A very enjoyable, scenic and not too strenuous walk through several of SW Sheffield's woodlands and parks. There are some excellent views of the city, particularly on the final descent through Gleadless valley and Meersbrook Park, and some exceptionally pretty areas of woodland, particularly Porter Clough and the Limb Valley.
The recently restored Shepherd's Wheel in Whiteley Woods is well worth a short stop and we were given a very interesting talk on cutlery grinding that historically took place in this part of town, powered by water wheel, by a friends of the Porter Valley volunteer.
The current guide by SCC Parks and Countryside (4th edition) divides the walk into 4 sections and sets out the route very clearly with map diagrams and descriptions, and generally the route is well signposted along the way, so you would have to be trying very hard to get lost.
Our party finished off the walk with several well earned pints of ale in the Lescar, which went down a treat after 14 miles! The whole walk took about 7 hours allowing for several short rests / tea breaks. Any Sheffield resident with even the slightest interest in walking really should have a go at the walk at some point, there's some beautiful countryside to be enjoyed, right on our doorstep!
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