Looking back at my photo gallery, I realised how much more time I spent in Sheffield’s parks this year. Going for walks was basically the only interesting thing to do anyway under Covid restrictions. It made me realise how much Sheffield’s green spaces have to offer. Notably, it is almost impossible for me to pick a favourite since each park glows in different seasons.
Here are 4 nearby parks in the city that I feel that everyone should really take a stroll in:
Weston Park’s fall foliage and winter wonderland this year really took my breath away, my pictures really do no justice to the beauty that my eyes feasted on. It is, however, a very pleasant walk for any time of the year where you can observe the livelihood of people jogging around, walking their dogs, playing tennis, feeding the ducks and pigeons, and children running around spreading cheerful laughter.
Crookes Valley Park
My favourite season of Crookes Valley is definitely spring. The cherry blossoms are so just so intricate and dreamy. It is very romantic when the warm breeze blows and the petals shower down gently. However, the park is simply enjoyable all year round, whether it is for grabbing a drink at the Dam House, picnics with friends, snow sledding down the slopes, rowing in the lake, or watching the fireworks reflect on the water surface.
To be honest, Ponderosa looks like a ghost town in late autumn and winter. However, when the greens burst into life, and the pretty little white and yellow flowers bloom furiously, walking through the park is like taking a healing spa. I find it uplifting to see that there are always people playing Quidditch, frisbee, football or some other sports in the fields. Ponderosa is just so lively, not to mention, one of the best places ever to watch the sunset in Sheffield.
*The first 3 parks really do come in a package since they are literally a stone’s throw away from each other.
Sheaf Valley Park
Sheaf Valley Park is located a little further away down the train station. It offers a very good panoramic view of the whole of Sheffield’s city skyline. The changes in landscape really make the walk interesting. First, there is Steel Steps, a long flight of stairs passing through the Sheffield Amphitheater; then there is a little hike up the hill to the Cholera Monument; a forestry trail through Clay Wood and a patch of serene grassland where you can exit the park through Norfolk Road and take a look at Park Hill, a famous piece of Sheffield architecture that is steep in both history and controversy.
Blog post by Mentor Heng Chew