Cliffhanger: What’s on and where at Sheffield park

Spoiled for choice when it comes to climbing in Sheffield
Spoiled for choice when it comes to climbing in Sheffield

Climbing, running and biking - here’s a what’s on and where to find it guide to Cliffhanger in Millhouses Park, June 21 and 22.

CLIMBING

Whatever the weather, whatever your style, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to climbing in Sheffield. Climbing Works is home to the world’s biggest indoor bouldering wall and has recently opened the Mini Works for little ones to have a go.

The Foundry was the UK’s first dedicated indoor climbing wall with more than 1,000 square metres of walls and last year saw the opening of Awesome Walls in Attercliffe with more than 300 different routes.

If the sun’s shining, head out into the gritstone crags and boulders of the Peak District including the stunning four mile long Stanage Edge.

The British Mountaineering Club’s handy online map will show you all the local crags, shops and affiliated clubs nearest to you.

Check out www.climbingworks.com, www.foundryclimbing.com, www.awesomewalls.co.uk and www.thebmc.co.uk/map

TRAIL RUNNING

If you’re tired of pounding the pavements, take advantage of the woodland trails and moorland footpaths just minutes from your door.

Trail running is one of the cheapest, most accessible sports. Hook up with local clubs like Totley Athletics Club or Dark Peak Fell Runners.

Or add an extra element by learning to map read as you run. Orienteering is an adventure sport for all ages.

South Yorkshire Orienteers hold races and training sessions every week in the region’s forests and parks and are open to anyone.

The National Trust and Jog Derbyshire have just launched monthly family-friendly 1.6 or 3 mile trail runs up at the Longshaw Estate and whether you’re a first time runner or seasoned pro, the first ever Sheffield Trail Rush race (based on the famous 24.5k Sheffield Round Walk Route) takes place on 27 July.

Visit www.totleyac.org.uk, www.dpfr.org.uk, www.southyorkshireorienteers.org.uk, www.jogderbyshire.co.uk and www.trail-rush.com.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Downhill legend Steve Peat put Sheffield well and truly on the mountain biking map.

His annual Steel City Downhill race is going from strength-to-strength. Parkwood Springs city centre mountain bike trail opened in 2012.

Built by Sheffield City Council the 2km dedicated mountain bike trail is designed to be accessible to all it’s a blue trail with red level opt-ins.

Campaign group Ride Sheffield are working and fund-raising to build sustainable circuits from existing tracks in Greno Woods and on Lady Cannings Plantation.

And if you want a taste of the stunning singletrack surrounding Sheffield, check out locally produced films ‘North’ and ‘7 Cogs of Sheffield’ which premiered at this year’s Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. Looking for like-minded company? Sheffield Mountain Bikers’ rides are just £2 a ride or £12 a year with several rides a year.

See www.steelcitydh.com, www.facebook.com/ParkwoodSprings, www.shaff.co.uk and www.meetup.com/Sheffield-Mountain-Bikers.