Short walks in the New Forest
Discover three of the best short walks for families in the New Forest National Park
With over 5,000 species of plants to see and smell, the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield offers a relaxing place for plant lovers. The Botanical Gardens also has greenhouses full of tropical plants!
The Gardens also have an open air theatre and music and art events. So, have a look at their website for dates and times for events.Open in OS maps
With a children’s playground, Graves Park is the perfect location for a family day out. The park is home to a farm of rare breeds of cattle, pigs, chickens and donkeys – the perfect place to take the children.
If you’re into sports, the park has a practice golf course, two bowling greens and several tennis courts – perfect for weekend activities. There are also cricket and football pitches that are regularly used by the public. The Park has three lakes, that make the perfect view for a walk. Or, if you’re into running, parkrun is held at Graves park every Saturday morning.
If, after all of the activities, you need to rest – then the park has a café which is open every day of the year except Christmas day!
The Peace Gardens were built in the 1930’s, and were originally called ‘St. Pauls Gardens’. It is rumoured, however, that they were later called the Peace Gardens as the WW2 Munich agreement was signed at the same time.
The Peace Garden contains many memorials, such as for those from Sheffield who served in several wars and a memorial to Hiroshima.
Within the gardens is a fountain, which provides a relaxing place to sit near whilst having lunch. ‘Blue space’ or water such as seas, lakes or fountains can have a regenerating effect on mental health. So, Peace Gardens can provide the perfect ‘peaceful’ place to visit in your lunch break, or for a relaxing afternoon.Open in OS maps
Located 2 miles out of the city centre, Endcliffe Park is the perfect location for a family day out.
Shepherds Wheel is located here, an old grinding shop run by a waterwheel, which children can enjoy being soaked by in the courtyard. Displays tell the tales of events that happened in the River Porter, so is worth a stop if you’re at the park.
If you want to get in your exercise, then Endcliffe Park is perfect. The River Porter runs through the Park, providing you with beautiful scenery for walks, runs or jogs along it – make sure you look out for waterfalls. There is also an outdoor gym – what better way to get in your exercise AND save money on a gym membership?
For the kids, there’s a good playground to keep them entertained. There’s also 2 ponds with ducks – so make sure you bring some bread to feed them. There’s also a good café, with brightly painted tables, where you can sit and watch the world go by.Open in OS maps
Hillsborough Park is in the Hillsborough area of Sheffield, and has excellent public transport links, meaning it is easily accessible for everyone. Check out the park on the greenspaces layer on OS maps to see the access points if you do wish to walk or drive there.
There are plenty of activities to do here, particularly if you’re into sports. The park has basketball and tennis courts, a small football pitch, and is also home to a running club and weekly parkrun. There’s also a fishing lake (but do check fishing licenses), and a bowling green.
Hillsborough Park often has an ice cream van, perfect for the summer months. Although there is no onsite café, the park is located near some local cafes where you can get your food and refreshments.Open in OS maps