Story by Saleema Imam | Photo by Vicky Smith
The first of this year’s heritage walks, led by Graham Jones, took place on 2nd January. Starting at the transport interchange, 27 CHA walkers came via Victoria Quays to the old mortuary chapel in Burngreave cemetery to view the various displays.
Most of those taking part had never visited the area before and were agreeably surprised at its beauty. Some have since returned to spend a longer time in the cemetery chapel. The group then moved on to Abbeyfield House, Parkwood Springs and via Kelham Island back to the city centre.
On 6th February The Upper Chapel Striders were the next walking group to have the benefit of Graham’s knowledge, again highlighting the area for those who wouldn’t normally come to Pitsmoor. Their walk started at Upper Chapel on Norfolk Street via some forgotten historic parts of the city centre, along the River Don to Ball St Street bridge and up to Parkwood Springs before coming back down to Pitsmoor. They continued via Crabtree Pond, Devon Gardens and Osgathorpe Park, to Petre Street to view the new mosque, then through the woods and up Wincobank Hill to the site of the iron-age fort and Cartamandua’s monument.
Look out for other walks around the area. Sheffield lets change4life produces walking maps for Firvale, Brightside, Lower Don Valley and the Five Weirs walk.
Sheffield CHA and Sheffield Ramblers welcome new walkers.
The Friends of Burngreave Cemetery also welcome enquiries.