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Changes to Stagecoach bus timings

Uncategorised Posted on 19 March 2020 21:28

All local Stagecoach bus & Supertram services and timetables are temporarily changing due to COVID-19

Following government advice to limit non-essential travel, Stagecoach are making changes to their services and timetables in Yorkshire from Monday 23 March 2020.

These changes ensure that essential routes are maintained. We’ll be running a Saturday service on weekdays from Monday 23 March. Sunday timetables are unchanged.

In addition from 20th March 2020 all Concessionary passes will be valid to use on their buses and Supertram before 9.30am in South Yorkshire, to allow concessionary pass users to access shops and services as they open early to accommodate them.

More information is available from their website at: “https://www.stagecoachbus.com/service-updates/serviceupdatesarticle?SituationId=ID-16/03/2020-11”



All Group Led Walks & Events Cancelled

Uncategorised Posted on 19 March 2020 21:18

Due to continuing onset of the Coronavirus Covid-19, the Ramblers has decided that all led walks & other activities at Group, Area or National level will be cancelled as of Wednesday March 18th until further notice.

We shall do what we can to re-arrange them as soon as it is considered safe to do so. However we do expect there to be further restrictions and some time before that is likely to happen.

We know that many of you see our walks are part of your social life as well as giving you regular and necessary exercise.

Please do keep in touch with each other wherever possible using other methods such as email, texting, using phones or Skype or WhatsApp.

Feel free to use this online Blog to keep in touch to tell people how you are and what you are doing in the interim. Are you still going out walking?

We realise this is a very serious step for all of us and it is not clear how things will pan out over the weeks to come.

We shall obviously keep this action under review and amend it according to any advice we receive either from the Ramblers Central Office, or directly from the Government or Public Health England.

Please get in touch if you require any further information.

Please keep well, keep safe and keep in touch.
Be optimistic – we will get through this.

Regards,
Malcolm Dixon
Sheffield Ramblers Secretary
secretary@sheffieldramblers.org or 0784-253-0128



Bradfield Ancient Ways Walks and Launch – Wednesday, 26th February, 2020

Uncategorised Posted on 6 February 2020 11:19

The Bradfield Ancient Ways Improvements project was designed to improve six popular ancient paths in the Parish of Bradfield to be easily accessible to the general public. Some of the paths have been used for hundreds of years and they are a part of our heritage.

Unfortunately over time the many stiles had fallen into disrepair, steps had become worn, and the paths had become more like obstacle courses than public footpaths.

With funding and help from Sheffield City Council Public Rights of Way, the Ramblers, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, the Sheffield Lakeland Countryside Partnership, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Bradfield Parish Council, Bradfield Walkers are Welcome and the Peak District National Park, the project repaired and replaced about 35 stiles, gates and sets of steps, to ensure these ancient routes can once again be easily enjoyed by the general public.

The paths are in the beautiful Loxley valley and run between High Bradfield, Low Bradfield and Worrall. With splendid views over Damflask Reservoir these ancient ways are ideally placed for South Yorkshire residents to enjoy.

As well as the views, traditional barns and farms and a fascinating variety of stone stiles, the paths include what was a buried section of a traditional stone walkway that is believed to be a paved “Church way”. This dates back to the 12th century, and the time of the Manor of Hallamshire, when Ecclesfield Priory provided the chaplains for the chapel of ease at Bradfield and the route was used by monks to travel between the priory and Bradfield.

The aim of the morning walks is to get back to Low Bradfield village hall for about 12:30, where there will be teas and coffees – bring your own lunch. At about 1pm there will be a short address by the Chair of Bradfield Parish Council. We are inviting the various organisations that have funded and supported the Bradfield Ancient Ways Improvements.

Walk A – Linear walk – 10:30am start – 4 miles

This easy walk starts from Kirk Edge Road, Worrall. The walk will reach the Low Bradfield village hall by 12.30.

Meet on Kirk Edge Road, Worrall – Grid ref: SK 308 920

10.02 bus no. 57 from Sheffield bus Interchange to KIrk Edge Road, Worrall. (Cars can be parked in Worrall but occupants would have to make own way back in the afternoon).

