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KID-FRIENDLY WALK | Endcliffe Park to Forge Dam – Sheffield

14th May 2019

Forge Dam

Why I love it:  It starts in the much loved Endcliffe Park, so a great meeting point if doing the walk with others. It’s a really straight forward path and you end up on the cusp of the Peak District, so feel a long way from the city.  

Kids will be entertained throughout the walk with a river, ponds, woodland paths, stepping stones and bridges, and will enjoy a play in the Forge Dam park at the midway pitstop. The café at Forge Dam does a mean bacon butty (all their food is good) and the ice cream keeps the kids happy, but there is loads of space to picnic too.  

You can choose to go beyond Forge Dam café into the Peaks, if three miles is too short for zap the energy of your beloved kids, or you can park at Forge Dam on Brookhouse Hill and do a smaller woodland walk if you don’t think the little legs will make the full three miles. Very versatile and easy with kids. 

Distance: 3 miles 

Route: You can pick up the walk anywhere within Endcliffe or Bingham Park, and follow the main park path away from Ecclesall Road. If driving, parking on Rustlings Road or Oakbrook Road is your best bet, but you can easily get to the park via a bus, or like me, walk from home.  

Walk throughout Endcliffe, past the café, play parks and numerous ponds into Bingham Park. Bingham has a brilliant stretch of double pathway, perfect for kids practising their scooter skills or getting their balance on their bike, but after that the concrete disappears into woodland paths. Lots of bikers still use the path, but it’s not for kids lacking confidence on their wheels.   

Follow the path throughout Bingham along the riverside, past the Shepherd Wheel, and when you cross over Hangingwater Road the path forks. Right takes you across stepping stones, left on a path. There are two paths from this point to Forge Dam, and they join every so often by a bridge, so if you are walking in a larger group it can add a little adventure to split upThe woodland paths are absolutely fine for buggies, wide with a few roots and bumps but nothing too off-road 

A little further along you cross Whitely Wood Road and continue on the woodland path which brings you to Forge Dam. Forge Dam is a great place to take a picnic or eat at the popular café. There are toilets, baby changing facilities and the play park caters for a variety of ages, with the slide built into the hill being the most popular feature. A great midway point to refresh and let the kids have an ice cream and play in the park. 

From this point you can choose to walk further, beyond the Dam or return back along one of the paths. Even though it’s not a loop, it’s still an enjoyable and peaceful walk back towards Endcliffe where you can finish your walk with a cuppa at the cafe. 

Terrain: Fairly flat and wide woodland paths, with a river running alongside the whole walk.   

Pram friendly? A buggy will be absolutely fine. Tried and tested with a double and single buggy. 

What to look out for: The resident crane in Endcliffe Park, and the Shepherd Wheel in Bingham, a Grade II water-powered knife grinding workshop.   

Facilities along the way: Both the start at Endcliffe Park and mid-way point at Forge Dam have a café, toilets, play park and parking 

Car parking and cost: Free street parking, best places to park are either Rustlings Road or Oakbrook Road if starting from Endcliffe Park.  

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