Situated in South East Sheffield, the Shire Brook Valley contains over 100 hectares of land protected for Nature Conservation and recreation. The Reserve is open to the public all year round.
Local Nature Reserve status was gained for the valley in 1999, including five distinctive sites:
The Shire Brook Valley woodlands are also part of the South East Sheffield Woodlands Project
Public events are run at weekends and in the school holidays in the Shire Brook Valley by the Ranger Service. See the Ranger Events Diary for more information.
There are opportunities to volunteer within the valley as part of the work the Ranger Service does, or with one of the 3 active groups based there.
Three information leaflets are available for those who wish to visit the site and find out more.
'Shire Brook, The Forgotton Valley', published in 2007 has been written by local people about the fascinating history of the valley.
The reserve has two visitor facilities (both disabled accessible):
Shire Brook Valley Visitor Centre, Stone Lane, Woodhouse – used by a wide range of groups including; schools, youth groups, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, local clubs and organisations. For directions, see the Map attached below. Nearest bus stop - Coisley Hill.
Birley Spa Victorian Bathhouse, Birley Spa Lane, Hackenthorpe is used by a variety of groups and also available for private bookings.
Anyone wishing to organise visits, report problems or send in ecological records should contact us.
Presentation about working as a Ranger in the Shire Brook Valley
Presentation to celebrate the completion of a 3 year Wildspace! project in the Shire Brook Valley
Map showing the Shire Brook Valley Visitor Centre location, with written directions.
Map of the boundary of Shire Brook Valley.