Six reasons to live in the S6 area of Sheffield

The S6 area in Sheffield is made up of many great locations such as Walkley, Hillsborough, Bradfield and Loxley It is a popular area with young professionals, post graduate students and young families.

Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 1:02 pm

Here are six reasons why you should consider moving to the S6 area of Sheffield.

High property values

The estate agent Sheffield Residential has trawled through the statistics for the last 12 months to uncover the city’s biggest housing hot spots. S6 is the postcode that has had the highest increase in property values. Over the past 12 months properties there have increased by 2.84 per cent.

Our Cow Molly Farm Open Day, Dungworth. Ruby Sutton and Cora Andrew with one of the newly born lambs on the farm. Picture by Steve Ellis

Independent shops and eateries

In S6, there are plenty of independent cafes, shops, restaurants and takeaways. They include Choco Latte, a coffee shop with offers monthly bistro nights and Sette Colli, the acclaimed Vito’s Italian, The Walkley Press, an independent card and gift shop offering fun, pretty, arty and quirky things, The Flower Bowl, which was founded in Hillsborough in 1940, and Craftastic, which provides a variety of different art and craft materials for lots of different projects.

Parks and green spaces

Within S6 there are various parks including Ruskin Park, which hosts the annual Ruskin Park fun day and has a games area and playground. It also featured in the film The Full Monty. Hillsborough park is also very popular. It is huge beautiful green space that boasts historic buildings, a walled garden, playground, sports facilities and a fishing lake. The park was created in 1897 by The Dixon family. It is now owned by the council and hosts Sheffield's annual music festive Tramlines.

Circa Waves from Liverpool on the main stage in Hillsborough park for Tramlines 2019

Home of Sheffield Wednesday

Home to Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, Hillsborough lies three miles north west of Sheffield City Centre which is about a 10 minute drive. It was named after Hillsborough House which was built in tribute to the Earl of Hillsborough who lived in Hillsborough in County Down, Ireland.

Walking and nature

Wadsley and Loxley Common is an area of managed Heathland in Loxley. It's principle use is by walkers, but it has much to offer the visitor with an interest in bird watching, geology, history, wild flowers, fungi and nature in general. It is a good place to see a large variety of birds; over 78 species have been recorded in the last fifteen years. There's a good variety of mammals to be seen, including rabbits, field mice, moles and grey squirrels in the woodlands. Do not be surprised if you glimpse a weasel or disturb a fox either. A summer walk will reward you with a host of wild flowers; 146 species have been recorded. A walk through the woodlands in autumn should produce good numbers of fungi.

High Bradfield, near Sheffield. Picture: Chris Etchells

Close to the Peak District

Bradfield is the largest parish in England, and stretches over into the upper Derwent valley. Bradfield is actually made up of two small villages, with High Bradfield up on a hillside overlooking Lower Bradfield below which sits beside the River Loxley. High Bradfield is clustered around the gothic Grade I listed Church of St Nicholas and the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle. Meanwhile Low Bradfield, centres on a quintessentially English cricket pitch and bowling green. The Strines Inn, Bradfield Brewery and the award-wining ice cream parlour at the Our Cow Molly Farm are well worth incorporating into a day’s visit.