On Sunday, we joined our walking group in Bradfield for a 5 mile family walk around Dale Dike Dam, One of 5 large dams built by the Victorians to supply water to the rapidly expanding population of Sheffield.
Dale Dike Dam was the Dam that breached and caused the devastating Sheffield flood that resulted in the loss of over 200 lives on the 11th March 1864. Having recently been to listen to a talk about the flood, I found it eerie and unnerving walking through the narrow steep valley where the huge wall of water would have come rushing through.
We had good weather for the start of our walk. I've mentioned that they are a lovely and diverse bunch of walkers and I loved the chit chat of catching up as we started along the valley.
I forgot myself at one point though. I caught a couple of them giving each other a puzzled look as I photographed moss! I then had to launch into the "blogging" explanation, but I could tell that they still thought that there was something very strange about me! (Yes I know! they are not wrong!!)
We had a baby in a back pack, a 3 year old who walked all the way around, a 6 month pregnant lady, an almost pensioner and lots in between on our walk, and we all had lots to talk about. A common love of the great outdoors and stunning views helps the conversation along.
This area of Sheffield is very popular as it is only 5 miles from the centre of the city and has a frequent bus service. The village of Bradfield can get very crowded on a sunny summers day. We had never done this particular walk before, so will know how to escape the crowds next time.
There are some absolutely stunning houses out here too - we passed a fair few along the way. Whilst we gasp at the prices of these, I commented that in London you would be lucky to get a one bedroom apartment for the same price! I know where I would rather live!
Well perhaps the 3 year old didn't walk all way round - I hadn't noticed this!
Hubby had been on a late night shift the night before, and I had intended to go on my own, but he didn't want to miss out and was pleased he hadn't. Being in the group makes us make an effort to get up and out when we might other wise not bother.
And I love the way that someone else is in charge for a change - map reading and pathfinding.
It's wonderful to walk paths that we don't know, but still in our local area. The walking group has given us a new walking lease of life!
The area of the Strines Valley here in Sheffield is stunning.
It is a walk that we will do again, I'm sure.
The group have a walking festival in a few weeks and are walking every day. I am going to go on as many as I can as some will be after work. I am so looking forward to it.