We love finding new places to wander… who doesn’t? Last year I found Sheffield General Cemetery Trust and had never considered going there before for a walk. I just assumed it would be a place to go to pay your respects, I didn’t expect a woodland full of fascinating history. It was a lovely surprise. It was around this time that I attended a free historical tour there which the cemetery run on Sundays, it was so informative and I really recommend it. It was something different to what we usually do, too, and I love a bit of variety. When I was thinking up something to do with my mum recently, I remembered how nice it was so on a sunny afternoon I thought I would take us all there. My toddler hasn’t got the attention span for the tour so we explored on our own.
Sheffield General Cemetery have lots of stuff going on in their events calendar for all ages, so do check their website for more information. It is open daily and with no charge to enter, so do go along and see what it’s all about. If you want to do a trail with a map, there’s one which you can download from their website here. It has questions to answer too, fun! We had a lovely day, Eric really enjoyed it as we did some bug hunting, I love history as does my mum who came with us so it was a nice little afternoon.
Watch this to see what we got upto…
The Sheffield General Cemetery Trust is in Sharrow, not far at all from the city centre. It’s open all day, every day to all. Oh, there’s a toilet and baby change too! Very convenient. While we were there it was so quiet, we rarely bumped into someone. Isn’t it nice when you find a quiet haven? It’s such a nice place for photos…
We didn’t have a plan of where we would go, we just thought we would see where the paths lead us. There’s a map online, but I recommend just going for a stroll and see what you find! The Anglican Chapel and Nonconformist Chapel were definitely my highlights; it was amazing to just stumble across those. There’s a downloadable nature trail and quiz, you can find it here.
We found spiders, worms and other insects. We also looked for birds and tried to identify some flowers and trees.
We were lucky enough to get a lot of sunshine, but because of the huge trees all around us we stayed in the shade, so didn’t get too hot. We carried on exploring and took some small paths to see where we ended up. Eric did lots of walking, yay!
There’s a lot of nature and wildlife around the cemetery, I’ll have to take Ollie back; he loves trees and I bet you can find some fungi here.
At the other side of the cemetery we found a big, open space perfect for picnics. The sun was shining and there were a few people having BBQ’s and playing music. Instead of the shady woodlands, it had opened up to a park with lots of grass but it still felt very secluded and undiscovered. It was a really nice find and Eric was in the mud!
I didn’t even know about this big open space, it was so quiet even though a few minutes away was the bustling city. I will have to take some friends back there another time. I love finding new picnic spots!
Have you explored a cemetery before? I want to find some more now! I really didn’t think about going to them before, especially with kids.