Walk B – Morning loop – 10:00am start – 4.5 miles

The route takes us up the fields to High Bradfield, east on the Sheffield Country Walk to Cliffe House farm, NE to Kirk Edge Road, east until turn south to Spitewinter Farm and Holdworth, west via Nether House farm back to Low Bradfield.

Meet at Smithy Garage, Low Bradfield, S6 6LB (junction of Smithy Bridge Rd and Lamb Hill – SE corner of the village green).  Grid ref: SK 264 919

Catch the 08:42 Malin Bridge Tram from Sheffield to the Hillsbrough Interchange for the 09:10 Powells bus to Low Bradfield

Walk C – Afternoon loop – 1:30pm – 1:45pm start – 6 miles

This is a moderate walk, with 1000 ft of ascent, starting from Low Bradfield at 13.30/13.45, after the launch, and will take about 2.5 – 3 hours.

The Dale Dike and Agden Loop goes south to The Plough, west to Dale Dike, south west along the south side of Dale Dike, north east along the north side of Dale Dike, up the hill to the concessionary path heading north east to Mortimer Road, down through the woods to Agden House, back along the south side of Agden reservoir to Low Bradfield Hall.

Meet at Low Bradfield Village Hall, S6 6LB.  Grid ref: SK 263 918



Edale Mountain Rescue Team Fund Raising Gig

Uncategorised Posted on 6 February 2020 11:03

There’s a fund raising gig for the Edale Mountain Rescue Team next Tuesday Feb 11th at the White Lion pub on London Road in Heeley starting at 8pm.

It will feature local muscians : Break A Leg, Cage of Crows and Kootch.

Admission is free but there will be plenty of opportunity to donate so please bring money and a generous heart.

Don’t forget: “Last year there were only four days when somebody in the UK did not call on a mountain rescue team for help when they are injured, sick or lost on the hills, so we want to help our local team be ready for the next time they are needed. “

Please support this worthy cause. (and have an enjoyable night out too.)

Malcolm Dixon, Sheffield Ramblers



Sheffield Heritage Fair January 18th & 19th

Uncategorised Posted on 6 January 2020 16:19

Can you spare an hour, or longer, on either of these days?
Sheffield Ramblers is having a stall at this year’s Sheffield Heritage Fair at the Millennium Galleries on Saturday Jan 18th 10-4 and Sunday Jan 19th 11-3.
Could you help us man the stall for an hour or so?
Entry to the Fair is free and you can wander around the many other stalls once you’ve done your bit.
Get in touch if you want any more information.
Thanks. Malcolm Dixon, Sheff Ramblers Sec, on 07842530128 or m.s.dixon@talktalk.net



Bradfield Paths Photo Op Cancelled

General Posted on 12 November 2019 09:13

Dear all,

As you maybe aware we had planned to have a Photo Op with our AGM Guest Speaker, Paco Gonzalez, from Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, nailing a RWH Plaque to one of the stiles that we had repaired as part of the Bradfield Paths Improvement Project today. The RWH had helped sponsor this project. This was to take place at 10:30am today.

In the light of the continuing rain today we have decided to CANCEL this photo op and will arrange to do it another day when it will be fine. Paco has been informed and is OK with that decision. Please inform anyone you know who might be thinking of attending.

Don’t forget that a big publicity Launch for the Bradfield Paths Renewal Project is being arranged to take place at 12 noon on Wednesday February 26th 2020 at the Bradfield Village Hall to which everyone is invited to come along and support. Ramblers Worldwide Holidays and the other sponsors to the project will also be invited to attend.

A number of walks are being arranged to join up with it.
Please put the date in your diaries

Regards,

Malcolm Dixon

Sheffield Ramblers Secretary

secretary@sheffieldramblers.org or 0784-253-0128

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Clarion Call Gig Oct 25th

General Posted on 2 September 2019 12:41

Date for your Diary


Clarion Call Gig

We are using Eventbrite for booking tickets to the Clarion Call Gig Sheffield Ramblers are organising at the Shakespeares Ale and Cider House on Gibraltar Street.

The gig is on Friday October 25th from 19:30 and booking is now LIVE.
You can use the link below to get to it. Tickets are £5 each.

Please publicise the event and do invite friends and fellow ramblers.
It should be a great night out with songs inspired by GHB Ward and Alfred Wainwright, written & sung by local singers & musicians, which proved a great hit at last year’s AGM. The Shakespeares pub has a great reputation for real ales & cider.

