One of my favourite city walks is from Hunters Bar in Sheffield, through Endcliffe Park and beyond.
I have brought you here many times before, but with only a small window of opportunity for a walk today, it was an obvious choice. I love the combination of nature, industrial history and brilliant cafes!
The cutlery industry started off in the Porter Valley here at the Shepherds Wheel - one of Sheffield's Industrial museums, and a brilliant little place - FOC to enter too.
I think it is only open on weekends and bank holidays, but is well worth a visit - especially in winter when they always have the fire going!
They have some of the winding belts running. I would love to see these all being used. Can you see the "mule" where the grinder would sit to grind blades on the grindstones??
I loved reading about geological features of the area and features like this quarry that I have seen before but didn't know anything about.
The walk as far as Forge Dam is fairly flat, which was good news today!
Colour was added on this grey day by the mosses and lichens.
.... and the orange streams that join the Porter Brook - from old mine works around here.
Forge Dam Cafe is one of my favourite cafes in Sheffield - absolutely nothing fancy, just an old nissen hut with "proper snap"!
....and always open! I often think we should come here for Christmas lunch - perhaps if there is ever just the old man and me.
We cleaned our boots by the stepping stones,
.. and were entertained by the brilliant tight rope walker practising his skill.
It was great to be back to normal, and have time to get out walking. I love Christmas, but it can seem a lot of work - especially for 1 person (and I don't mean Santa!) and it does seem to be over in flash these days.