One of the things that Mr Heartshaped
loves about me, is the fact that I am a cheap date. He knew exactly where I would like to go for our Wedding Anniversary meal.
We had to get up early to take the Dancing Queen to work (her last day and the shops have been MENTAL and so she will be glad to finish, and hopefully her mood will sweeten too!), and so we thought we would take advantage of the early start.
One of my favourite walks (and I realise that I do say his a lot about many different walks) is the one from Sharrow
, just on the outskirts of Sheffield, through Endcliffe
Parks and out towards the Peak District. I love the way you move from City to Countryside, I love the way you walk through so much Industrial history, I love the beauty and tranquility of it, and I love the many cafes en route.
This building belongs to the company of Wilsons & Co snuff
makers of Sharrow
Mill. They have been here since 1737. I think it is the most fabulous building.
The walk takes you through the Porter Valley, where the Porter Brook, one of Sheffield's rivers runs. The Porter Brook
was one of the reasons that industry sprang up in Sheffield. The river has most of the dams and mill ponds remaining along the way, and several of the old mills and cottages remain.
Its hard to imagine how this area would have looked back in the early 1700's . I would love to step back in time to see it. Its also a brilliant example of how Mother Nature takes back what is hers when we have finished with it. Although the big thaw has begun, all is not what it seems. The ground is still very frozen, and a slight rain fall last night had turned the paths into an ice rink!
I love the way you happen upon a relic from the past.
This is one of the Industrial museums of Sheffield. The old Shepherd Wheel
is being restored. I shall be having a visit when it reopens. The paint on the shutters may look fairly bright, but it is the original "Ochre" that it would have been painted in.
As it was early, there was hardly anyone around. We were lucky to hear a Woodpecker (but we couldn't see it.)
And finally our destination - The fabulous 1950's Forge Dam Cafe
. It has been recently renovated
(basically to stop it falling down!) but it looks more or less as it always has done.
It really is just a wooden hut with a corrugated roof, but its wonderful. They were playing Dean Martin when we went in - lovely.
And our Anniversary meal - a great big breakfast. And I was ready for it I can tell you!