Sunday, 29 March 2009

Longer Daylight hours












I love this weekend - because we put the clocks forward which means the daylight lasts longer. I'm very much an outdoors sort of person and hate being cooped up. Today, we went on a walk that we often do with friends. It is an amazing walk as you start off almost in the heart of the city, but end up (very quickly) in the Peak District. Sheffield is a very green city and has some lovely parks. The world and his dog seemed to have teemed into them as the sun shone brightly today (although we did see a smattering of snow under the walls as we neared the Peak District). We started off in Endcliffe Park in the city. The walk weaves through several city parks along side a river called the Porter Brook. Although you would never guess from how it looks today, this is actually where the Sheffield cutlery industry started. I guess at one time, it would have looked very industrial, but today its just beautiful woodland. There is still one of the old industrial units (the Shepherds Wheel) in the woods, and it is open as a museum on occasions(but not today). At the top end of the walk, the views of the city and beyond are absolutely stunning. On a clear day (and this was) you can see Lincoln Cathederal. We finished off our walk by saying hello to a field full of Alpaca's and then returning back through the woods to the park. This walk is made even better by the quantity and quality of Cafe's along the way. One of them is an old 1940's nissan hut with bags and bags of character. Another (Woody's on Ecclesall Road - posh shopping road) - serves the best breakfast sandwich (The Full Monty) for only £2.50!!! and its enormous. Hope you all had a good weekend.

10 comments:

Shabby Chick said...

Love the pics Diane, it sounds and looks like you've had a great time. My girls love Alpacas, they would love that walk!

Mel xxx

Rosie said...

Oh, that sounds like a wonderful walk - from city to countryside through parkland with industrial heritage - just my cup of tea:) It was lovely yesterday to have daylight until later in the evening.

twiggypeasticks said...

Hello
fellow Yorkshire lady!! thanks for the message on my blog, lovely photies. Whereabouts in Yorkshire are you?
Twiggy x

driftwood said...

walks that feature cafes are the only ones that get considered in our family, years of bribing the little people with cake!
looks like you had a lovely day

Julia said...

Ahhhhhhh the Woodys full monty eh?! Heehee, had a few of those in my time!
Lovely photots, I was brought up not far from Endcliffe park so its rather a nostalgic place for me, the stepping stones, the cafe..all just smashing!

Wentworth was like discovering a little jewel - cant believe we haven't been there before and its all thanks to your post that made me go! Didnt make the wool shop on this visit, but Ive spotted it and will try and sneak off for a look round next time!

Love and sunny days to you
J xxx

noelle said...

hi diane looks like you had a lovely weekend.what a lovely place to walk. catch ya soon! x

lesley said...

Hello Diane,
I saw you on "small holders" & you wrote a lovely comment...so I decided to pop in & have a peep at your blog, hope you don't mind. I enjoyed reading! (Especially Mother's Day)

Pipany said...

Hello Diane. thank you for de-urking and commenting n my blog. Always nice to know who is there!. off for a read of yours now x

Summer by the sea said...

Hi Diane - thank you for visiting my blog - and yes, you're right, we moved to Filey from Sheffield, seeing the lovely pictures on your last post has made me homesick! - Love the quilt you made too - thank you for introducing yourself, I will be a regular visitor now! - Natalie x

Rowan said...

Years ago when my boys were in Cubs we used to do the Hucklow Walk each year starting in Endcliffe Park. I keep meaning to take my grandadughter to visit the alpaca farm, one day we'll get there.