Sheffield scoops title of best city for outdoor lovers

Eccles Pike looking towards Mount Famine and Kinder Scout
Eccles Pike looking towards Mount Famine and Kinder Scout

Sheffield has a new title hailing its outdoor reputation after thousands of people voted for the city to win a new poll.

More than 5,000 votes - or 71 per cent of the total - were cast for Sheffield in the online Countryfile poll to find the best city for countryside lovers to live in.

In second place was Edinburgh, which trailed with around 1,665 votes before the contest closed at the weekend.

Comments submitted by residents praised the city’s proximity to the Peak District, hill views, parks and green spaces.

One wrote: “I can run from my house, three miles from Sheffield city centre, to the Peak District and only the first 800 metres is on tarmac.

“After that it’s parks, woods and fields before the whole expanse of the Peak District opens up before me - beautiful!”

David Watkins added: “Sheffield wins hands down. Half the population live within 15 minutes of open countryside.

“Where I live at Stocksbridge it’s five minutes. We’ve over 80 parks and 600 green open spaces, it is the only city with a national park in its boundary.

“Go by bus to Fox House and in less than 30 minutes you are in some of the most beautiful countryside in the country.

“Sheffield’s countryside is great for walking, cycling or just staring at.”

Earlier this year Sheffield was hailed as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’ after a study showed activities such as climbing or mountain biking generated more than £53m a year for the local economy,

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for sport and leisure at Sheffield Council, said: “I’m extremely pleased this poll has confirmed something we in Sheffield know already – the city is the best in the UK for people who love the outdoors.

“There really is no other major UK city as in touch with the outdoors.”