River Don, North Yorkshire | South Yorkshire | East Yorkshire
The Don valley still bears the traces of industry, especially in the urban centres such as Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham. However, today the Don is a much cleaner and healthier river than in the even fairly recent past. Salmon, trout and grayling are all now present in the waters.
Navigation as far as Sheffield was considered vital to trade this but had long proved difficult. It eventually was made possible, in many stages over a period of several years, by adding piecemeal canal cuttings to avoid circuitous and unnavigable sections of the Don. This method sufficed as far up as Tinsley where a canal was then cut for the final leg to Sheffield. The cuts and navigable river sections together constitute the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation.
The Don is a river that exists in two distinct landscapes. The river flows through the old industrial setting but also through beautiful rural scenery. The Don area of Yorkshire is known for its steep hills. Sheffield, just like Rome, is built on seven hills. The hills allow panoramic views of the Don Valley from several high vantage points. Penistone and Thurgoland are well known both locally and further afield for their picturesque rural settings.
Just as in all other parts of the Pennines, walking and rambling are very popular in the region. Cycling, both on and off road, is very popular. The Sheffield to Rotherham stretch of the river has five weirs that punctuate the Five Weirs Walk, a well-loved local walking and cycling route. A further walk, the Upper Don Walk, is being added to allow one to walk or cycle from Sheffield city centre all the way up to Oughtibridge.
Both fishing and boating are popular on the Don. The main species to be caught are Barbel, Chub, Roach, Perch and Skimmers but Bream, Dace, Eels, Pike and even Carp can be found.
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