up.
Friday 8 September
Saturday 9 September
Sunday 10 September
Monday 11 September
Tuesday 12 September
Bolsterstone and Ewden Valley Walk: 6.5 miles (10.5km)
Wednesday 13 September
Local History Round Walk: 5 miles (8km)
Thursday 14 September
Friday 15 September
Sunday 17 September
Further Important Information:
For safety reasons and the limited number of seats available on some buses, particularly on linear walks, we require advance booking for all our walks. Please book via the individual booking links in the walk titles above or select from the live event listings on our Eventbrite profile page. You will be emailed an electronic ticket for confirmation, but there is no need to bring this with you as the leader will have a list of participants.
Unable to book online? Contact Sheffield Central Library on 0114 273 4712.
On the day of your walk, please arrive at the meeting point for public transport 10 minutes ahead of the stated time, as some require a short transfer to the bus stop. All walks will start at the stated time. Walk durations are approximate and depend upon group size and ability.
Easy – Walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty or a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Comfortable shoes or trainers should suffice.
Intermediate – Walks for reasonably fit people with some country walking experience. Mainly on unsurfaced rural paths and may involve some sustained ascents and descents. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.
Moderate – Walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. Likely to include rough terrain with steep climbs and descents and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
Strenuous – More challenging walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. Will include steep hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
All walk leaders are experienced and will warn you of any potential risks, like crossing busy roads. However, all those taking part do so at their own risk.
Please wear suitable footwear and carry waterproof clothing.
Walk leaders will exercise their right to exclude a person who is not properly equipped or who are, in their opinion, not fit enough to complete the walk.
Alert the walk leader if you have a specific health condition and advise them of any medication you are carrying.
In poor weather the walk may be modified by the leader or, in extreme conditions, it may be cancelled.
Walkers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Most walks ask you to bring a packed lunch and a drink. Always carry enough water and snacks for the length of the walk.
Plan Your Trip
If you're visiting Sheffield for the Walking Festival and need information on getting to and around the city, accommodation or ideas to make the most of your stay, go to our Plan Your Trip page for more information.
Comprehensive information is provided for each walk on the booking pages, but more detailed information is available also at www.travelsouthyorkshire.com. .
Sheffield Walking Festival is organised by Sheffield Walking Forum in conjunction with The Outdoor City and brings together a host of local outdoor communities and national organisations, such as The Wildlife Trust, Peak National Park Authority, Ramblers Association, Sheffield Environmental Movement, Heritage Open Days and Walkers are Welcome. All the walks are led by knowledgeable and experienced walk leaders.