MARCH 2018 WALK EVERY DAY CHALLENGE FOR A WEEK – DAY 5
The weather didn’t look that great today. I didn’t fancy going to the Peaks so I did the Endcliffe Park to Forge Dam walk. This is also a part of Sheffield Round Walk which I am hoping to do one day.
I parked on Rustling Road and went to the Endcliffe Park across the road.
It is a 15 hectare city park built to commemorate the Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It has a river, stepping stones, 2 ponds full of ducks and waterfowl, statues and sculptures. It consists of parkland and woodland. There is a cafe and also a nice playground. The park is listed on English Heritage’s National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, and has a number of Grade II listed features such as the Jubilee Monument, Pavilion and Lodge, Toll Gates and a statue of Queen Victoria.
I was also testing my new walking boots which I bought yesterday. My old boots got broken in a seam and were leaking. I’ve had them for more then 10 years. :-(. It looks like I made a good decision about my boots. I’ve spent about an hour in the shop yesterday trying nearly every single pair they had. They are very comfortable and so far didn’t rub anywhere. Bye bye my oldies.
At the end of Endcliffe Park cross the road next to the little roundabout over to Whiteley Woods. Soon you will approach Shepherd Wheel.
It is a working museum in a former water-powered grinding workshop situated on the Porter Brook. One of the earliest wheels on the River Porter, it is one of the few remaining examples of this kind of enterprise, one that used to be commonplace in Sheffield area. The workshops, dam, goit and weir are Grade II listed and the site is a Schedules Ancient Monument.
It was closed today as it is open on weekends and bank holidays only.
Cross the Whiteley Wood Road and go straight on into the woods again. You will come to Forge Dam playground. There is a Forge Dam Cafe next to the playground where my route ends. I then turned around and went back to Endcliffe Park. On the way there you can use path on the left bank of Porter Brook and on the way back you can go on the right bank of the river if you wish.
Look who I saw today. Isn’t he gorgeous?
And I saw my heron friend again on the way back.
For some reason my app wasn’t recording on the way to Forge Dam. Unknowingly I probably switched it off in my pocket. However I recorded it on the way back. So this walk is about 3.6m | 5.8km and is very easy, suitable for push chairs.
I thought that this walk would be a rainy one again. But actually it stopped raining at the beginning. Glad I made it. I’ve done 5 days of the walking challenge. The weekend ahead will be a bit of a challenge due to our son’s numerous birthday parties to attend!