RambAles return!

It’s spring time again. Time for us to get our boots on and go for our drinks further afield. Sheffield has many great pubs and green spaces within its boundaries. But looking further afield there are many villages in the easily reached surrounding countryside which have great pubs in them too – all worth visiting. We are also lucky to still have within the city a public transport system that will get you there and back.

Although we as a Branch have organised mini-bus trips to many of these pubs (usually on our way to present one of them with a well deserved award) these are limited.

To supplement them we are continuing our RambAles – a series of roughly monthly led walks in the countryside surrounding Sheffield visiting a number of pubs for a drink whilst enjoying a not too strenuous walk.

We hope that people won’t find the walks either too long or too strenuous and most will feature a number of drop-out points, as well as pubs, where people can leave the walk and make their own way back, by either bus or train, to Sheffield if they don’t fancy doing the whole walk or want to stay for another drink in a particular pub. These will also provide joining points for any latecomers. Some timings and fares will be given in the walks listing (but it pays to check these yourself).

Dates haven’t been given for our later walks as we have to fit them round other events such as beer festivals and football matches. But all such changes will be published in leaflets, future editions of Beer Matters or on the Branch website (sheffieldcamra.org.uk), or by contacting the walk leader on 0784 253 0128.

Everyone is welcome to join us on one of these walks but they are advised to come suitably equipped for the day’s walking, which may be rough, wet and muddy in places. You should also come prepared for the possibility of changeable and inclement weather. In most cases you will also need to bring (or be able to buy) sufficient food and drink for yourself for the day.

2020 RambAle 01:- Saturday March 21st
A chance to Walk to the Dams via the 51 bus route again. We tried to do this walk last year but got rained off. Hopefully the weather will be better this year (OL1 OS map)

  • catch the 51 bus from Sheffield City Centre (Arundel Gate, by the Lyceum theatre) at 11:28 to the Shiny Sheff pub by Crimicar Lane, getting there for midday.
  • After a drink, we’ll walk along the conduit path to Redmires Dams then back to Lodge Moor for the Three Merry Lads and Sportsman pubs
  • 51 bus back from Lodge Moor terminus into Sheffield Centre.
  • The cheapest bus ticket is a Sheffield day ticket for First bus – £4.40 from the driver or £4 from their app.

2020 RambAle 02:-  Saturday April 25th                  
A walk from Denby Dale to Penistone led by Dave Pickersgill (who will join the train en-route from Sheffield)

  • catch the Northern train from Sheffield at 10:35 to Denby Dale
  • Pubs for potential refreshment stops along the walk to Penistone include the George (Upper Denby), Crystal Palace, Huntsman (Thurlstone) and various in Penistone.
  • Trains set off back from Penistone to Sheffield on a roughly hourly frequency.
  • A return train ticket costs £6.80, buy from the ticket machines or ticket windows at the station. Alternatively a Connect+ pass is available for all public transport in South Yorkshire priced at £8.80.

2020 RambAle 03:-  Saturday May 2nd      
A meander around the parish of Holmesfield combining the Sheffield suburb of Totley, Gillifield Woods and Derbyshire countryside.

  • Meet at the Cross Scythes on Baslow Road, Totley, at 12:15. There are a choice of buses to get there, route 218 from Sheffield Interchange at 11:40 or route 97 from Sheffield High Street at 11:43
  • We’ll walk to the small village of Millthorpe, home of the Royal Oak pub, then up to Holmesfield where there are a choice of 3 pubs.
  • We then head down to Totley Rise (Wave at cider maker Dick Shepley as we walk past Woodthorpe Hall!) and the Shepley Spitfire pub, before continuing up onto the main road for a bus back into Sheffield Centre.
  • Best bus ticket is a Citybus all day pass at £4.70, valid on all buses in Sheffield. Buy from the bus driver or on the First bus app.

2020 RambAle 05:-  Saturday July 18th    
A walk from Deepcar to Wortley, to visit the the beer festival at Wortley Club.

  • Meet at the King & Miller, a Bradfield Brewery pub in Deepcar, at 12:15. Get there using the Yellow route tram from Sheffield Castle Square at 11:35 and connecting Stagecoach link bus at Middlewood
  • We take a pleasant 3.5 mile walk to the village of Wortley and visit the beer festival there
  • TM Travel bus 29 returns direct from Wortley to Sheffield at 16:38 or 18:44
  • A South Yorkshire connect day pass includes all buses and trams in South Yorkshire for £7. Buy from the tram conductor or on the Stagecoach bus app.

2020 RambAle 06:-  Saturday August TBC
A walk from Bents Green to Totley via Ringinglow (OL1 & OL 24 maps)

  • We meet at the Hammer & Pincers pub at 12:15. Get there on bus 83 or 88.
  • Walk up Ringinglow Road to Norfolk Arms, Houndkirk Road to Fox House and over Totley Moss to Totley for a choice of the Cricket Inn, Crown and Cross Scythes.
  • Buses 97 or 218 from Totley back into Sheffield Centre
  • Best bus ticket is a Citybus all day pass at £4.70, valid on all buses in Sheffield. Buy from the bus driver or on the First bus app.

2020 RambAle 07:-  Saturday September  TBC
Great Hucklow to Bradwell

  • Catch the 65 bus from Sheffield Interchange out to Queen Anne pub in Great Hucklow, we’ll then walk down to Little Hucklow to visit newly reopened & refurbished 12th Century Old Bulls Head pub.
  • We’ll then walk back over the Dales to Bradwell, a village boasting a choice of pubs.
  • The 272 bus will take us directly back to Sheffield
  • A Derbyshire Wayfarer pass covers both buses, however single tickets are likely to be cheaper.
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Andy Cullen

About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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