Step out Sheffield

Ecclesall Woods Health Walk


Thursdays: meeting at JG Graves Discovery Centre, Ecclesall Woods, entrance off Abbey Lane, in time to start walking at 10.30am. 


Ecclesall Woods are situated in the south west of Sheffield, and at over 300 acres, they are the largest semi-natural woodland in South Yorkshire. They are an extremely popular visitor destination particularly valued for their wildlife, historic and archaeological features.


We gather at the Discovery Centre (on the old Sawmill site) at about 10.15am & the one-hour walk begins at 10.30am. We make full use of the network of woodland footpaths & bridleways and each walk attracts about 30-40 people of all ages from widely different backgrounds & experiences. Good friendships are forged whilst enjoying the delights of walking through ancient woodland full of interest all year round.


We take regular pauses during the walk and our trained volunteers also provide a shorter, flatter, walk for those who prefer a more leisurely pace. You don't have to walk in the rain if you don't want to but some of us do. You can tell from the pictures below (taken in February 2019) that we prefer to walk in the sunshine!


After each walk, we enjoy refreshments from the kiosk at the Discovery Centre. 


Some of our regular walkers have said the following about this health walk:

“…the conversations with others can be empowering & encouraging…”

“…I found the group very friendly & soon looked forward to meeting each week…”

“…our discussions sometimes promote a ‘can-do’ attitude…”


Car parking

is available in the Discovery Centre and also in several lay-bys on Abbey Lane.

Travelling by bus – the 97 and 98 buses to Totley go along Abbeydale Road and the 81, 181, 271 and 272 buses go along Ecclesall Road. Using any of the above buses inevitably involves additional walking up or down Abbey Lane, or through the woods themselves, before reaching the Discovery Centre.

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