Rivelin Valley Nature Trail

The Route

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Start Point: Malin Bridge / Walkley Bank Tilt car park, Rivelin Valley Rd, Walkley, Sheffield, S6 5FY

Finish Point: Rivelin Mill Bridge

Distance: Approximately 2 miles (3.2 kilometers)

Walk Description

Starting Point: Malin Bridge / Walkley Bank Tilt car park, Rivelin Valley Rd, Walkley, Sheffield, S6 5FY

Key Highlights:

  • Rivelin River: The trail follows the picturesque Rivelin River, offering scenic views of the water and surrounding woodland.
  • Historic Water Wheels: Pass the remnants of over 20 historic watermills and 21 mill dams, which are a testament to Sheffield's rich industrial heritage.
  • Natural Beauty: Enjoy the natural beauty of the area with waterfalls, ponds, and stepping stones that add charm to the walk.
  • Wildlife: The trail is home to diverse wildlife, making it a great spot for nature enthusiasts.
  • Rivelin Park Café: A perfect spot for a break, offering refreshments and a place to relax.

End Point: Rivelin Mill Bridge

Practical Information

Distance: Approximately 2 miles (3.2 kilometers)

Difficulty: Easy – suitable for all ages and abilities.

Terrain: Well-maintained but can be uneven and muddy, especially in winter. The trail includes forest paths and riverside walks.


  • By Car: Parking is available at the Malin Bridge / Walkley Bank Tilt car park.
  • Public Transport: The Malin Bridge tram terminus provides easy access via public transport.

Tips for Walkers

Footwear: Sturdy, waterproof walking shoes are recommended due to the uneven and potentially muddy paths.

Supplies: Bring water and snacks. The Rivelin Park Café along the trail provides additional refreshment options.

Navigation: The trail is not always well-signposted, so carrying a map or GPS device can be helpful.

Weather: The walk is best enjoyed in spring or summer when paths are drier. Be prepared for changing weather conditions with waterproof clothing and warm layers.

The Rivelin Valley Nature Trail offers a serene and historically rich walk through a beautiful river valley in Sheffield.

This 2-mile trail follows the Rivelin River, featuring waterfalls, ponds, historic watermills, and diverse wildlife.

It is an ideal walk for families, history enthusiasts, and nature lovers looking for an easy and enjoyable outdoor experience close to Sheffield!

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