What is it?
Step Out Sheffield is a community volunteer scheme that brings people across the city together through walking.
Walks happen regularly from convenient start points like cafes, community centres or church halls. They are concluded with a hot drink, a chocolate biscuit or two and friendly conversation between an expanding group of friends.
Each walk is split into levels, and are gentle for those starting out and brisker for those wanting to step out! Walk leaders plan the routes and coordinate the different levels of activity, so it’s really easy to get started.
Who's it for?
Everyone! There is no age limit – in fact the oldest regular walker is 96 years old and parents and toddlers take part in some of the groups too.
What’s it cost?
All walks are free but many of the groups make a small charge for refreshments.
Some groups collect £1 for drinks and biscuits and any spare funds go towards day trips for the entire group. These have included trips to the coast and country houses.
What do people think of it?
We interviewed some of the participants of a group at Owlthorpe while out walking. This is what they said:
“We do go walking but the main thing is socialising. I’ve met lots of friends here and at other walks, and I walk with someone different every time I go.”
“There is a lady that is new to city, who is using the walks to explore areas in Sheffield and meet new people too.”
Graves Park Health Walk
Monday 10.00 at the Rose Garden Café
Graves Park is located 3 miles south of Sheffield city centre, and at 87 hectares, it is the city's largest public park. The park boasts 2 playgrounds, woodlands, lakes, sports grounds, a cafe and urban farm with animals. The views on the walks are quite outstanding.
Porter Valley Health Walk
Tuesday 1:30 pm outside Endcliffe Park Café
The Porter valley provides an attractive and sheltered environment for walks with the added bonus of the occasional glimpse of a king fishers or a heron. In Endcliffe Park and Bingham park the path surfaces are tarmac and in good condition.
Woodhouse Health Walk
Friday 1:30 pm Woodhouse Library
We are a small group who welcome new members or visitors from other walks. Walks are 3/4hr to 1hr in length, walkers choosing which group that they are comfortable to walk with. Striders or strollers usually walk into the Shirebrook valley. Our less able/wheelchair group walk to the local Park or Supermarket.
There is a significant body of evidence that suggests that walks in green spaces improve mental wellbeing and even contribute to longevity of life.
You don’t have to be a medical scientist to understand that getting out in the open and meeting people is good for you!
All three Move More clinical centres are running trials which refer patients to Step Out Sheffield as a way to better health.
25 locations currently host weekly health walks and the number of Step Out Sheffield groups continues to expand, so there’s one near most people in Sheffield.