You’ll need to copy & paste the following link into your web browser to get tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clarion-call-singers-gig-tickets-61378559925

Please ask anyone who doesn’t want to make an online booking to get in touch with me at either “secretary@sheffieldramblers.org” or tel: 0784-253-0128.
I will make the booking for them.

Malcolm Dixon, Secretary



Extra Fixit Tomorrow

Fixit Posted on 18 August 2019 12:24

On Fri, 16 Aug 2019 at 17:05, Sheffield Ramblers Secretary <secretary@sheffieldramblers.org> wrote:

Hi there,

With regard to emails below from Christine Whitaker. I would be willing to go there this coming Monday with some secateurs and loppers – say from 11:00 onwards. Would anyone else be interested?
Call/text me on 0784-253-0128

Possibility of lifts/shared cars. Apologies for very late notice

Many thanks.

Regards,

Malcolm Dixon

Sheffield Ramblers Secretary

secretary@sheffieldramblers.org or 0784-253-0128

Christine – can you give us a grid reference for where this Park Lane, Hunshelf Bank in Deepcar is, please? see attached map, Malcolm – SK274990

You may want to change your mind when you know where the problem is. The section in question goes across the hillside from just after Wellhouse Farm on Park Lane to Old Park House. It’s very difficult to access as it’s half way up the hill. Tony Andrews may be able to get permission for parking at one of the farms, but the owners of Old Park House don’t seem very friendly. When we went to do some work a few days ago we parked on the road on the hillside (shown in yellow climbing up between Fox Valley Retail Park and what’s left of Samual Fox’s steel works. We walked from there passing Wellhouse Farm and started clearing just after there.

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From: South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Ramblers <syned.ramblers@gmail.com>

Date: 16 August 2019 at 13:25:38 +01:00

Subject: Fwd: Park Lane (Hunshelf Bank) Overgrown

To: ramblessecretary@sheffieldramblers.org, Sheffield Ramblers <secretary@sheffieldramblers.org>

Re Park Lane Hunshelf Bank

Dear Malcolm and Judy

Below is a conversation between myself and Tony Andrews regarding the condition of Park Lane, Hunshelf Bank, Deepcar. I wonder if any members of the Fix IT Team may be interested in helping clear the overgrown path mentioned below, before the 25th August. It seems as if Mr Andrews will help out if we can provide a some volunteers (I think he may provide the equipment needed). As Jan has now finished with Fix It, I’m sure who to approach. Could you please contact anyone that may be willing to help?

Christine

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From: Andrews Tony <Tony.Andrews@sheffield.gov.uk>

Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2019 at 08:44

Subject: Re: Park Lane (Hunshelf Bank) Overgrown

To: South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Ramblers <syned.ramblers@gmail.com>

Hi Christine,

Thanks for this. One of my rangers did a cut back on this path earlier in the year when we put in the new stiles at Old Park fm.

Unfortunately everything has grown madly this summer.

I have asked him to do another cutback along the route but it may be 3 weeks before it gets done as he has to take time off with kids school holidays.

My other 2 rangers already have a full workload.

If your RA fix it group want or can do this work please just let me know.

Regards Tony

——– Original Message ——–

From: South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Ramblers <syned.ramblers@gmail.com>

Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2019, 17:02

To: Andrews Tony <Tony.Andrews@sheffield.gov.uk>

Subject: Park Lane (Hunshelf Bank) Overgrown

Dear Mr Andrews

Terry Howard suggested that I contact you after I spoke to him about the condition of Park Lane at Stocksbridge. I have noticed that Sheffield ROW Department has installed a number of new stiles along the lane and wondered whether there were any plans to cut back some of the overgrown vegetation.

A few days ago I went along the lane while checking a route that was planned for Sheffield Visually Impaired Walking Group on 25 August, but the condition this year means the route is not suitable. Visually impaired walkers often need a guide by their side on our walks, and there isn’t enough room for 2 walkers side by side.

Two of us went up yesterday and spent a few hours cutting back the brambles that were growing across the the path, but we were only able to clear only about a third of the route (and that was only a rough clearance).

There will be no problems changing the route for the August walk, but if you do have plans to tackle the vegetation in the near future, would you want any volunteers from Sheffield Ramblers?

Regards

Christine Whittaker



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