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Pictured is Roy Mosley of the Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust on his Mountain Bike cycling through Greno Woods
Pictured is Roy Mosley of the Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust on his Mountain Bike cycling through Greno Woods

Roy Mosley is Head of Land Management at Sheffield Wildlife Trust and has lived in Sheffield for 16 years.

Roy is very much an outdoor person, being an accomplished climber, mountain biker, fell runner and skier.

He said: “I’m originally from the north east but moved to Sheffield to go to university and I’m one of those people who has never left.

“I love living in this city – it’s such an amazing place, especially for an outdoor person like me. It’s brilliant after a hard day at work to be able to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, get on my bike or drive out, forget my worries and admire the amazing scenery of the Peak District.

“I feel very lucky to live in a place where I can run for 15 minutes and be in the middle of the countryside. There’s nowhere I’d rather live.’’

Blacka Moor

This nationally important nature reserve is managed by the Wildlife Trust and offers great views, excellent trails for walking, running and biking and a fantastic range of moorland wildlife. Look out for the red deer and the highland cattle that are helping to maintain the site as open moorland.

Cricket Inn

After a trog round Blacka there’s nothing better than some hearty food and a pint at the Cricket in Totley. Great on a summer’s evening, with outdoor seating overlooking the cricket pitch and moorland backdrop.

Although I’m not sure it makes the tourist brochures, I love the Kelham Island part of the city – it’s a bit rough around the edges but the industrial heritage of this area is undeniable as illustrated by the museum, the river has great wildlife including kingfishers and otters and is also home to three of my favourite places…

The Foundry

Sheffield’s premier climbing wall is world-renowned and has produced some of the best climbers in the world. There’s dozens of routes to choose from along with a bouldering wall, café, shop and super-friendly staff.

The Milestone

Proper Yorkshire grub especially if you like pig in its various forms! It has a great relaxed atmosphere with locally-sourced produce and offers good value. It’s also close to the legendary Fat Cat pub if you fancy a local ale or two afterwards.

Parkwood Springs

Just up the hill from these near the Ski Village is one of the unsung gems of the city. Made up of fields, woodland and heath it’s like a country park in the middle of a city with even greater potential when the landfill gets capped off!

From the high point the views are fantastic right across the city and the Don Valley, with the moors in the distance. The site also has great biking with plans for new trails, a wildlife sanctuary and the historic Wardsend Cemetery.

Chop’t Riverside Herb Centre Cafe

located in the Hope Valley between Hathersage and Bamford this great little café does warm and cold meals, excellent cakes and has the best bird feeding station I’ve seen, just outside their panoramic window. For foodie delicacies check out the farm shop and the herbs and plants outside are worth a look.

Lady’s Spring Wood

Although Ecclesall Wood across the road gets all the attention this Site of Special Scientific Interest near Beauchief golf course is much quieter and great for running through, especially in spring when the bluebells are out.

Horace Baldock

This Woodseats fishmonger on Chesterfield Road is well-known in the city with quality fish, shellfish and nearly always some interesting game available such as partridge and wild boar. You’re sure to get a cheery welcome and plenty of advice on how to cook your purchases.

The Showroom

It amazes me that so many people trek across to Centertainment when we’ve got a brilliant independent cinema in the city centre. It doesn’t just show arty, independent films – the blockbusters are also shown but it’s rarely full. The restaurant and bar are good for a beer or some food even if you’ve no interest in films.

The Maynard at Grindleford

My wife tells me I had to include the Maynard as it’s where we got married. This pub/restaurant/ hotel serves excellent food and has the most stunning views of Derbyshire. It has ten rooms and conference facilities.

Walkers and other outdoor types are welcomed by the management and you can sit in the bar and have a pint and a bar snack or have a full sit down meal in the restaurant. Upstairs is the function room, where we had our wedding reception and partied the night away into the early hours with all our friends and relatives – needless to say for me it’s a place full of happy memories.

Greno Woods

Wharncliffe, Wheata and Greno Woods to the north of the city are one of the biggest blocks of woodland in the region with huge recreational and heritage value. They offer miles of paths and tracks for walking and cycling with interesting wildlife, geology and archaeology.

Wharncliffe is famed for its extreme downhill mountain bike trails with Greno offering mellower trails with less of a grind back up. Wildlife includes the nocturnal nightjar, grass snake and the rare shining guest ant. The Wildlife Trust is launching an appeal in the spring to acquire Greno Woods to secure its long-term future for people and wildlife.