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The ‘fabulous gem’ free paddling pool in Sheffield hidden in the trees and loved by families


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Sheffield’s much-loved Rivelin Splash has been a hugely popular spot for families on sunny days for years.

The three adjoining pools, in Rivelin Valley Park, include jets, sprinklers, bucket drops and water tables which are ideal for outdoor play on a warm day.

Rivelin Splash can be found off Rivelin Valley Road, next to the main entrance to Rivelin Valley Park.

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The swimming pool was opened in 1909 for men and boys, though the water was always very cold because of low sunlight due to it being set low in the valley. The pool closed in the 1930s when the large wooden hut used as changing facilities burned down.

New facilities were built for the park in the early 1950s and the paddling pools were completely revamped and renamed as the Rivelin Valley Splash in 2013

It was announced the pools, which are free to use, would be opening earlier in the summer following the pandemic to the delight of residents.

The pool has become an integral part of the Rivelin Valley Trail, with one reviewer writing: “What a fabulous gem on the outskirts of Sheffield!

“Although it was fairly busy, it didn’t feel too overwhelming and we were able to find a safe spot for a paddle in the river without anyone else being nearby.”

Another happy visitor said: “We went with 3 kids and the dog. There’s lots of water falls and things see. The kids loved the stepping stones and having photos at the waterfalls. It took roughly 1 hour 30 mins to walk to the cafe/paddling pools but we were stopping for photos etc. Would definitely recommend a visit.”

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Rivelin Valley Paddling Pools are designed to be accessible for all, and are open from 11am to 5pm, seven days a week according to Sheffield City Council.

The pool has disabled access and facilities, ramped access and special aqua wheelchairs are available for loan to disabled children and their carers.

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