Walk: Blue Loop Sheffield Walk

in Sheffield

An 8-mile waterside walk taking in both the River Don and Sheffield & Tinsley Canal.

The Route

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  • Start Point: Blonk Street, Sheffield
  • Finish Point: Victoria Quays, Sheffield
  • Distance: 8.3 Miles

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Walk Description

Enjoy a long circular walk taking in the industrial heritage and waterways of Sheffield. You begin this walk on the River Don and pass all 5 weirs of the river. The weirs were built to as part of Sheffield industrial evolution. When you reach Meadowhall, you will leave the River Don, and pick up the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal.

Once on the towpath you will pass a number of locks and Tinsley Marina. Tinsley Marina came to fame in 1997 by starring in the opening scenes of The Full Monty. As you start heading back into the city centre look out for the street art that has been created. The art represents the range of people that make up the local community and their stories.

Due to Sheffield’s industrial past the waterways have historically been badly polluted. Today, the water quality is much improved, and the area has become a haven for wildlife. Look out for butterflies, kingfishers, herons, salmon and otters on your walk.

If you are looking for a shorter version, the walk can be broken down into smaller circular sections.

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