MILLHOUSES PARK IN SHEFFIELD
JUNE 2018 WALK EVERY DAY FOR A WEEK CHALLENGE – DAY 5 – more about the challenge here.
After quite a long walk yesterday around Monsal Dale I went to Millhouses park today for a gentle stroll. It is a local park to me and it is packed with various activities you can enjoy.
It is a public urban park located in the Millhouses neighbourhood in south of Sheffield, England. It is a 12.87-hectare (31.8-acre) park stretching approximately 0.75 miles (1.2 km) along the floor of the valley of the River Sheaf, sandwiched between Abbeydale Road South (A621) and the railway tracks of the Midland Main Line.
In 1907 William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 7th Earl Fitzwilliam gave some of his land in Millhouses to the City of Sheffield. The City Council bought more land and laid out a public park. By the 1930s facilities at the park included a boating lake, an open-air swimming pool, paddling pools, a cricket pitch, bowling greens, and tennis courts. By the 1960s the park could attract up to 50,000 visitors on summer weekends.
In the 1980s, the lido (the successor of the open-air swimming pool) was closed, and in the 1990s the paddling pools were also closed due to fears of water pollution in the River Sheaf, which fed the pools.
In 2010, Splash Waterplay was opened, completing the renovation of the old Lido area. This now incorporates a traditional and adventure play area, skate park and Splash area. The old paddling pools were also filled and landscaped to form a ‘fish ladder’ which allows migratory fish to swim up-stream to spawn. It also creates several rock-pools and planting areas for wildlife to thrive.
River Sheaf – the River which gave Sheffield it’s name! A beautiful, winding, rocky river which runs the full length of the park perfect for a leisurely stroll.
The garden was open in 2010 by Friends of Millhouses Park (website here) and made by Hector and Cedric at Ecclesall Saw Mill using locally sourced green oak from Graves Park. It is an oasis of calm and tranquility and the herbs and scented plants have been planted together with the wild flower garden.
Hire a paddle boat and enjoy traditional fun in the boating lake, or come down to one of the meetings of the Sheffield Ship Model Society to see beautiful model sailing ships, speedboats and even submarines!
Millhouses Park Cafe
In 2010 the old park-keeper’s hut was taken over by the Millhouses Park Cafe run by the Pudding Ladies. They serve all day breakfast, vegetarian, gluten free and kids food, cakes and ice creams. They are open daily all year round from 9am to 5pm ( last orders at 4:30pm). There is also a seating area outside the cafe overlooking the boating lake. Check out the cafe’s website here.
Our son loves the Splash Water Play Area which I didn’t take a picture due to lots of children on it for privacy reasons. It is brilliant. Perfect for a sunny warm weather and parents can just sit and relax on the benches or grass with a picnic or a coffee or ice cream bought at the nearby kiosk (open only at the weekends I think) which is also run by the cafe.
You can also find an Adventure style playground with balance beams, chains and climbing bars, swings and a large climbing frame and a zip wire.
Climbing wall for 4-11 year-olds.
A children’s cycleway with humps, bumps and road markings.
Free to use outdoor gym including pull-up bars, cross trainers and body weight resistance trainers. Skate park and a zip wire are just behind the outdoor gym as you can see at the background of the photo below.
There are six all weather tennis courts in the park. For more information check the www.sheffieldtennis.com.
Football pitch with permanent goals.
Millhouses Park Bowling Club with Pitch ‘n’ Putt course next to the Sensory Garden. More info here.
And that is not all. There is also a Cricket pitch – home of Millhouses Works Cricket Club. Park and Display car park and of course toilet facilities.
And don’t forget ice cream! Ice cream van is there most of the time when the weather is nice.