In complete contrast to my previous post, the other end of the city is also the other end of the social and environmental scale. Join me for one of my favourite walks.
Well the weatherman got it completely wrong today, and instead of the torrential rain he forecast, we had a really sunny, hot and humid day. Ive had a very stressful and busy week at work - working longer hours to cover a colleagues holiday, so lungs filled with fresh air were called for.
The walk from the edge of the city at Hunters Bar (after lunch at the Greek Deli - Halloumi wrap was a taste sensation!), takes you through Sheffield's early industrial heritage - the birthplace of forging and cutlery making. The area has now been reclaimed by Mother Nature and is a truly gorgeous walk.
We start at Endcliffe Park - a park really well used by the locals - young and old alike, and wander through Whiteley Woods until you eventually end up in the Peak District.
This is the old Shepherds Wheel - a former water powered grinding workshop which has miraculously been left almost intact and is about to be restored. It is one of Sheffield's Industrial museums (which I find really fascinating). Its amazing to look around here to see where Industry started in the city.
The woods are quite magical. One of Sheffield's rivers - The Porter Brook runs through it.
I loved the patterns that the sun made using the leaves.
Hubby thought that this tree looked slightly like an elephant.
The scenery gets more and more beautiful as you get nearer to the Peak District.
The wild flowers got more prolific too.
And finally at the top of the hill, you can look back down towards the city centre. A great view.
Its a great walk. You get city, countryside, cafes(one in each park you walk through - all serving great food, coffee and cakes) industrial history and a pub at the end for a sit down and a swift half before walking back - all down hill!!!!