One of the few things we’ve been able, and even encouraged, to do over the last 18 months of Covid and lockdowns is to go out walking. Even when the pubs were shut. Now they are open again it’s 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. We shall be visiting many of them through the next few months and also going further afield to some of the many local villages in the easily reached surrounding countryside which have great pubs in them too – all worth visiting. Many of them within walking distance and with the backup of the city’s public transport system that will help get us there and back.
Sheffield CAMRA branch has organised mini-bus and other trips to many of these pubs – usually on our way to present one of them with a well-deserved award. And later this year we’ll be having a bus trip to Glossop on 14 August 14 and a tram trip on 25 September (see website for details).
Although we’re already halfway through the year, we’ve decided to re-start our popular RambAles again – 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.
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Sat 31 Jul
Bents Green to Totley via Ringinglow and Fox House
We shall be meeting in the Hammer & Pincers at Bents Green for a 12:30 start. Then up Ringinglow Road to the Norfolk Arms, before walking over the Houndkirk Road to Fox House. You can catch a bus back there (5.5mls) or walk another 3.5 miles over Totley Moor for another drink at either the Cricket Inn and/or the Crown.
An 83 or 88 bus will get you to Bents Green and the 97 or 218 buses will get you back from Totley, 272 or 65 buses will get you back from Fox House.
A CityBus day travel pass covers all buses in Sheffield (OL1 & OL 24 maps).
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Sat 28 Aug
A Hope Valley Meander
You’ll need to catch either the 11:20 272 bus or 11:14 Northern train to Bamford. The walk from either the station or nearby bus stop up the road to Bamford village itself where we’ll be meeting up in the community owned Anglers Rest. Around about 13:00 we’ll leave to start our walk to Thornhill and Ashton to the Cheshire Cheese in Hope before walking down to the Old Hall Inn to sample more beers at their bank holiday beer festival.
Return in your own time by either 272 bus or train from Hope Station.
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Sat 18 Sep
Totley, Holmesfield and Millthorpe Circular
We’re meeting up at 12:00 in the Shepley Spitfire on Mickley Lane in Totley, before walking through Gillfield Woods and along field paths to Holmesfield then onto the Royal Oak at Millthorpe. Returning via Cartledge, Holmesfield and Gillfield Woods to Totley.
Catch 97 or 218 buses to Mickley Lane (CoOp) stop on Baslow Road or alternatively bus M17 will stop outside the pub on request. (use CityBus day travel pass)
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Sat 23 Oct
Woodseats to the Heeley Triangle via Graves Park & Meersbrook
Meet at around 12:00 in the Guzzle Micropub in Woodseats. We’ll then walk through Graves and Meersbrook Parks visiting the Mount Pleasant and Cross Scythes pubs on Derbyshire Lane on our way to the Heeley Triangle pubs of the White Lion, Sheaf View and Brothers Arms (catch any of 24, 25, 43, 44, 75 or X17 buses to Woodseats, using CityBus day travel pass).
We hope that people won’t find the walks either too long or too strenuous and most will feature a number of pubs and drop-out points where people can leave and make their own way back, by 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. Most timings and fares will be given in the walks listing. Any additions or amendments will also be published in new leaflets, future editions of Beer Matters or on the branch website (sheffield.camra.org.uk), or by contacting the RambAles Coordinator on 07842 530128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone is welcome to join us on any of these walks but they are advised to come suitably equipped for the day’s walking, which may be rough, wet & 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.
I’m afraid they’re all on our side of town, but we hope you’ll be able to join us on one or more of them. Cheers.
Malcolm and Jenny