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The calm and beautiful Yorkshire valley that boasts stunning walks in all seasons


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For those looking to escape the city, Sheffield has plenty of green space right on its doorstep.

Many people’s first thought is to head out to the Peak District, but there are plenty of options all around the city for your to explore

And one popular spot, packed with woods, meadows, parkland and ponds, is just a 20-minute drive from Sheffield’s centre – and visitors rave about it.

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Shirebrook Valley Nature Reserve, to the southeast of the city, boasts miles of paths that attract walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders.

It’s natural beauty and open spaces, have proved a tonic, with some visitors online saying it was a place of escape during the stress of lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic.

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One visitors said: “In lockdown, a walk through Shirebrook Valley nature reserve has been restorative and a wonderful way to feel calmer.

“Walking a route through all the many and varied paths is probably visually/auditorily more satisfying than whizzing through on a bike. (The gates are there obviously to deter off-road motorbikes).

“Volunteers keep the paths litter-free and report any conservation concerns. Shirebrook Valley is an oasis and the recently refurbished Visitor Centre will be well-used when the schools are back and the worst of the pandemic is over.”

Based on 752 reviews on Google, the reserve has an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars, with reviewers highlighting the scenery and variety of trails as reasons they enjoy walking there so much.

One visitor said: “I love Shire Brook Valley, it is a quiet lovely place for relaxing and walking, beautiful in all the seasons and with lots of wildlife and streams.”

The visitor centre often runs events at the reserve, including bat walks at night, troll hunting, and a teddy bear’s picnic.

There’s also a huge amount of wildlife, including large dragonflies, butterflies and fish in the ponds.

The car park at Shirebrook is completely free and open all hours of the day.

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Written by: Rother Radio News

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