Sheffield is the gateway to the Peak District, one of the UK’s national parks. It’s full of cycling routes, off-road running trails, and amazing hiking and climbing hotspots.
With local buses and trains out to spots in the Peaks, you don’t need a car to make the most of being right by the national park.
And because Sheffield has a huge outdoor community, you’re sure to find a local group or university society that suits your schedule and skill level.
Cycling and hiking
The Peak District is a wild and beautiful landscape that will both challenge and reward you. Hike along ridges, across valleys and up peaks to get a stunning view of your surroundings.
If cycling is your passion, you’ll find quiet roads and hilly trails to keep you occupied when you’re not studying. Trails start just six miles from Sheffield City Centre, so you can start your ride from your door.
Wherever you go, you won’t be far away from villages with pitstops for hikers and cyclists in need of a drink or snack.
The Peak District is a climber’s dream, with nationally renowned climbing and bouldering at sites such as Stanage Edge, Froggatt Edge, Curbar Edge and Burbage.
You can also practise your technique indoors at several student-friendly climbing centres – look out for discounted memberships and sessions.
With a big, friendly climbing community throughout the city, Sheffield is the perfect place to get started or take your skills to the next level.