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Don Valley Way

The Don Valley Way is a walking trail that follows the River Don from Doncaster to Sheffield

It’s 29 miles long and the whole trail can be used by walkers, with approximately half of it suitable for cyclists.

The trail is part of a Heritage Lottery funded project celebrating the history and wildlife of the River Don. In the past the river played an important role in the industry of the area. The Don provided power and water to the many mills and factories along its banks and many of the buildings and structures associated with this industry can still be seen as you follow the trail.

Following the trail takes you on a journey of discovery. In some places the Don passes through green fields with wildflowers and dragonflies and if you are lucky you might see the flash of a kingfisher. In other areas you pass mills and factories, buildings that show how important industry was along the Don.

The trail is never far from the railway line which makes it perfect for an interesting walk and return home by train. There are lots of fascinating heritage features to look at along the way, and the trail ends at the fascinating Wardsend Cemetery in Sheffield. There are also several pubs and cafes along the route – check out the route map at!

Off the main route of the Don Valley Way are a series of circular heritage trails, which delve a little deeper into the history of the towns and villages along the River Don. Download a route from, or download our free trail app which guides you around with local voices telling you all about the history and heritage of the area.