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Wednesday Walks

The seven health walks on Wednesday include one walk around the wider Stocksbridge Area, a walk around the leafy suburbs of Totley, a walk in the picturesque award-winning Gleadless valley, a walk around the leafy suburbs of Ecclesfield, one across the green spaces around Richmond, one that starts from Bramall Lane Football Ground and a new one in the City Centre .

The Bramall Lane walk is kindly hosted by Sheffield United Community Foundation and, in addition to the obvious links with football, provides the opportunity to walk close to the city centre.

Stocksbridge have a clever way to get around the fact that they have no community meeting point. They meet at a different location each week and circulate a programme of walks each month so their walkers know where to meet on any given day.

Totley is poised on the South West boundary of the city. It boasts a small park (Greenoak) close to the meeting point for the walk and has easy access to a number of very attractive walks. For example, in May, when bluebells and wood anemones are flowering, Gillefield woods are enchanting. A mixed programme of walks is offered, varying from week to week depending upon the ground and weather conditions. Totley is a hilly area and most walks include at least one climb. A shorter, flatter, walk is also available each week.

The City Centre health walk is a 45 minute opportunity to blow away the cobwebs at lunchtime. Starting from the SYPTE offices on Park Square roundabout this walk has a varied programme of walks that will surprise and delight you.

The Gleadless valley won international prizes for urban planning, landscape and design when the estate was first built. It incorporates lots of green spaces and leafy walkways and therefore a good choice of walks. The Gleadless Health Walk meets at Newfield Green (outside Gleadless Medical Centre) and not at Gleadless town end.

Ecclesfield benefits from having a large, flat, park which is ideal for people with mobility problems and wheel chairs. The near-by Trans Pennine Trail provides a number of longer, more challenging options.

Richmond park is very close to the meeting point of this health walk. In dry conditions the park provides a big area for walking but there are not many surfaced paths and the grass does tend to get boggy in damp weather. The nearby Trans Pennine Trail provides a number of alternative walking routes. Woodthorpe recreation ground and the Wickfield Plantation are other routes that are sometimes explored by this group.


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