Rivelin Valley Nature Trail

Location: Rails Road, Sheffield

Daily, dawn until dusk


Rivelin Valley Nature Trail is a spot of natural beauty in what was once one of the most industrialised parts of Sheffield. Any visit provides the chance to enjoy an oasis of calm in the most unexpected surroundings.

Found on the A57 where Sheffield blends into the Peak District, the Rivelin Valley Nature Trail is one of the region’s hiking highlights.

While a great deal of work has helped to transform the area into a stunning nature reserve, the valley’s industrial past is everywhere to be seen. The area was at the heart of Sheffield’s famous steel and cutlery industry, and there are no less than 21 dams along this stretch - all of which were used to divert water to drive the many watermills that powered the industry.

Along this scenic stretch you can see the remains of the dams and mills, and a great deal of work has been done by the Rivelin Valley Conservation Group to commission and provide many information signs along the route. These not only give information about the particular buildings that once stood there, but many also have QR codes and NFC technology which links to online videos, images and other background facts.

As you’d expect, the Valley Trail is a true haven for nature with countless species of bird including kingfishers and herons frequently seen hunting for food in the river. At dusk you should also look out for the many bats which swoop down and fly low over the water.

If all the fresh air and exercise gives you an appetite then you’ll be pleased to discover the excellent Rivelin Valley Park Café, serving up a host of delights for refuelling. 



For full details visit:http://www.rivelinvalley.org.uk/