I feel really lucky to live just up the hill from Rivelin Valley Park. It’s a wonderful place. The woodlands there are my favourite (second to Forge Dam). I highly recommend you take a walk there and do some exploring. Rivelin Valley Park is a good free family day out; woodlands, playground, heritage & nature trail, cafe and water play/paddling pool in summer!
Lots of opportunities for woodland nature explorers to get busy… gushing stream of water for playing pooh sticks, ducks, dens, flowers, plants, nature, trees, old mills to climb on…
Rivelin Valley Park is a big place. From Hillsborough at Malin Bridge, to the main entrance of 72 Rivelin Park Rd, Sheffield S6 5FE, then the nature trail at the back of the playground goes right up to Manchester Road, Rivelin Dams, Rivelin Reservoir (S6 6GH) and Holly Meadows or Wyming Brook.
The nature trail has 20 watermills and 21 mill dams. Many different types of plants, trees, wildlife and historical remains.
Rivelin Valley Nature Trail
I’ve not done the whole of the nature and heritage trail yet, but it’s on my list of things to do! We live in Hillsborough so we walk from the Malin Bridge side (from 1-5 on the trail map) which is still under just half of the trail. On the way to the playground and cafe there’s many things to see and do.
The walk from Malin Bridge will take you along Rivelin Valley Road, to begin with on a path next to the road, but on the right hand side you can access into the woodlands this way. And start your adventure! 🙂 This part of the trail is pushchair friendly (though can be a bit muddy).
Taken from the website:
“The Rivelin Valley nature and heritage trail can be enjoyed at any time of the year. If you look carefully you will find many types of plants, trees, birds and animals, as well as historical and archaeological remains of 20 watermills and 21 mill dams – these date from the 16th to the 19th century and played a key role in the cutlery and steel industry of Sheffield. The valley has slowly been reclaimed by nature since the mid-19th century as these rural industries declined and the watermills fell in to disrepair.
The paths mainly pass through woodland, with trees such as Alder, Ash, Beech, Holly and Oak. Spring flowers include Bluebell, Cow Parsley, Dog’s Mercury, Stitchwort and Wood Sorrel. Birds such as Blackbird, Great tit, Long-tailed tit, Robin and Wren are regularly seen amongst the trees. Others such as Dipper, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher and Mallard can be found along the river or at the water-filled mill dams. At dusk look out for bats patrolling the river or flying low over the mill dams.”