Outdoor Activities

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Outdoor Activities

Sheffield is the UK's leading destinations for outdoor adventure, city culture, and rural escapes. With leafy campuses and open spaces Sheffield Hallam University has the outdoors at its heart, which is what makes our campus so exciting. You can get involved in a range of different activities such as walking, running, cycling, and orienteering.

Check out our tried and tested routes to explore Sheffield and the surrounding areas.

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Walking/runningRunning specificCyclingMountain BikingRoad CyclingClimbing • Orienteering

  1. Sheffield Round walk challenge – 15 miles – takes approximately 6-7 hours so one for a day trip. 
  2. Wyming Brook - 1.7 miles with options to extend further
  3. Damflask Reservoir - 3.5 miles
  4. Sheffield 5 Weirs walk - 6 miles
  5. Norfolk Heritage Trail - 3 miles 
  6. Ecclesall Woods - 3 different length routes so you can take your pick

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Running specific

From urban strolls to reservoir walks and park runs, the opportunities to explore Sheffield on foot are vast. Many routes are suitable for running as well as walking, but if running is really your thing, then we recommend the city’s dedicated network Run Routes to keep you on track.

If running is your thing or you want to learn with like-minded students then our Team Hallam athletics club caters for all abilities, from performance athletes to novice runners. Hallam Active also run couchto5km sessions for anyone to become confident running. Sheffield has numerous Parkruns for you to each Saturday, with the closest been the Endcliffe parkrun. The city also has 10km and Half Marathon events during the year with the excellent Round Sheffield Run as a favourite event for our staff.

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Sheffield has so many different types of cycling on offer. From thrills and spills mountain biking to road cycling there is a surface and route to suit everyone. With dedicated bike hubs at both campuses you can easily commute to your lectures and get around the city. Yes, it is hilly, but we are all up for a challenge, right? Also, you will be rewarded with breath-taking views across the city for every hill you conquer!

Detailed list of bike routes and trails

At Hallam Active we have compiled a few of our favourites for you to explore. If you want more routes look at the Outdoor City website for inspiration.

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Mountain Biking

Parkwood Springs mountain biking trail – a proper thrills and spills downhill mountain biking trail that will get the adrenaline flowing

Grenoside Woods - a series of different trails catering for beginners and elite riders

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Road Cycling

Obviously, you are free to make your own road cycling routes and try them out across the wonderful City and beyond. Be prepared for a few hills but the views are well worth it! Here is a list of a few routes for beginner and experts:

Monsal Trail - bike hire, cafes and a safe place for any rider. Oh, and breath-taking scenery

Sheffield Tour De France stage – for more confident road riders why not challenge yourself to complete the Sheffield stage of the 2014 Tour De France

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Make sure you are proficient and qualified to climb before going out and accessing some of these opportunities. There are great climbing centres in the City for you to learn to climb in a fun and safe environment and an excellent student club to get involved with.

We have 2 excellent climbing centres in the city for you to learn and improve your skills. Join the Team Hallam climbing club to meet new people and learn new skills. The club cater for all abilities so it is a great way to meet like-minded people and explore the climbing scene in Sheffield:

Climbing in Sheffield isn't all about the crags and grit at its borders. Just as well, too, with the weather being as temperamental as it is here. Sheffield has five indoor walls, meaning the climbing community yearning for an ascent or a bouldering problem, even on the most miserable of days. Offering guidance on technique and kit, these walls are also the ideal places for beginners to get to grips with the sport before heading out to Stanage Edge.

The Foundry - one of the first specially designed climbing walls in the country, with varied surfaces and routes mean it's still well renowned amongst the most expert of climbers. The centre is situated in Sheffield's buzzing Kelham Island District, with some amazing pubs and restaurants on the doorstep for a social catch up after a hard climb.

Climbing Works - when it opened in 2006, the Works was the world's biggest bouldering centre. Today, it has everything an aspiring climber needs: good coffee, music, free improver classes, loads of surfaces to try out. It's also the home of the renowned Climbing Works International Festival which takes place in March each year. 

We also have an ‘old school’ climbing wall located on our collegiate crescent campus. This wall is situated on the side of a SHU building on Broomgrove Road and is around 4 meters high and 15 meters long.

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There are loads of routes mapped around the world! With plenty in Sheffield for you to try There are urban and park routes depending on what you want to explore. With courses graded for difficulty there is an opportunity for everyone to try out orienteering in the city. If you do not want to run the route then you can take your time and wander through the amazing spaces that Sheffield has to offer. This is a great way to challenge friends, get fit and explore the city all in one. Check out Sheffield’s virtual orienteering offer and give a new sport a try.

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