15 October 2015

Sheffield’s outdoor credentials are growing in stature on the global stage.

This week the city is hosting the European Outdoor Summit, attracting more than 300 leading outdoor businesses and brands. This latest significant event comes just a month after the International Adventure Tourism Conference was also held here.

And to coincide with the spotlight shining on Sheffield, a much-anticipated new website for visitors, tourists, locals and outdoor enthusiasts has been launched today at www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk

Written and produced by Sheffield walkers, runners, climbers, cyclists and mountain bikers -including Sheffield legends such as Steve Peat and Steve McClure – the website captures the very latest goings-on from those who love the outdoors for those who love the outdoors.

Bursting with trails, routes, guide information, signposts to travel and hospitality information plus recommendations from people in-the-know, The Outdoor City website is for the enjoyment of anyone planning a city break with a twist, indulging a passion for the outdoors or even taking their first steps into the adventure playground on their doorstep.

Already known internationally as the climbing capital of the UK, Sheffield is also home to an impressive community of bikers, walkers and runners. The city’s natural topography has led to the attraction and retention of talented people who want to live, work and play here.

The proximity between the urban and rural landscape gives Sheffield its unique identity as The Outdoor City, making it the UKs leading destination for people seeking outdoor adventure, city culture and rural escapes.

Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council and cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “Fourteen out of Sheffield’s 80 parks are acclaimed as among the very best in the UK – more than any other city in Yorkshire.

“The stunning Peak District National Park sits within our city boundaries, home to world class climbing routes, walks, runs and bike rides. Sheffield has four indoor climbing walls and the only city centre mountain bike trail in England, while our newly crowd-funded Lady Canning mountain bike trail has had 2,000 riders rolling 7,000 runs in the first seven weeks.

“It is undoubtedly the unique people and the places that make Sheffield The Outdoor City and now we have a website that can help other’s enjoy what we all get to experience by living here.”

Visit www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk for a thrills and spills ride through Sheffield’s outdoor city scene.

In the words of world mountain bike champion Steve Peat: “Sheffield has an awesome outdoor scene and a lot to be proud of – but don’t take my word for it – check it out!”