Sheffield to Rotherham (via Meadowhall)

This surprisingly green route takes you between two of South Yorkshire’s main urban areas, Sheffield and Rotherham. It uses a traffic-free greenway along the canal and the River Don Valley, passing the shopping mecca of Meadowhall. The route also forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

Sheffield is a bustling city with a rich industrial heritage, boasting over 1000 listed buildings, museums, great green spaces and lots of attractions.

Once you’re ready to head out of the city, however, this route follows the River Don out of Sheffield and travels past Salmon Pastures Nature Reserve, a small but important wildlife haven that is a great place to spot rare butterflies, as well as many other plants and insects.

From here the route continues through Newhall and Carbrook, where you can visit Carbrook Hall. Once a pub, the building is now a Starbucks, but it was originally built in 1176.

Some have claimed it to be Sheffield’s most haunted house. From here it’s a short ride to Meadowhall where you can find around 280 shops, cinemas and plenty of places to eat and drink.

From here the route continues past the New York Stadium, home to Rotherham United. Clifton Park is in the centre of Rotherham and has beautiful gardens, play areas, a museum and mini-golf.

Rotherham Minster has been a site of worship for over 1000 years and is a magnificent building.

The route actually ends at Rotherham Central. At this point, you can either retrace your route or hop on the train back to Sheffield.


Download your free guide to easy, traffic-free routes on the National Cycle Network in your area.


Route diversion

Due to flood damage and bridge repairs, this route has been diverted away from the riverside path at the Steel Street bridge, down Bessemer Way and onto the traffic-free path by Sheffield Road.

Please contact the local Sustrans office for further information.


Would you like more route inspiration? Sign up to our enewsletter.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

Sheffield to Rotherham is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.


Share this page