OCTOBER 2018 – WALK EVERY DAY FOR A WEEK CHALLENGE – DAY 7 – CHALLENGE COMPLETED
The last day of this months challenge and what an excellent walk to finish it with.
Blacka Moor Nature Reserve has been on my to-do list for a while. It is nearby the National Trust Longshaw and I drive past it very often. In summer I admire the array of rhododendrons poking up onto the road.
Blacka Moor was presented to the City of Sheffield in the 1930s by Alderman J G Graves for the use and benefit of the people of the city. It is still owned by the Council but is leased and managed by the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust.
Blacka Moor contains 181 hectares of breathtaking scenery and forms part of a much larger internationally important wild landscape – the Eastern Peak District Moors – which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Unique features on Blacka Moor include the varieties of heather, the gradual transition from woodland to open moor and its population of bilberry bumblebees. Its diverse migrant bird population includes willow warblers, black caps, cuckoos, wheatears, stonechats and whinchats. You might be in luck and see a red deer on site too!
I was joined by my two friends Kev and Lisa on this 4.5 miles walk. None of us has been to Blacka Moor before so we were keen to explore. And we were in for a treat!
As you can see from the photos we were rewarded by such beautiful trees which were showing off their spectacular autumn leaves just brilliantly. Apart from the gorgeous autumn colours, it was also a beautiful sunny morning.
We met up at the Longshaw car park and walked up to the Stony Ridge Entrance to start our walk. We soon went through the wooded area of Strawberry Lee Plantation towards the Devil’s Elbow. Furthermore, we then walked through the Blacka Plantation to Stepping Stones and then back via Blacka Plantation to the car park.
People of Sheffield are very lucky to have this beautiful countryside right on their doorstep. I mean, this is still Sheffield, where else in the city are greeted by cows, sheep and horses?! 🙂
We saw some fly agarics but apparently, the site is great for a range of fungi, including ugly milk-cap, the blusher, parrot waxcap and rose wax cap.
I have been pleasantly surprised. Sitting just on Sheffield’s south-west edge, Blacka Moor Nature Reserve is the perfect natural escape from the stress of city life. It offers such variety to the walk such as woodlands, open fields and views towards Sheffield and surrounding areas.
I am yet to visit the other part of the reserve and I will be back!