GeneralPosted by Neill Fri, June 15, 2018 10:45:58
Hi. The Friends of Parkwood Springs are having a guided site visit of the closed Landfill site, next Wednesday (June 20th) at 2pm. It will be a good opportunity to find out how Viridor are restoring the site with new paths and planting, and to see the spectacular views from the top.
If you are interested, please let me know on 0777 156 4883. (We need to know in advance - bookings only.)
We meet in time to set off at 2pm from the Viridor offices on Parkwood Road, S3 8AG. You will need stout footwear, and there are some fairly steep gradients.
GeneralPosted by Neill Mon, September 25, 2017 14:21:26
Hi. I have just today heard about plans to demolish a historic cottage in the Mayfield Valley and replace it with an ultra-modern building complete with swimming pool. The proposal is going to the Council's Planning Committee on October 3rd.
Hallamshire Historic Buildings are organising objections to the proposal. You can read about the proposals here.
I think the Mayfield Valley is one of the delights of Sheffield, not least because of the patchwork of traditional farms and farm houses and buildings. I will be objecting as an individual, and I hope that as many other people as possible will.
I am also asking the Ramblers Committee to consider the application.
GeneralPosted by Neill Tue, February 23, 2016 20:09:33
Hi. I have been asked to tell any members who may be interested about the talk below. I don't myself know any more about it than what is set out.
Everest the Old Way is an illustrated talk given by John Driskell and David Peckett in Dronfield’s Civic Hall on Friday 8th April 2016 at 7.30 cost £5.
and David travelled overland in the 1960’s from Barnsley to Kathmandu
and then on foot to Everest Base Camp. They returned a few years ago –
not overland this time and were able to compare Nepal in the 1960s to
Nepal in the 2000s. It is a fascinating, amusing talk and of interest
to not only those who have an interest in the Himalyas but also anyone
who enjoys listening to people who have done something out of the
ordinary. Travelling through Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan is not really a
possibility in today’s political climate so come and see for yourself
what these countries were like.
proceeds from the talk will go to the Days for Girls project in Nepal.
This is a project whereby non-disposable, washable sanitary wear is
made in Nepal locally for poor girls and women.
Tickets available from Elaine Ward 01246 415455 or firstname.lastname@example.org
GeneralPosted by Neill Mon, January 18, 2016 19:39:03
I've now heard more about the invitation we have had to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of our sister organisation in Bochum, Sheffield's twin city in Germany. It looks like a very interesting weekend, and I think that we will be made very welcome.
The suggestion is that we travel out on Friday 3rd June, and come back on Monday 6th June.
The celebrations are as follows:Saturday
a programme of walks
5pm Gala, at which we would be guests of honour. I suspect this will include dinner.Sunday
morning a programme of walks
12 noon onwards Walking and Family Festival in the Town Park, where again we would be guests.
We may also be invited out to dinner on the Friday evening.
The City of Bochum will kindly meet the cost of our hotel accommodation from Friday until Monday morning, and the SGV (the Ramblers equivalent) will book it for us.Travel suggestions
If people wanted to make their own arrangements, including staying longer in Germany at their own expense that wouldn't be a problem. However my thoughts are as follows.
Fly Manchester-Düsseldorf Friday middle of the day, and back on Monday middle of the day. Two airlines fly the route, FlyBE and Eurowings (a Lufthansa subsidiary). The sooner we book the cheaper it will be. At present fares are £100-120 return, with an addition if you need checked-in luggage - about £21 each way. (I will go with just hand luggage.)
By train from Düsseldorf Airport to Bochum takes about 40 mins on a regional train. It won't cost much - we would probably be able to get a group ticket.Costs
As I have said, the City of Bochum will meet the cost of our hotel accommodation (though there could be incidental costs to pay ourselves - I don't know.) And we will be guests of the SGV at the main events. So the main expense will be travel from Sheffield to Bochum.
I speak German and am familiar with German rail, hotels etc, so will be able to look after things. I am happy for people to make their own flight bookings or for me to do it for other people.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested, or if you have questions. We need to reply soon after the committee meeting on Thursday January 28th. So please get in touch as soon as possible.
0777 156 4883
General 2015Posted by Neill Wed, December 16, 2015 16:31:52
The roughly-equivalent organisation to the Ramblers in the western part of Germany is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016. (Yes, 125 years!) They are having two days of celebrations in Bochum on the 3rd and 4th June, and have contacted us to ask if any of our members would be interested in taking part.
I am, and I think it would be good if Sheffield walkers could be represented, as Bochum's twin town. It could be an interesting visit.
We have asked for more details of what would be involved. They have suggested a 3-4 day visit, around the dates above, but at the moment we don't know more than that.
However, if you might be interested, or know anyone who might, please let me know.
General 2015Posted by Neill Tue, May 05, 2015 20:14:32
Yes, I did have a brainstorm on my earlier post, and yes, I did miss out the day and date of the Evening Walk!
It will in fact be on Tuesday 12th May, meeting at 6.30pm for bus travellers, and 6.40pm at the car park.
General 2015Posted by Neill Tue, May 05, 2015 15:55:27
Hi everybody. One of the hats that I wear is Chair of the Friends of Parkwood Springs, which, for people who don't know it, is a vast area of countryside on the hillside overlooking the River Don, going north from the city centre. A very small part of it is the old Ski Village site.
Our long-term objective is for it to become our 'country park in the city', but already there are amazing views over the city to the moors, and remarkable urban countryside. As part of Sheffield Environment Weeks we are having two walks, and everybody is welcome.
The first is a Dawn Chorus walk to hear the bird song as dawn breaks over the city. This is at 5am (yes, 5am!) on Sunday 10th May, meeting at the car park on Cooks Wood Road/Shirecliffe Road, S3 9AA. It will be led jointly by John and Anne Robinson from Sheffield RSPB providing the bird expertise, and me. There will be bacon butties and veggie sausage baps, and plenty of tea and coffee, at our house at the end of the walk (donations welcome to the RSPB and the Friends Group).
The second is an evening walk, exploring Parkwood Springs, Roe Woods and Crabtree Ponds (a Sheffield Wildlife Trust nature reserve) . This will cover the views, some of the surprising countryside close to the city centre, and a little bit of the history. It will be 3-4 miles, led by me.
There are two meeting places for this walk. For anyone coming by bus, we will meet at 6.30pm at Pitsmoor Post Office Pitsmoor Road, S3 9AU. This is served by loads of buses - 47, 48, 75, 76, 83, 83A, 87, 88, 97, 98, 265, 29.
For people coming by car, we will then meet at 6.40pm at the car park on Cooks Wood Road/Shirecliffe Road, S3 9AA.
We will return to the starting points no later than 9pm.
It would be useful if you could let me know if you are planning to come, particularly for the Dawn Chorus walk - email@example.com or 0777 156 4883. But if you decide to come at the last minute, just turn up - you'll be very welcome.
General 2015Posted by Neill Wed, April 08, 2015 18:14:29
Hi. Just to say that my email address in the April newsletter, for queries about the litterpick, isn't quite right. The correct version is
We'll make sure that when arrangements are finalised they are on the blog as well.