‘Staycation’ in South Yorkshire can have health benefits


With the school summer holidays over half way through, many people will be running out of inspiration for things to do with their children for the rest of the summer.  South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is encouraging people to enjoy a ‘staycation,’ with plenty of adventure, in and around South Yorkshire.

SYPTE is suggesting that locals, like most tourists, use public transport to explore in South Yorkshire, discovering new places and leisure activities. Journey planning tools and information on different ticket options are available at the Travel South Yorkshire website, which also has some handy tips for places to go.

“There are many free top-class destinations just on our doorstep. Parks, museums, villages, countryside - you name it”, says Richard Pilgrim, from SYPTE’s Active and Sustainable Travel team.

“We have a number of parks in the region, all free and most of them accessible by bus. With cafes, walks, cycling tracks, urban farms, activities and playgrounds, it’s a great way to spend time close to nature in the middle of a city.

“Buses can also take people further, into the Peak District, its trails and its villages, for instance. And if the weather is not as summery as we’d like it to be, there are free indoor destinations guaranteed to put a smile on any child’s face, such as the Clifton Park Museum in Rotherham, Experience Barnsley, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery or the Weston Park Museum in Sheffield.”

Operators First and Stagecoach offer special deals for groups of up to five people (maximum two adults over 16) travelling together with day tickets starting at £5. TM Travel offer day tickets which include the peak district lines from £4 (child) and £7(adults).

Choosing to walk, cycle or travel via public transport is a certain way to save money and add some physical activity into anyone’s day. So, a staycation can be good for the wallet as well as the waistline.

“Making small changes can have a big impact on your life. Switching to active travel, even if it’s just for a few days a week, will help you reach the NHS recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week and can be combined with public transport to provide a significant boost to physical activity levels”, says Richard.

According to Public Health England (PHE), walking and cycling for travel have similar health benefits as other types of physical activity and, as they can easily be built into daily life for instance walking to school or to the bus stop as part of your commute, people are more likely to carry on exercising.

Richard concludes: “With children travelling from as little as 80p per single journey, and with weekly and monthly travel tickets that offer unlimited journeys, it’s time to enjoy the long summer days and explore your surroundings with fresh eyes. It might just be surprising!”

For information about making Little Big Changes through active travel, places to visit in South Yorkshire and journey planning visit travelsouthyorkshire.com.