Matt Langham

Matt Langham

Matt is a politics student at Sheffield Hallam University

When he’s not conquering the peaks or hiking across Derbyshire’s stunning edges, politics student Matt is cooling off in wild swimming spots and planning his next adventure.

‘Sheffield has so much to offer outdoor enthusiasts. It’s the home to hiking, the capital of climbing, the seat of the Tour de Yorkshire. My advice is to get out there and have some fun.

Endcliffe park is a great spot for sunbathing, picnics and revising. It’s close to the city but you can wander through it and reach the countryside in a few miles — a world of adventure right on your doorstep.

If you want to explore the Peak District National Park, I’d recommend Stanage Edge, it’s so imposing. You can see it from far around and it’s instantly recognisable to all hikers and rock climbers. I love the spectacular, panoramic views at sunset.

Kinder Scout is also a great spot for hiking, with bizarre waterfalls and dramatic peaks. When you’re on top, it feels completely remote, but you’re only a short distance from the city.

Wild swimming is really popular in Sheffield and there are so many great spots. My favourite is the Three Shires Head. With multiple rock pools, waterfalls and bridges, it’s a little haven.

If you’re after a more secluded spot, Robin Hood’s cave can be found nestled between the crags of the legendary climbing walls, this cave is a great picnic spot. It’s so peaceful — my friends and I often go there just to get away from it all.’

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