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An 8-mile journey to Sheffield on foot

Photo by Gemma Thorpe.

Often the routes we take are circular, starting and finishing at the same point. This route is more of a journey, with Sheffield as its destination. Take the train to the Peak District village of Grindleford and make your way back to the outer reaches of Sheffield on foot, via beautiful streams, woodland, moorland, and two very fine pubs. Catch the train again from Dore for the final stretch into the city centre.

There are many routes that lead station-to-station from Grindleford to Dore and, testament to the Peak District, it really is difficult to pick a bad one. The route outlined here is just shy of 8 miles, or 13km, following tracks and trails that are generally steady underfoot, though with sections over rocks and up and down steep banks. The paths dry quickly, but wear trail running shoes (or walking boots if you want to take it at a slow pace).

From Sheffield, take the train through Peak District tunnels to Grindleford.

Visit the wonderful Grindleford Station Cafe before you start – they do a magnificent chip butty that'll fuel you on your way.

As you breach the clearing at the top of Padley Gorge, you might fancy a quick dip in the river or an ice cream from the fleet of vans that park here.

Burbage Valley perhaps offers the best scenery of the journey: on a clear day you can see all the way to Kinder Scout. The valley itself is currently undergoing some changes, as the coniferous woodland has been felled in an effort to return the habitat back to its natural state.

Cresting the hill from Burbage onto Houndkirk Road brings some spectacular views of Sheffield. If you look carefully your destination is visible, but not before another stop at the Fox House Pub.

Fill your boots in the Fox House, as it’s all downhill from here. Follow the Sheffield Round Walk signs all the way back to Dore station and you’ll wind your way down through some of Sheffield’s most beautiful woodland, as you travel through the Limb Valley and into Ecclesall Woods.

You’ll emerge a mere 100 metres from Dore station. Time to think about how you’ve covered eight miles, eaten your weight in excellent food, and have barely touched tarmac!

Written by Steve Franklin



Start: Grindleford station.
Distance: 8 miles / 12.8km.
Route map: GPX export.
Public transport: Take the train from Sheffield to Grindleford Station to start, and return to the city centre from Dore Station (a Sheffield-Grindleford return ticket will be the cheapest option).
Where to eat & drink: Grindleford Station Cafe.
Tea and scones at the Longshaw Estate.
Pub stops at Fox House and the Norfolk Arms.

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