Uphill from the city centre, Manor Fields Park is steeped in history. The park is close to the Norfolk Heritage Trail, which takes in the ruins of 16th century Sheffield Manor Lodge – which once held Mary Queen of Scots prisoner – as well as City Road Cemetery, Norfolk Heritage Park, the Cholera Monument and more.
Centuries ago it formed part of the Lords of Hallamshire’s deer park and in the 1800s was the site of three mine shafts, before giving way to allotments that contributed to the Dig for Victory effort during the second world war. It now backs onto the 20th century Manor Park estate, and is a surprisingly green, gently undulating space on the edge of central Sheffield.
This circular route is entirely on asphalt paths, making it suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and has plenty of benches for rests along the way. Start at the site’s City Road car park. Take the main path to the right and follow the waymarkers.