Sheffield, UK

A Guide to running in Sheffield, England.

Sheffield is a city in South Yorkshire, in the eastern foothills of the Pennines and the valleys of the River Don. There’s a nice variety of options for running in Sheffield, from riverside paths to several lovely parks, and some spectacular moorland just outside the city. Runners should note that the city is quite hilly — it takes some effort to find a flat spot to run!

There are several great places to run right in Sheffield Center. A good way to start is our route along the River Don paths and several central parks. Also along the water is the Five Weirs Walk, passing five low dams. Run to Rotherham and take the train back!  For a couple of lovely lake loops, head to Rother Valley Country Park or the Damflask Reservoir. We also love the ‘linear park‘ run starting at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens. A must-do running experience in Sheffield is to explore the moorland paths — head to Blacka Moor and the adjacent Longshaw National Trust to enjoy their scenic, hilly trails. There’s lovely woodland running at Ecclesall Woods, which can be combined with a nice section of the River Sheaf walk.

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Rother Valley Country Park

Sheffield, UK

A worth-it destination run, located ~10 miles east of Sheffield. The highlight is the 10k Trans Pennine Trail, which is a lovely, flat loop around the two main lakes. Fairly open terrain, and some nice water views.

Damflask Reservoir Loop

Sheffield, UK

A nice opportunity for a scenic, flat, off-road run not far from Sheffield. There's a 5k path around the perimeter of the reservoir, featuring nice views of the water and surrounding green hillside.

Sheffield’s climate is typical of interior England, with cool, damp winters and mild summers. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year. Always be prepared for wet weather!

Try to stay inside of the A61 ring road around Sheffield and you’ll be rewarded with out the door access to some nice running routes.

There are some great running stores in Sheffield.

Up & Running.

Accelerate UK. They also do a lot of group runs & community events.


Accelerate UK running store has several group runs every week.

Sheffield also has several parkruns every week. See the overview map for locations.

Let’s Do This features a decent calendar of running events in the area.


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