The Outdoor City Run Routes
A couple of years ago, Accelerate were approached by the local authority. The request was to assist them in designing runnable routes of interest, with suitability for all types of runner, regardless of ability or experience.
Fast-track to the present and after a great many meetings and or recce runs (plus a few odd meetings which took place while running), Accelerate's Debs Smith has managed to negotiate her way around almost all of the 30 Sheffield based routes, documenting their level of difficulty and volunteering GPS evidence upon which to base the directional info, mapping and labelling system (available below).
There are some surprising entries, not to mention a few hidden gems.
So Sheffield now has a collection of sign-posted routes around which people can spend time exercising. Escaping into greener inner City areas and some of the surrounding countryside, for a rewarding, or challenging run/walk.
The inspiration behind this venture is a national fitness drive and a desire to re-brand Sheffield as something it should have been from day one.... The Outdoor City.
Now attracting more and more up-coming runners, the City also plays host to inner city attractions, such as live music, extreme sports, biking, swimming, ice hockey, dog racing, stock car racing, Tour de France(!) and much more...
So in a nutshell,
For decades, Sheffield has been regarded by Climbers as a Mecca for their sport. Classic routes, crags to spare, enormous areas of natural beauty between them. Accessible by car, bus, train, bike or by foot.
And there it was – right under everybody’s nose. The Outdoor City. Just depends upon your chosen activity as to how you might choose to exploit this relationship between inner City and Peak National Park.
Of course, many of us already knew the value of living in Sheffield – the fourth largest City (by population) in the UK. Students flock to not one, but two impressive Universities. Professionals strive to include themselves within world class organisations, industry, creative arts and scientific research. Pioneering. Evolving.
With more Parkruns outside greater London than any other major metropolitan area – Sheffield is these days awash with active people with disposable income and an interest in the outdoors.
So the number of regular runners is rising. The City has branded itself as the all singing, all dancing outdoor play arena. What’s next….?
For runners, there’s the Outdoor City Run Routes.
Close to 30 mapped out, marked up, ready to use run routes – through some of Sheffield’s lushest, greenest ares. All offering hidden gems and discoveries around every corner.
Colour coded for simplicity. Suitable for complete novice, through to the more serious experienced runners.
So for a complete guide to those routes and where to find them, along with information on how challenging they might be – take a look at the following list and maybe go try one.
The staff team at Accelerate have a particular soft spot for Ecclesall Wood, Rivelin and Bradfield Areas, as these are where we mostly 'work, rest and play', but all are worthy of exploration and are a brillaint way of getting further acquainted with this great City of ours.
Bradfield to Damflask 5km / 10km
City centre 2.4km / 5.7km
Concord Park and Wooley Wood 2.5km / 4km
Ecclesall Wood 2km / 4km / 5km
Ecclesall Wood – challenging routes to the moors & back 14km / 24km
Firth Park 1.7km / 4.3km
Graves Park 2.5km / 4km
High Hazels 1.6km / 4.7km
Manor Fields Park 1.6km
Ponderosa and Crookes Valley Park 1km / 3km
Rivelin 2.1km / 3.7km
Shire Brook 1.3km / 5.3km
Thorncliffe 2.3km / 4km
Wharncliffe 1.2km / 4.5km / 10km
Compiled by Chris Hough, Accelerate Store/Team Accelerate.
Wednesday 8th of May 2019