Sheffield is a very green city with over a third of it being within the Peak District National Park. It offers superb opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding and simply enjoying green spaces and open countryside.
The Public Rights of Way Group looks after public footpaths, bridleways and byways across the city, as well as large areas of access land.
Our paths are mainly rural, and are mainly signed from the roadside. We do not deal with urban paths with tarmac surfaces and street lights, neither do we deal with pavements and roadside verges. This is done through Streets Ahead.
We are also unable to deal with motorcyclists using Public Rights of Way unlawfully. Please contact South Yorkshire Police regarding such problems.
If you want to plan a walk, or just get a general idea of where to find our paths and access land, you are advised to buy an Ordnance Survey Explorer map which can be purchased from most good bookshops and outdoor shops. Numbers 1 and 278 cover the Sheffield area. You can also use the Ordnance Survey's Get A Map web page to view online maps of Sheffield.
Our main responsibilities are
Maintaining paths signs, stiles, gates and bridges
Protecting your rights to use Public Rights of Way
The Definitive Map and Statement
Closing and diverting paths either temporarily or permanently
Claimed Paths are well used paths not recorded as public
The Adopt a Path Scheme where volunteers help look after paths for us
Open Access as a result of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000
Statutory registers relating to the Definitive Map
The Local Access Forum advises us on countryside access matters
Easy Going Trails are short easy walks suitable for everyone