Are woodland walks in autumn are one of your favourite things to do, too? I love it; the colours, the sounds and the coziness of it all. There are a lot of colours to see, acorns, nature and wildlife. Plus you can’t beat a hot drink in a park cafe after an autumnal walk. Here’s a list of the top 8 places to go in Sheffield for a lovely woodland walk this autumn.
8 places to go in Sheffield for a lovely woodland walk this autumn
One of my most favourite places for a lovely woodland walk has to be Forge Dam. Down by the cafe (which is lovely) there’s a small playground, waterfall and up at the top some ducks. The fun begins in the woods which lead all the way down through the trees until you reach Endcliffe Park. The trail is sort-of straight, with no turns so as long as you keep going ahead you won’t get lost. It’s pushchair friendly, just follow the ‘easy going route’.
The woodlands are so secluded with lovely areas to paddle, dens, fairies, creatures, bugs, and at autumn the colours are lovely.
These ancient woodlands are huge with over 350 acres of mature semi-natural deciduous woodland, so there is more than enough nature to enjoy on your family walk. With lots of different paths and trails to do, the woodlands are perfect for a day out hunting those fairies and trolls… you never know what you might find!
Stop in the cafe Woodland coffee stop in Eccclesall Woods; good spot for a break while you get back to exploring. From the discovery centre you can find an archaeological walking map as well as a family-friendly audio adventure called The Mystery of the Factory in the Woods.
Graves Park is the largest park in Sheffield and the woods will lead you on an adventure! Follow any path, with the twists and turns, up and down there’s so much to see. A really lovely place for a bug hunt, nature exploring and woodland adventures. Graves Park is popular with families for the free farm and playground but the woods are fantastic too and shouldn’t be forgotten about. Definitely pack a picnic and go on a woodland trail in the autumn to see some beautiful colours.
Longshaw Estate, National Trust
For a countryside walk close to home, Longshaw Estate is the place to be. We absolutely love it and I know it’s very popular with families in Sheffield! At Longshaw Estate there’s the perfect variety of woodlands, open countryside space, magical trees and rolling views. We love the nature play areas; fairy doors in trees, Bogart trail, curly low trees with huge branches to climb and hide under. There’s 9 Bogart homes to find around Longshaw which is a permanent trail so you can do any time you go.
Every autumn there’s a family-friendly trail at Longshaw, for halloween 2018 trail maps are £1 from 27th October – 4th November. Families will have eerie adventures, and some challenges and riddles to solve along the way on the autumnal trail for halloween.
Try the Enchanted Forest Trail in Greno Woods for an outdoor nature play adventure. “The Enchanted Forest Trail has been created especially for toddlers and young children in the Trust’s Greno Woods nature reserve.
The trail is themed around the tradition of the green man: a figure of English folklore and a herald of the land’s renewal in spring. Beautiful green man carvings by Sheffield-based sculptor Paul Casson-Yardley provide a helpful spotting game to encourage little legs along the way, and they also set challenges: to build homes for gnomes, pass though labyrinths and overcome obstacles. It ends by a picnic bench, ready to receive weary travellers.” Find info about parking and directions here.
Greno Woods is an ancient woodland with 169 acres to explore. Beautiful all year round.
Norfolk Heritage Park
Norfolk Heritage Park is home to the Jarvis Lum woods. The woodland stroll is not long, pushchair friendly and perfect for those who want a short walk through some lovely woodlands. It’s so, so nice in autumn and thick with colourful leaves. One of our favourites.
Plus a lovely new adventure playground, cafe and nice indoor toilets and is suitable for public transport. I really recommend parking on Granville Road and walking up through the main big iron gates. As an alternative to using the car park in the park, as you would miss a walk up through a tree lined avenue.
Stoneface Creative is down at Storrs Wood with a wonderful outdoor woodland gallery. Andrew Vickers purchased Storrs Woodland 4 years ago and since then has transformed it into a magical fairyland and outdoor gallery for Stoneface Creative. Storrs Woodland can be found between the Rivelin and Loxley, just 20 mins from Sheffield city centre and is a beautiful space full of trees, art work, mushrooms, squirrels and yep… definitely fairies and trolls!
A variety of wonderful sculptures and stone carvings is what you can find on your stroll around Storrs woodland, at no charge, just go along and enjoy. The woodlands are closed in winter but there are many open days, seasonal events and more which you can find here.
Rivelin Valley Park
All year round Rivelin Valley Park is a popular park for all ages in Sheffield. In summer, the park is busy with families enjoying the free water splash and paddling pool, great playground and cafe. Head into the woods for a paddle in the stream. Take one of the paths which will lead you on a woodland adventure. We like to walk from Malin Bridge through the woods up to the cafe. There are a variety of routes to take and a nature trail.
And even more lovely places for outdoors adventures…
- Renishaw Hall & Gardens
- Rufford Abbey
- Chatsworth House Estate & Gardens
- Sheffield Botanical Gardens
- Sheffield General Cemetery
- Endcliffe Park woods
and even more here: