Five Weirs Walk – Sheffield City Centre to Meadowhall

in Sheffield

Following national cycle route 6 this is a lovely walk through the city of Sheffield following the River Don to Meadowhall.

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The Route

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  • Start Point: Lady’s Bridge
  • Finish Point: Meadowhall
  • Distance: 6 miles

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Walk Description

Winding along National Cycle Route 6, this captivating walk traces the edges of the River Don, leading you from the heart of Sheffield to the bustling Meadowhall area. As you journey along this urban path, you’ll not only delight in the serenity of the riverside but also delve into Sheffield’s rich industrial history. Ideal for people of all ages, this easy and accessible trail perfectly balances natural beauty with historical discovery.

Begin at Lady’s Bridge: The Gateway to Adventure

Your journey kicks off at Lady’s Bridge—a charming spot where you can grab a coffee to accompany your walk. This provides an opportunity to simply soak in the atmosphere, watching as life in Sheffield bustles around you. As you sip your coffee, the gentle sounds of the River Don offer a soothing backdrop, setting the tone for the tranquil experience ahead.

Strolling by the River Don: Nature Meets Industry

As you commence your walk along the well-maintained National Cycle Route 6, the slow-paced River Don will be your constant companion. Its calm waters flow parallel to the route, providing a harmonious soundtrack to your explorations. Yet the river is more than just a scenic spectacle; it’s a symbol of Sheffield’s industrial heritage, having played a crucial role in powering mills and transporting goods during the Industrial Revolution.

Discover Sheffield’s Industrial Past

This walk is akin to a live museum exhibit. Along the way, you’ll find various markers and installations that shed light on Sheffield’s vibrant industrial history. From steelworks to old factories, the trail offers a unique window into the city’s past life as an industrial powerhouse. While the walk is fundamentally leisurely, the educational components make it intellectually stimulating, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of the area’s historical importance.

Meadowhall: A Perfect Mid-Point Stop

Midway through your expedition, you’ll reach Meadowhall—a bustling hub replete with shops, eateries, and attractions. It’s the perfect spot to pause and refuel, perhaps stocking up for a packed lunch for the journey back. With its wide array of dining options, Meadowhall adds a touch of modernity to your historical walk, making it a well-rounded experience.

Accessibility and Inclusivity

Designed to be an accessible adventure, this route accommodates walkers of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re an avid hiker or a family with young children in tow, the flat and well-maintained path ensures everyone can participate in and enjoy this historical tour.


The River Don Promenade is not just a walk; it’s a narrated experience that combines the beauty of nature with the allure of history. From the coffee-scented air at Lady’s Bridge to the bustling energy at Meadowhall, this walk provides a fulfilling and multifaceted experience, making it a must-do for anyone interested in exploring Sheffield’s past and present.

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