Sheffield is voted the best UK city for countryside lovers

The BBC Countryfile Magazine Outdoors City of the Year is... Sheffield! 

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Although many of us would like to live in a little cottage in the middle of nature, working life doesn’t always allow that. With that in mind, we asked you to vote for the best UK city to live in if you’re a countryside lover. Voting is now closed and we can announce that the BBC Countryfile Magazine Outdoors City of the Year is…






This beautiful city received a huge 71% of votes, followed by Edinburgh with 21%. And you love it for many reasons: “Half the population live within 15 minutes of open countryside”, “The UK city with the most green space, and parks that lead seamlessly from the city out to the Peak District”, “Great outdoorsy shops and resources”, “Sheffield is green on so many levels”, “It has to be Sheffield: hills, valleys, rock faces, cycle paths, moors, there’s nothing you can’t do!”.


Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “I am extremely pleased that this poll has confirmed that Sheffield is the best in the UK for people who love the outdoors. 


Home to runners, climbers and hikers, and with a third of our city within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park, there really is no other major UK city as in touch with the outdoors as Sheffield is.”