Roche Abbey
“The place to be for walks in Rotherham”… There are loads of places to visit and things to see on a Rotherham walk…. This is a busy and sprawling borough with over 250,000 residents and something which surprises many people is the fact that over 70% of its 118 square-mile area is rural. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside, ancient woodland and picturesque small towns and villages giving lots of opportunities to explore and enjoy a casual ramble. Some of the amazing local landmarks to discover if you fancy a Rotherham walk include Wentworth Woodhouse, Roche Abbey, Clifton Park, and Rotherham Minster.
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The Chapel of Our Lady on the Bridge, part of Medieval Rotherham

Urban Walks

Wath Town Walk - 2 miles around the town centre of Wath Upon Dearne. Includes Brook Dike and a Mausoleum.

Wickersley Wood Walk - A 2 mile round walk in Wickersley including some roads, field and Wickersley Wood, as well as Winthrop Park. See our photos and report of this walk here

Roman Ridge (Swinton) - A 4.5 mile walk following the Roman Ridge (series of dykes) around the edge of Swinton, including the Rockingham Works.

Roman Ridge (Kimberworth Park) - A 3 mile walk where the Roman Ridge goes through Kimberworth Park including St Thomas Church and Hudson’s Rough.

Roman Ridge (Kimberworth) - A 2.5 mile walk following the Roman Ridge towards Sheffield through the fields overlooking Meadowhall and the Green Lane statues.

Roman Ridge (Rawmarsh) - 5 miles following the Roman Ridge towards Mexborough from Rawmarsh. The route includes the village of Upper Haugh and the Waterloo Kiln.

Walks for Health - A selection of mini walks from 1/4 mile to 1 mile across the borough of Rotherham, mainly focusing on parks and recreation grounds:

  • Brampton Recreation – ½ Mile walk on grass, Brampton Bierlow
  • Brookfields Park – 1 mile walk on gravel paths, Wath Upon Dearne
  • Wath Park – 1 mile walk on tarmac paths, Wath Upon Dearne
  • Rosehill Victoria Park – ¼ mile walk on tarmac path, Rawmarsh
  • Horsefield Park – ¼ mile walk on tarmac, Swinton
  • Barkers Park – ½ mile walk on tarmac, Kimberworth
  • Ferham Park – ½ mile walk on tarmac, Ferham
  • Clifton Park – 1 mile walk on tarmac, Clifton
  • Thrybergh Country Park – 1 mile walk on gravel, Thrybergh – see our photos and report of this walk here
  • Herringthorpe Valley Park – 1 mile on tarmac and grass, Herringthorpe
  • Ruby Cook Recreation Ground – ½ mile walk on grass, Bramley
  • Coronation Park – ¼ mile walk on tarmac, Maltby
  • Brinsworth Recreation Ground – ½ mile walk on tarmac, Brinsworth
  • Herringthorpe Playing Fields – 1 mile walk on tarmac and grass, Herringthorpe
  • Alexandra Park – ½ mile walk on tarmac, Aston
  • Dinnington Community Woodland – 1 mile walk on path


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The Bandstand at Clifton Park which plays a part in a number of our walks


Countryside Walks

Spire Walk- A 2 hour walk starting in Laughton en le Morthern taking in All Saints Church, Roche Abbey and a picturesque waterfall.

St Leger Walk- A 1 and a half hour family friendly walk around the village of Letwell, the alleged site of the first St Leger Horse race.

Waleswood Walk- A 1 and a half hour walk which includes Rother Valley Park and a chance to see its abundant birdlife.

Wales Walk- A 4 mile walk from Rother Valley including Nor Wood and a former pit.

Village Walk at Ulley Country Park- A morning / afternoon’s walk around the Domesday village of Ulley following a stream and reservoir with the Royal Oak pub half way round.

Farmland Trail at Ulley Village - A 2 hour walk around Ulley Village stopping at the Royal Oak pub for refreshment.

Scholes Walk via Keppel’s Column- A 1 and a half hour walk around Scholes Village including Scholes Coppice (with its Iron Age Fort) and Keppel’s Column plus panoramic views of Wentworth.

Wentworth Countryside WalkA 2 hour walk around Wentworth taking in the hamlet of Street, the Needle’s Eye and Elsecar Heritage Centre. See our photos and report of this walk here

Harry Rogers Trail - A 1.5 mile walk around Ravenfield including the Park and St James Church. There are some steep sections.

Domesday Villages Walk - A 5 mile walk around the three villages of Kiveton, Todwick and South Anston, with some excellent pub opportunities.

Whiston Countryside Walk - A 2.5 mile walk through the fields which lie adjacent to Whiston with an unusual opportunity to walk underneath the M1! This also takes in scenic cricket grounds and the medieval church.

Rother Valley Sculpture Walk - A 1.9 mile (very hilly) walk around 10 wooden sculptures which have been designed by local young people, starting out at Rother Valley Country Park. Includes a big hill.

Anston Stones Walk - A 5 mile walk taking in a stretch of the Bluebell Way along the scenic Chesterfield Canal, as well as woodland and a quarry where the stones to build the Houses of Parliament came from.

Stan Rouse Trail - A relatively flat 5 mile walk around the edges of the village of Aston, taking in the medival church.

Thorpe Salvin Trail - A 3 mile walk through the ancient woods at Thorpe Salvin, taking in Thorpe Hall and the Chesterfield Canal.

The Old Mineral Line Trail - A 2 mile tarmac-ed route from Thurcroft towards Todwick, part of the ‘miles without stiles’ incentive which means the route is accessible for all.

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Wentworth Village – enjoy it on the Wentworth Countryside Walk

Waterside Walks

Rother Valley Northern Lake - A 1 mile walk around the Northern Lake at this popular country park. Relatively flat and easily accessible.

Rother Valley Northern and Main Lake - A 3 mile walk incorporating the Northern Lake and the Main Lake at Rother Valley Country Park, where there is abundant bird life.

Rother Valley extended walk - A 5 mile walk which takes in both the Northern and Main Lakes, and the Wales Wood.

The Tom Wakefield Way - A short 0.5 mile walk around the Harthill Reservoir which was originally a set of holding ponds for the Chesterfield Canal. Good accessibility for everyone.


Harthill Reservoir – the base of the Tom Wakefield Way

Woodland Walks

Hail Mary Wood Walk- A half day walk through the ancient woodland known as the Hail Mary Wood at Treeton.

Canklow Wood Heritage Trail - Two choices of walk through ancient woodland which has been there since at least 1600. There is an easy option for mobility (1/2 hour) or the more challenging 1 hour route.

Scholes Coppice / Brays Plantation Walk - Explore the ancient wood at Scholes Coppice, including Caesar’s Camp (iron age earthwork) and the Brays Plantation from the 1820s.

Grange Park Woods - Made up of 5 ancient woods – Gallery Bottom, Kennel Wood, Walkworth Wood, Barber Wood and Ockley Bottom on the edge of Kimberworth.

Bassingthorpe Spring - An oak wood in the Wingfield area of Rotherham, where bluebells are common in the spring and you may spot a woodpecker or two.

Wath, Boyd Royd and Birch Woods- A walk through three nearby woods, Boyd Royd is thought to be Iron Age, and Wath and Birch Wood were grazed as wooded pastures.

Gibbing Greave and Herringthorpe Wood Ancient Woodlands on two sides of Herringthorpe Valley Park where you can see some rare insects and woodpeckers.


Bluebells in the Hail Mary Wood

Thanks to the following who published the Rotherham walks in this page:

  • South Yorkshire Forest
  • Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Rother Valley Country Park


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