Graves Park Sheffield Reviews
Mar 25, 2007
Apparently Sheffield has more greenland per square mile than any other town or city in the UK - or so I'm led to believe by something I once read. It does have to be said that there are plenty of parks dotted about the place and I'm pretty sure Grave Park must be one of the biggest.
It sits on the hillside joining Norton with the suburbs of Woodseats and has an impressive acreage. As well as the rolling grass banks you'd expect of a metropolitan park it also houses areas of quite dense woodland - and none of your farmed or planted stuff - this is proper style country woodland. As with most areas of Sheffield you're never far from a river and here you can follow the stream as it meanders from the old boating lake on the hill down through a peaceful wooded valley (see pics). The peace is more surprising when you consider that it is no more than a hundred yards from the main arterial road running into the city centre!
Elsewhere the park boasts numerous sporting pitches which are always heavily used throughout the year, a pavilion style café, a couple of lakes (one used to host rowing boats but these disappeared some time ago) and plenty of open grassland for the young or the young at heart to play on. In the summertime there's always space to grab yourself a bit of grass to relax on and pass a lazy Sunday afternoon.
The south side of the park (and it's highest point) also houses a 'rare breeds centre' which keeps farm and rural animals in a number of wide open fields. So if you fancy seeing highland cattle or rare pigs and chickens there's plenty to see.
One (slightly) interesting note – I once saw Peter Andre and Mark 'Return of the Mac' Morrison playing in the park as part of the Sheffield Festival. Aren't we cosmopolitan?
Part of the Made in Sheffield travel blog
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