This post is from one of our lovely members in the trips with a tot community group on Facebook. Fi recently went to Shire Brook Valley Nature Reserve, Sheffield and recommends it for you!
What to do at Shire Brook Valley Nature Reserve, Sheffield
“We went to Shire Brook Valley Nature Reserve, S13 7BR. It’s surprising how much open space and wildlife there is right beside the A57.
The main entrance is off Stone Street and has a small car park (1.8m height restriction and 2 marked disabled bays). The rest of the car park is rough gravel ground but it’s completely free and open 24/7/365.
There are other entrances in Beighton and Hackenthorpe, too, which might provide better access if using public transport.
The main path down to the visitor centre and the amphitheatre is wide and flat and pushchair friendly. Some of the other paths may be pushchair friendly but not all are.
The visitor centre is open Wednesday mornings and they often have events throughout the year, including a teddy bears picnic and bat walks at twilight.
No toilets or cafe facilities but lots of benches and flat grassed areas suitable for picnics. Also lots of woodland areas so nice and shady walks when it’s hot but also great spaces for den building.
Lots of wildlife to see and a couple of ponds with huge dragonflies and we also spotted some fish too! Some of the brook and river looked clean and accessible for paddling in when the weather is really hot.
We haven’t explored even a quarter of it as my kids are not big walkers yet!”
Also in our community group, Katie said, “This is basically our back garden its so close they’re are several pedestrian entrances on the hackenthorpe side which include one from dyke vale Park which has slides, couplenof swings, a sand pit and climbing frame. There are tunnels under the a57 which create echos my boys loved when they were small”.
Public transport to Shire Brook Valley Nature Reserve, Sheffield
Traveling by public transport? Lizi has lots of helpful information for you… “There are plenty of access roads from Woodhouse too, Stone Lane itself is just opposite Woodhouse West primary school you can get a number 7 bus to there. You’ve also got an entrance above Woodhouse tip and after the new persimmon housing estate, again the number 7 bus. That takes you onto the meadow where there’s often animals in the paddocks.
I’ve seen cows, sheep and Either Alpaca or llama’s before. There are lots of buses to Woodhouse, 24,25, 7, 52, 30 to name a few. Stone lane with access for buggys is a 10 minute walk from central Woodhouse, there are other paths in that are near the Angel pub which is closer if you fancy an explore. It’s a great place”
and she really recommends this cafe… “if you’re looking for a drink, lunch, cake etc there is a great tea room in Woodhouse called Memory Lane, it’s just off the main square and is lovely. Reasonably priced, home made, plenty of space, they love kids and have kids options. I can’t recommend enough”
Thank you Lizi, Katie and Fi for your help!
There is a walking in Shire Brook Valley leaflet with lots of information and a map here.