Catch a glimpse of Victorian life at Brodsworth Hall, a country estate that has been conserved exactly as it was found. Roam the gorgeous grounds that tell a story of the changing fortunes of those who once lived and worked here. Discover the unique rose garden in all its Victorian splendour as you wander through perfectly symmetrical paths, lined with over 100 different types of roses.
Head to Sheffield for a scenic walk along the Rivelin Valley Nature Trail. Feel inspired by the sounds of rushing water as you stroll along the side of a rushing river. Hop across stepping-stones as you delve into a landscape filled with weirs, waterfalls and serene ponds. Explore attractive woodlands that are home to an endless variety of interesting flora and fauna. Pick up a delightful riverside trail through the Wyming Brook Nature Reserve. Once exclusive hunting and hawking grounds for the nobility, Wyming Brook’s babbling streams, mossy crags and sweet-smelling pines are now a wildlife haven open to all. Bird watchers will feel right at home as they watch all kinds of birds – from pine seed eating crossbills to white and brown dippers – flit about as they forage for food along the fast-flowing streams. Take an easy stroll by the streams to watch the birds go about their business, or climb steep rocky routes to get a glimpse of dramatic views over the Rivelin reservoirs and city beyond.
Head to the Redmires Reservoirs to follow the circular walking trail through woodland paths, climbing across the Peak District Moors as you look out for wildfowl and waders on the water.
Delve into Rother Valley Country Park, 750 acres of beautiful landscape to explore and enjoy. Hire a boat and spent the afternoon relaxing on the park’s serene lake or try your hand at fishing instead. For the more adventurous, try your hand at water zorbing, canoeing, kayaking, wakeboarding or water-skiing. Home to over 260 species of birds, the park is the perfect place for wildlife enthusiasts to pass the time. Look out for one of the park’s many small mammals – from voles and shrews to hare foxes – as you enjoy a picnic on the riverbanks.
Drive to the beautiful rural estate village of Wentworth to discover South Yorkshire’s best kept secret. Home to a herd of wild red deer, the countryside around Wentworth is the perfect place for a peaceful afternoon spent walking, cycling or horse riding. Follow the paths within the parkland enclosure in front of Wentworth Woodhouse for excellent views of the Woodhouse and surrounding landscape. Step back in time as you wander through narrow village streets that have remained largely unchanged for centuries.