Make the most of our Outdoor City

Here in Sheffield we are incredibly lucky to have the ability to easily get into green space and the outdoors – which is what has given us the name ‘The Outdoor City’. Plenty of people live here because they love walking, running, climbing, road cycling, mountain biking, wild swimming or trekking in and around the Peak District. 

But one aspect many of us have realised over the last few months is that sometimes just being in a place with lots of green space and seeing it around you is truly important. Which is why it’s also so great that we have so many greenspaces in the city to explore too, whatever age or ability you are. 

Here you'll find suggestions for making the most of Sheffield's great outdoors while life continues to be not-so-normal at the moment. Please also read about how to enjoy and respect our outdoor spaces and surrounding countryside so that we can all continue to enjoy them.

Also, keep an eye on The Outdoor City social channels- we've seen lots of engagement this year, so much so it's hard to keep up sometimes with all the fantastic posts about people's outdoor adventures and experiences in the city, that we get tagged in.  

Follow @TheOutdoorCity and #TheOutdoorCity on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and also check out our official web home for a whole load more information and inspiration, though please note some information may be out of date as current events continue to change. 


We all have a duty to respect the environments we live in - not just for nature's sake, but the locals who live around them too so be part of the solution.

Help Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust log wildlife you see when you are out and about to help them with their extensive database and to take an accurate picture of the health of our green spaces.

There have been some great lockdown challenges set up to keep you focussed on getting into the great outdoors – as opposed to letting the cold, wind and rain put you off!

Move More want to create a culture of physical activity in Sheffield. The ultimate aim is to help create the conditions to make it easier for people to be more active and move a little more.

Given all the hills in Sheffield it’s no surprise that many of our favourite parks find themselves incorporating a steep gradient or two, offering stunning views across the city.

Follow the beautiful routes and paths along Sheffield’s waterways, which are still punctuated with fascinating reminders of an industrial past.

Get out and about with these great suggestions for exploring the wonderful parks, woodland and countryside, canals and rivers and nature reserves on our doorstep that you might not know about.

The lovely folks at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival haven’t stopped giving us loads of amazing and inspiring films to watch for free whilst we’re holed up at home.

As we face another lockdown, what have we learnt as riders that can help us through the next one while preserving our physical and mental health and a positive outlook for the sport?

Over 30 run routes are signposted and mapped across 15 locations in parks and woodland across Sheffield. Whatever your pace, fast or slow, they’re a good way to explore...

Want a scenic staycation challenge? How about walking the entire boundary of the Peak District National Park? Friends of the Peak District have devised a route so you can do just that.

From city parks to the edge of the peaks! The Sheffield Round Walk is a 15-mile showcase loop of the southwestern edges of The Outdoor City.