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Low Bradfield, South Yorks. Sunday 5th, December, 2021

'A' Walk. Leader- Alan Taylor. Distance - 9.5miles. Asc -1300 feet. Grade - Strenuous in places.

 Summary: This walk is in a lovely walking area and is made up of elements new and old and from different walks that I have previously done…… combined, they make up a very nice and varied walk. My original idea for the walk has had to be shortened to enable us to complete the walk during the shortened daylight hours of December!

 This walk consists of a flat walk along the southern edge of Damflask Reservoir before turning to start our steady climbing through Rickett Bank, Royds Clough and over a little piece of moorland to Crawshaw Head. Great views over the Hallam Moors and down along the Rivelin Valley towards the vast area of Sheffield can be had from here (fingers crossed for fine weather).

A short walk along a very quiet little road leads us to our turning-point which takes us over Ughill Moor..... Wonderful open views abound from this high vantage point.  Once over the Moor we wend our way down to Bradfield Dale and then along, up and through the Wood but slightly above Dale Dike Reservoir. A steady walk ensues on another quiet road which will lead us to our path that follows Dale Dike back into Low Bradfield for the comforts, warmth and amenities that the village has to offer.

View of a broken Dry Stone wall and views from Ughill Moor

 

 

 

 'B' Walk. Leader - Tony Marsh. Dist - 8 miles. Asc - 1300 ft. Grade - Mod - with 2 short strenuous climbs.

 Today's walk around Bradfield is one of my all-time favorites. This area on the outskirts of Sheffield, has a bit of everything, with four reservoirs -(Dale Dike shown ), set in close proximity in a deep valley surrounded by  areas of 'mixed' woodland with numerous paths and tracks running through them. An absolute delight for walkers of all abilities.

 

The hilly nature of the terrain means that there are inevitably plenty of ascents and descents but the magnificent views will hopefully more than compensate for our efforts.

 

The weather can always make or break any walk and on the day of the recce we had perfect conditions - a quiet, still day, with plenty of Autumn sunshine highlighting the wonderful colours of the leaves on native deciduous trees. (See photo's below).       

A truly memorable walk, and one to savour.

 However, that was then, and on the day of our walk in early December, things could be very different. The majority of the paths we follow will cause few problems, but some sections need to be taken with care due to slippery tree roots and wet leaves. There are also two tall ladder stiles en - route, and a set of 'earth' steps to negotiate which descend quite steeply at the end of Dale Dike Reservoir. A walking pole is strongly advised.

 The total ascent of 1300 feet is slightly more than we normally have on the average 'B' walk, but the ascents are interspersed with frequent sections of descent and flat walking. The two main climbs will be taken slowly with frequent pauses to give everyone time to catch their breath and, importantly, to take- in the views!! The walk has been restricted to just under 8 miles to take account of the increased ascent. 

 

Hopefully, you will enjoy this walk as much as I do every time I walk it. Yes, it is hard work in parts, but when you have done it, I feel sure you will appreciate its merits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 'C' Walk - Leader - Sheila Francis. Distance - 5 miles. Ascent - 400 feet.  Grade - easy. 

 We will start with a visit to the Schoolroom Cafe very close to where the bus will park. From there, a few minute's walk will bring us to the perimeter path around Damflask Reservoir which is level and well maintained. It is beautiful in its full autumn glory some of which I hope will still be evident on the 5th December. There are likely to be ducks and swans on the reservoir and maybe a cormorant on one of the buoys. We will walk anticlockwise around the reservoir.

 

At the far end of the reservoir we will take the pavement along Loxley Road for about ten minutes which gives a pleasant view over fields and takes us to Langlands Garden Centre and café where we will stop for our only break which will be long enough for refreshments and browsing the garden centre. We return to Bradfield along the opposite bank of the reservoir passing the Sheffield Viking Sailing Club which is likely to be active on the water on a Sunday afternoon.

 

This is a short and easy walk - no stiles! - and, I hope the C group will agree, an appropriate walk for them in December.

The route -

                               

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