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  1. Strap on your boots and take in Sheffield on foot as Sheffield Walking Festival returns 8 - 17 September 2017. Over ten days, the festival presents a host of free enjoyable walks for a range of abilities, with plenty to see and discover along the way. To view the walks and make bookings visit http://www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/walking-festival/ The festival celebrates all sides of Sheffield with 34 routes of varying lengths and themes. Take in the city’s varied heritage, fascinating suburbs, hidden outdoor art and eclectic pubs, or enjoy a family themed walk including a picnic and paddle. Several walks will once again showcase the city’s dramatic borders that overlap with the Peak District, while others will shine a light on the city’s more central nature reserves and green spaces. Historical walks follow the Norfolk Heritage Trail, the boundary of Sheffield Deer Park, explore Burngreave, Stannington and the Gleadless Valley, visit the 8 halls of Totley and a variety of old cemeteries. Countryside walks visit Wharncliffe Heath with the trustees, Bolsterstone and the Ewden Valley, follow the course of the great Sheffield Flood, explore the Eastern Moors with rangers from the Peak National Park and the naked people of a lost sculpture trail. For those who like a challenge, there’ll be an opportunity to take on the famous Sheffield Round Walk in reverse and a chance to cover off a decent portion of the newly opened Peak District Boundary Walk. Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Sheffield Walking Group with a 15 mile Peakland walk and the life of GHB Ward, founder of the Sheffield Clarion Ramblers, on a walk to coincide with the launch of the new Clarion Call book. There’s also unique opportunity for lovers of outdoor photography to hone their skills on a masterclass walk with award winning outdoor photographer and author, Chiz Dakin. And TV presenter, Andrew White, will lead the walk around Ladybower from the first series of his Walks Around Britain programme.
  2. It's that time of year again, when our ancient woodlands put on their dazzling display of bluebells. As the author of Walking South Yorkshire, which concentrates on woodland walks in Sheffield and Rotherham, I should be an expert, but with such a short season it is difficult to visit them all. So here are my 3 favourites for 2017. Why not add your own recommendations to the list to allow others to explore the best we have to offer! 1. Woolley Wood - SK 380 926 - an urban setting close to Meadowhall and with traffic noise, but nowhere else comes close for the uninterrupted carpet of blue throughout. It takes your breath away. 2. Falconer Wood - SK 443 865 - the most southerly of the three Treeton Woods. Stunning setting close to Treeton Dyke with lots of good paths through and around. 3. Bitholmes Wood - SK 294 965 - this hilly wood, managed by the Woodland Trust, is close to Deepcar. Though the bluebells are seen in patches, where they're good they're very good and the scenery is wonderful. Best explored by following the Dragon Trail from the entrance along More Hall Lane.
  3. Sheffield Walking Forum, in collaboration with The Outdoor City, are putting on a major Walking Festival from 10 - 18 September 2016 to showcase the variety and beauty of the scenery within the city, which includes much of the Peak National Park. The 29 walks range from 2 miles to over 15 for those who like a tough moorland challenge, including the whole of the Round Walk and the Sheffield Country Walk, done over 5 days. Most walks are free, but you need to register at theoutdoorcity.co.uk/walk to reserve a place, and to win vouchers for outdoor gear and eating out.
  4. The ten sculptures are on a walk called the Kimberworth and Blackburn Roundwalk and are by Argentinian sculptress, Marcella Livingston, who worked out of Bradford. The plaques, only one of which has not been stolen for scrap, contained poetry by Sheffield's Matt Black, who is now pretty famous. No leaflet for the walk exists as far as I know and I have no idea when they were installed, but it is great fun finding these nudes scattered throughout the woods and making up silly names for them.
  5. I have the original Countryside Commission for Scotland guidebooks and maps - 2 double sided at 1: 50000 with the route highlighted, by Ken Andrew from 1984. I doubt if the route has changed much since conception. It's a great walk, well worth doing. My main grouse was they seemed to have taken the easy way out and used too many existing minor roads and forest tracks when there was so much beautiful open country nearby where natural footpaths could have been established. Contact me privately by email to discuss if interested.
