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distance 7.31mi Vertical gain +548ft Vertical drop -541ft duration 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in South Yorkshire

Barnsley and Rotherham may not be amongst the first places to spring to mind when planning a walk. However the area has many attractive rural locations including one of the country's finest houses, Wentworth Woodhouse, which is passed on this walk. The house featured in the TV series "The Country House Revealed" which visited stately homes not open to the public.

distance 9.9mi Vertical gain +919ft Vertical drop -945ft duration 5h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in South Yorkshire

This Peak District walk explores two of the gritstone edges in the eastern sector of the National Park. The walk generally follows well defined paths and tracks and offers some fine views from elevated positions along the way. After heavy rain do expect some boggy ground under foot along some sections of the route.

distance 8.86mi Vertical gain +820ft Vertical drop -801ft duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Dunford - South Yorkshire

A Peak District walk that explores the open country and reservoirs to the nothwest of Dunford Bridge. This sector of the National Park sees fewer walkers and you are free to enjoy the superb scenery in relative peace and quiet.

distance 5.98mi Vertical gain +843ft Vertical drop -850ft duration 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in South Yorkshire

This Peak District walk is another route close to the western outskirts of Sheffield. The walk explores one of the valleys that run eastwards towards the Don - in this case the Ewden Beck. The start is close to Broomhead Hall.

distance 11.03mi Vertical gain +1355ft Vertical drop -1381ft duration 6h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in South Yorkshire

This Peak District walk explores the moorland and resevoirs that lie between Ladybower and Bradfield. Walking is generally good but do expect some short boggy sections after heavy rain.

distance 10.42mi Vertical gain +650ft Vertical drop -630ft duration 5h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Silkstone - South Yorkshire

This Barnsley walk starts in Silkstone and includes an old waggonway, the Cannon Hall country park and sections of the Barnsley Boundary Walk and the Penistone Boundary Walk.

distance 8.14mi Vertical gain +712ft Vertical drop -712ft duration 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Wortley - South Yorkshire

This walk follows a section of the Barnsley Boundary Walk and explores the countryside to the west of this town. The route also includes Wharncliffe Crags which offer some fine views.

distance 12.92mi Vertical gain +1358ft Vertical drop -1368ft duration 6h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in South Yorkshire

This lengthy Peak District walk demonstrates the variation in countryside that makes Sheffield such a pleasant place from which to walk. It includes reservoirs, great views, a pretty valley and wild moorland.

distance 9mi Vertical gain +1083ft Vertical drop -1076ft duration 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Langsett - South Yorkshire

This Peak District walk explores the moors to the northwest of Sheffield and visits an area that sees relatively few walkers. Do select a clear day as navigation can be difficult in poor visibility.

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distance 8.97mi Vertical gain +699ft Vertical drop -682ft duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Langsett - South Yorkshire

This Peak District Walk follows sections of the Barnesley Boundary Walk and the Trans Pennine Trail in wild moorland. Route finding is generally easy and the walk uses well marked paths tracks and a section of minor road to explore the country at the eastern end of the now closed Woodhead Tunnel.

distance 3.72mi Vertical gain +285ft Vertical drop -295ft duration 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Langsett - South Yorkshire

Hordron Road and the Little Don is a Peak District walk that can be reached by public transport. This half day route visits a beautiful moorland area which is little known by most visitors to the area.

distance 9.72mi Vertical gain +909ft Vertical drop -883ft duration 5h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in South Yorkshire

This walk explores the Rivelin Valley which lies to the west of Sheffield. The route includes a short section within the Peak District National Park. This walk goes out from Malin Bridge along the top of the valley side and comes back along the river.

distance 8.53mi Vertical gain +778ft Vertical drop -791ft duration 4h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Oxspring - South Yorkshire

The Thurgoland Boundary Walk is just under nine miles long and takes in part of the upper Don valley as well as some of the tributaries of the river Dove. The route includes a short section on the old Dove Valley railway above the Silkstone tunnels and the route crosses the old Woodhead rail route twice.

distance 8.9mi Vertical gain +709ft Vertical drop -725ft duration 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Thurgoland - South Yorkshire

This is another walk in Barnsley that owes much to the Wentworth family for providing the backdrop that gives it a historical and architectural interest. The route offers contrasting scenery and is full of interest. Careful navigation is required in places.

distance 12.37mi Vertical gain +1352ft Vertical drop -1355ft duration 6h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in South Yorkshire

This Peak District walk explores the moors to the east of the Derwent Valley Reservoirs. Including some quiet paths and tracks, the route also visits the popular summit of Back Tor and the monument to the Lost Lad. This valley is particularly impressive and feels quite remote - considering how close it is to the thousands of people that are circuiting around Ladybower.

distance 2.68mi Vertical gain +381ft Vertical drop -354ft duration 1h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in South Yorkshire

A short walk in a rural area close to Sheffield along footpaths. Reasonably signposted but care is needed to keep on track. Apt to be muddy. Sheep, horses and sometimes cattle are likely to be encountered.