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SHEFFIELD ROUND WALK A 24km/15mile scenic city walk through parks and woodland

Sheffield Round Walk is a 15-mile circular walk covering the beautiful southwest corner of the city. It reveals the stunning and varied landscapes of this part of the city, you’ll see ancient woodlands, river valleys, pretty Victorian suburbs and parkland, and you’ll glimpse the moorland above the city. Written by Sheffield local Jon Barton, the text is peppered with interesting detail about Sheffield’s industrial past, geology and the varied and surprising wildlife that can be seen on this walk. The walk starts and finishes at Hunter’s Bar Roundabout, where you can visit the lovely independent shops and cafes along Ecclesall Road and Sharrow Vale Road. From here the route goes through Endcliffe Park following the Porter Brook to Ringinglow. Next, pick up the Limb Brook, following it down to Ecclesall Woods and then on to Beauchief. Onwards through Graves Park, Meersbrook Park and passing the River Sheaf before climbing up through Nether Edge and Chelsea Park and back to the start. The walk is split into four linear sections, which vary in character from peaceful and rural to lively and urban. Each section includes plenty of ideas for places to visit on the route as well as details of local cafes and pubs. Together with stunning photography, this book features Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, refreshment stops and places to visit on and near the route.

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Jon Barton


SHEFFIELD ROUND WALK A 24km/15mile scenic city walk through parks and woodland

Jon Barton


SHEFFIELD ROUND WALK Jon Barton

First published in 2020 by Vertebrate Publishing. Vertebrate Publishing Omega Court, 352 Cemetery Road, Sheffield S11 8FT, United Kingdom. www.v-publishing.co.uk Copyright © 2020 Jon Barton and Vertebrate Publishing Ltd. Jon Barton has asserted his rights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as author of this work. A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. ISBN 978-1-912560-83-7 All rights reserved. No part of this work covered by the copyright herein may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means – graphic, electronic, or mechanised, including photocopying, recording, taping, or information storage and retrieval systems – without the written permission of the publisher. Front cover: Forge Dam. All photography by Adam Long unless otherwise credited. All maps reproduced by permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of The Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. © Crown Copyright. 100025218. Design by Jane Beagley, production by Cameron Bonser – www.v-publishing.co.uk Printed and bound in Europe by Pulsio. Vertebrate Publishing is committed to printing on paper from sustainable sources. FSC logo here Every effort has been made to achieve accuracy of the information in this guidebook. The authors, publishers and copyright owners can take no responsibility for: loss or injury (including fatal) to persons; loss or damage to property or equipment; trespass, irresponsible behaviour or any other mishap that may be suffered as a result of following the route descriptions or advice offered in this guidebook. The inclusion of a track or path as part of a route, or otherwise recommended, in this guidebook does not guarantee that the track or path will remain a right of way. If conflict with landowners arises we advise that you act politely and leave by the shortest route available. If the matter needs to be taken further then please take it up with the relevant authority.

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Contents Introduction

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Acknowledgements

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Run or walk? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viii Walk times . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x The Countryside Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x Maps, descriptions, distances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x Km/mile conversion chart

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Sheffield Area Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xii 1 Porter Valley

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2 Limb Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 3 Sheaf Valley

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4 Gleadless Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Further information

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Meersbrook Park


Introduction The Sheffield Round Walk is one of the most scenic, long urban walks in the UK. Because of the wide variety of habitats encountered on the Round Walk the flora and fauna is justifiably varied. Predominantly parkland, from wild and ancient woodlands through to manicured playing fields, the walk also covers gardens, urban development, rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, farmland, allotments, golf courses, meadows and hedgerows. The path uses well-marked good trails and short sections of roadside footpath to link each section. The walk is well signposted by distinctive green signposts and acorn waymarkers. A fine tradition is to look out for all three species of British woodpecker – the great spotted, the lesser spotted and the green – all big fans of the walk. The woodland is a mix of ancient and some plantation, much continuously wooded since at least the sixteenth century. Mature oak and beech woodlands fill the lower valley sides, with birch and rowan common in the higher cloughs, alder in wetter areas and ash on the field margins. Jon Barton

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Mill race near Forge Dam


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VALLEY Hunter’s Bar Roundabout Endcliffe Park Bingham Park Shepherd Wheel Whiteley Woods Forge Dam Porter Clough Mayfield Alpacas Ringinglow

Finish Start Hunter’s Bar Roundabout, Ecclesall Ecclesall Road, Road, S11 S11 8PT. 8TF Grid reference  SK SK 332857. 332857

Distance 5.6km/3.5miles

The The Norfolk Norfolk Arms, Arms, RinginRinginglow glow Road, Road, S11 S11 7TS.7TS Grid reference SK SK 291837. 291837

Terrain

Public footpaths, bridleways and roads, can be muddy in parts parts during during winter. winter

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Previous page: Looking down the Porter Valley towards Sheffield Top left: The Porter Brook in Whiteley Woods Top right: Endcliffe Park Inset: Mandarin ducks Right: Endcliffe Park Far right: Heron in Whiteley Woods Far right bottom: Primroses

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The Sheffield Round Walk starts from Hunter’s Bar Roundabout on Ecclesall Road (A625). The old toll gate is still in evidence in the middle of the roundabout – it was active until the late nineteenth century, when a rapid need for housing overtook the area. Fortunately Endcliffe Park has remained development free. The park has several monuments dedicated to Queen Victoria, as well as a small plaque on the site of a World War II aircraft crash site – an emotive incident in which a damaged plane, hoping to land on the playing field, crashed into the hillside to avoid children playing in the park. It is through this park that the walk begins. Start on the roundabout at the open gateway; keeping the Porter Brook to your right, follow the tarmac path up to and past the children’s playground then onwards. Traversing this popular park, always following the Porter Brook, keep an eye out for brown trout, herons and kingfishers near the water. On this section of the walk a number of millponds and dams can be seen which once provided the water powering Sheffield’s metalworking industries. Leave Endcliffe Park and cross over Rustlings Road, heading into Bingham Park and Whiteley Woods.


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Top left: Mill race in Whiteley Woods Top right: Woodland near Forge Dam

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Follow the broad tarmac path through the park. The path passes Shepherd Wheel which is worth a quick explore. Shepherd Wheel was a water-powered grinding workshop; it is thought to have been used primarily for the grinding of table and other domestic knives as well as penknives and pocketknives. It derives its name from its connection with a Mr Shepherd who, in 1794, employed ten men there. The restoration of Shepherd Wheel which is listed as a scheduled ancient monument was first conceived in 1926. Over the intervening years negotiations proceeded for its preservation and restoration, culminating in 1954 with the formation of the Council for the Conservation of Sheffield Antiquities who, together with the help of numerous firms and volunteers, carried out a programme of restoration to the buildings. It offers a fascinating insight into Sheffield’s past. Despite its tranquil setting in acres of glorious woodland, the interior gives some impression of the horrendous working conditions experienced by the grinders. At dusk bats emerge from the eaves to hunt insects around the pond and nearby woodland glades.


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After Shepherd Wheel cross over Hangingwater Road, leaving the tarmac paths behind now, and continue walking through Whiteley Woods, crossing Whiteley Wood Road, then up through thick woodland until you reach tarmac and a lovely mill race. Turn left then right to arrive at Forge Dam, with its famous children’s slide, cafe and the last of the Porter millponds.

Above left: Shepherd Wheel Dam Above right: Forge Dam Cafe

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