  6. This is a message from the Sheffield Walking Forum. We're thinking of setting up a Facebook page for all people in Sheffield interested in going on led walks - 'Sheffield Walking'. It would work by several volunteer contributors posting links and updates about walks carried out by Sheffield walking groups, including yours. It wouldn’t replace any pages or websites, just link to them. The idea is to help people to be well connected about what walks are going on and generally keep their interest throughout the year. For anyone wanting to announce a special walk (e.g. a charity walk or a festival walk) it would be invaluable. So firstly we're interested in whether you think it's a good idea. Do you think there is a role for it alongside your website and Facebook page/group (if you have one). Secondly we're wondering if you know anyone who loves using Facebook and would get a kick out of contributing. Their job would be to post anything they think would be of interest to the walking community. They would commit to 'little and often' contributions, maybe only 15 minutes a week … but the difficult part for most people would be keeping it going throughout the year. If you think of someone who may be interested, could you/they email me? Thanks, Duncan McIntyre Senior Transport Planner Sheffield City Council 0114 205 3073 duncan.mcintyre@sheffield.gov.uk
  7. Saturday 5 July. Walking Out in Sheffield. Meet at 10am in Meadowhall Tram Interchange for this 6 mile walk on a little known sculpture trail near Kimberworth before exploring the ancient woods and flower meadows of Grange Park. Leader: Rob Haslam Tel: 0114 287 9466. The walk is FREE (except for public transport costs) and is part of Walking Out in Sheffield, run by Sheffield Ramblers. email roberthaslam0@googlemail.com for more details. Full programme of walks available at: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/roads/travel/walking/organised-walks.html
  8. Saturday 7 June. Walking Out in Sheffield. Meet at bus stop on Snig Hill at 09.45am to catch bus service 14 to Wisewood for this linear Strider walk of 5 miles 3 hours over Wadsley and Loxley Commons, through the fields to High Bradfield church for lunch, then down to Low Bradfield for the bus back to Hillsborough. Can include circuit of Dam Flask. Leader: Pat Langford Tel: 0114 233 1596. The walk is FREE (except for public transport costs) and is part of Walking Out in Sheffield, run by Sheffield Ramblers. email roberthaslam0@googlemail.com for more details. Full programme of walks available at: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/roads/travel/walking/organised-walks.html
  9. Chances are it will be long out of print and unavailable, but dozens have come along since then. For something closer to home, and to prove you don't have to visit the Peak District to find good walking country, check out my Walking South Yorkshire on Amazon.
  10. Saturday 5 April. Walking Out in Sheffield. Meet at 10am opposite WH Smith in Pond Street Travel Interchange for this Strider walk of 6 miles 4 hours from the Interchange to Rotherham along the canal and return by bus. Leader: Vera Large Tel: 0114 242 1411 The walk is FREE (except for public transport costs) and is part of Walking Out in Sheffield, run by Sheffield Ramblers. email roberthaslam0@googlemail.com for more details. Full programme of walks available at: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/roads/travel/walking/organised-walks.html
  11. Check out the book "Walking South Yorkshire" on Amazon.co.uk. It fully explores all the best ancient woodlands in Sheffield and Rotherham, all mapped on OS and with good directions and historical notes.
  12. Thursday 20 March. Walking Out in Sheffield. Meet at 10am outside WH Smith in Pond Street Travel Interchange for this Stroller walk of 3 miles 2 hours from the Interchange via Five Weirs Walk to Washford Bridge and return via the canal in the company of local historian Les Seaman. Leader: Les SeamanTel: 0114 266 7723. The walk is FREE (except for public transport costs) and is part of Walking Out in Sheffield, run by Sheffield Ramblers. email roberthaslam0@googlemail.com for more details. Full programme of walks available at: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/roads/travel/walking/organised-walks.html
  13. Check out "Walking South Yorkshire" on Amazon.co.uk. Contains 30 of the best walks in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley, between 2 and 8 miles.
  14. Thursday 13 March. Walking Out in Sheffield. Meet at Arundel Gate mini interchange at 09.40 to catch 09.55 bus service 85 to Grenoside. St Helena viewpoint, Prior Royd Wood, Little Hall Wood and Greno Wood. An easy walk with no steep climbs, just 2 stiles and some lovely views. Strollers. Leader: Neil Barthorpe Tel: 0114 246 4423 The walk is FREE (except for public transport costs) and is part of Walking Out in Sheffield, run by Sheffield Ramblers. email roberthaslam0@googlemail.com for more details. Full programme of walks available at: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/roads/travel/walking/organised-walks.html
  15. Thursday 20 February. Walking Out in Sheffield. Meet at Arundel gate mini Interchange at 10.20am for this linear Strollers walk of 4 miles 3 hours. Fine views over the city from Parkwood Springs then down through Wardsend Cemetery and over to Hillsborough Park. Leader: Neill Schofield Tel: 0114 272 4499 The walk is FREE (except for public transport costs) and is part of Walking Out in Sheffield, run by Sheffield Ramblers. email roberthaslam0@googlemail.com for more details. Full programme of walks available at: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/roads/travel/walking/organised-walks.html
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