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Tuesday 24 November 2020

4 Locations for a Socially Distanced Date in Sheffield

4 Socially Distanced Dates in Sheffield

We're heading into another stage of the pandemic in England with new tiered restrictions taking effect from December 2nd, it's not been confirmed yet which tier Sheffield will be in but I think it's highly likely we'll be on the strictest tier. While this isn't any time to relax there's an understanding that during the winter people need to be outdoors more often to maintain their mental wellbeing. I've put together a guide of 4 lovely places you can visit for a socially distanced date for those who have been on lockdown together or maybe those single people out there who've been utilising a Yorkshire dating site* to finally meet up. Ensure you're following the most up to date guidelines and stay safe.

Endcliffe Park

Endcliffe Park Sheffield

Endcliffe Park is two miles outside of the city centre but close enough to get to, it's based in S11 really near Ecclesall Road which is perfect for calling and picking up lunch and taking for a picnic in the park. It's 15 hectares and is part of the Porter Valley Parks sequence. 

There are lots of things to do in the park and look at, from a beautiful lake with ducks to the Mi Amigo Memorial to a number of Grade II listed statues and features such as the Pavillion and statue of Queen Victoria, there's a nice circular walk but definitely wear sensible shoes at it can get a bit muddy in the winter.

Parking isn't brilliant as it's all on-street parking but it's quite centrally located and can be reached by public transport too. There's also a cafe and toilets within the park - this is probably my top choice in Sheffield for Yorkshire Dating* during the pandemic just because of it's proximity to lot's of different places and things to do to keep busy

Botanical Gardens Sheffield

Botanical Gardens Sheffield

Picture courtesy of the amazing Ellie at EKR Pictures

Botanical Gardens holds such a close place in my heart, it's where Connor proposed to me and where we had pictures taken on our should have been wedding day. There are over 5000 species of plant in 19 acres of land and beautiful glass pavilions. Unfortunately inside is currently closed but that doesn't stop you taking wonderful pictures around the Pavillion. There's a water fountain at the bottom of the walkway leading to the Pavillion and my favourite part is the Bear Pit - complete with a steel sculpture of a grizzly bear. The Sheffield Botanical Gardens around the Ecclesall area with the main entrance being situated near the Hallamshire Hospital - on street parking is available and it's such a nice place to visit and see the seasons changing

Graves Park

Graves Park Sheffield

Graves Park is situated on the South of Sheffield so a lot less central but it is the biggest park in the city sitting at 248 acres. It covers open land and woodland, small lakes, an animal farm, kids play area and various sporting facilities. The animal farm is working on a pre-booking service during the pandemic to limit numbers. There's also a public parking area which is excellent for a park outside of the center of the city. Highly recommended and somewhere I visit often

Damflask Reservoir

Damflask Reservoir

This is definitely for those fancying a trip into the country, based in Loxley Valley, 5km from the center of Sheffield Damflask Reservoir provides a hearty 5.5km round walk with well signposted routes and comfortable paths. In the winter it does get a little muddy and sludgy so I recommend proper walking boots or wellies if they're comfortable (my grey trainers were a wreck so I won't make that mistake again). The Reservoir is used by rowing and sailing clubs and also open to anglers so there's normally something to look at but the best thing is the views, such beautiful views of the peaks. I'd recommend parking on New Road near the Nags Head pub if possible, this means halfway around your route you can pop into Low Bradfield to the cafe for ice cream and rest.

As you can imagine parks, reservoirs and outdoor spaces are busy right now as people try to escape their home for a little walk so it's important you stay safe, socially distant, and wash your hands regularly. Keep an eye on my explore Sheffield page as I highlight everything you can do in our beautiful city 

Sheffield Outdoor Walks

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