Sheffield Waterways Strategy

We have over 150 miles of rivers and streams in Sheffield and we want to deliver sustainable regeneration for future generations. To achieve this, we need to involve everyone who is able to help.

By 2022, we want our rivers to become central to Sheffield being an attractive, competitive and sustainable city, rich in wildlife and offering a wonderful quality of life to residents, workers and visitors.

The strategy goals

  • placing people at the heart of our waterways regeneration
  • helping our city rediscover its wealth of waterways as an economic opportunity
  • adapting to climate change and managing flood risks more sustainably
  • promoting Sheffield and its waterways
  • using our rivers to help celebrate our heritage, culture and rich history
  • securing access along a citywide network of riverside parkways
  • ensuring effective stewardship and encouraging everyone to care for our rivers
  • giving high priority to protecting wildlife and enhancing habitats


We formed the Sheffield Waterways Strategy Group with our partners, including:

  • the Environment Agency
  • Groundwork Sheffield
  • Sheffield Wildlife Trust
  • South Yorkshire Forest Partnership
  • University of Sheffield
  • the Five Weirs Walk Trust
  • the Upper Don Walk Trust
  • Canal & River Trust
  • Yorkshire Water
  • other local environmental and amenity groups

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