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July 18 - July 25 2013

OUTDOORS

Off the Beaten Track: meander upstream with local author Ron Clayton and discover where the River Loxley becomes the River Don., Friday, meet outside the Hillsborough Pub And Hotel, 6pm, finish at Morrison’s back entrance on Penistone Road. approx 8pm

Railway Walk: circular walk from Silkstone Common (10 miles) with the Penistone Line Partnership, Saturday, train departs Sheffield 8.36am, Meadowhall 8.42am to Silkstone Common (all welcome, text: 07908- 450444, www.penline.co.uk).

Reserve Advisory Group (RAG): the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham will be holding a series of RAG meeting, for members of the local community who visit the nature reserves or who wish to know more about them, Centenary Riverside nature park, Riverside Way, Rotherham, Thursday, July 18, 6pm-7.30pm, meet at the bollard in front of the entrance; Wyming Brook and Fox Hagg nature reserves, Lodge Lane, Lodge Moor, Thursday, July 25, 7pm-9pm, meet at the Fox Hagg car park. (further information from Sarah Sidgwick or or Hannah Wittram, 2634335, email nature.reserves@wildsheffield.com).

Halcyon Rambling Club: regular programme of weekly walks, Friday - Grade 2 five mile ramble in the Calver area, meet Derwent Water Arms, SK 240747, 6.30pm (250 9223); 0 Sunday: Grade 3+ eight miles from Upper Booth to Crowden Clough, Crowden Tower, Kinder Gates, Kinder Downfall, Edale Rocks, Jacob’s Ladder, Upper Booth, meet lay-by SK 105848, 9.45am (266 2348/ 07518 029776, www.halcyonramblingclub.co.uk).

Friends of the Botanical Gardens: volunteer working days, beginners and experienced gardeners welcome to join Sheffield Botanical Gardens,, Wednesdays, 10am to noon approach from the Thompson Road entrance and walk up the drive past the South Lodge, through the “behind the scenes” gate by the toilet block and go to the large greenhouse. Tools are provided but wear appropriate clothing including sturdy footwear and bring gardening gloves (www.fobssheffield.co.uk).

Sheffield Ramblers Walking Out: Thursday, July :18 - Striders walk, Carr House Meadows, four miles, three hours from Wharncliffe Side, through Glen Howe Park and Carr House Meadows in the company of a Sheffield Wildlife Trust ecologist, meet at 10am at Sheffield Interchange, all welcome (inquiries: walkingoutsheffield@hotmail.com. Tweet: @WalkOutSheff).

Cookery: join expert food forager Chris Bax to learn how to find and identify edible plants, seeds, nuts, flowers and fungi that grow wild in the Peak District and then return to Hartingtons School of Food to learn how to create exciting dishes from the foraged food, Hartingtons School of Food, Bakewell (www.hartingtons.com, 01629 888586).

Task Group of Rivelin Valley Conservation Group: monthly practical conservation in the Valley, last Sunday in each month (Keith Kendall, 2307144, email rvcg@supanet.com, www.rivelinvalley.org.uk).

Sheffield General Cemetery Gardening Group: light gardening in friendly company withe the Friends of the General Cemetery to keep the Memorial Garden in trim, beginners welcome,

Fridays, 2pm-4pm, meet at the Gatehouse, top of Cemetery Avenue (2683486/3351853).

Friends of Parkwood Springs, aim to protect and improve the amazing green space. Regular meetings, plus outdoor events for all. New members always welcome (www.parkwood-springs.org.uk, 07817 938328).

Woodland Workout: pilot project by the Forestry Commission to help folk stay in trim and improve wildlife habitats at which volunteers will be taught how to use a range of tools safely to undertake environmental improvement tasks after warming up with a 15 minute walk through the wood and each session ending with a few stretches to prevent muscles aching the next day, Wharncliffe Wood: second Wednesday of each month from 10am to 3pm (for more information and a registration pack contact Hannah Darcel on 01623 821452 or 07789942599 or email hannah.darcel@forestry.gsi.gov.uk).

Peak Walking Group, regular Sunday walks in the White/Dark Peak areas, varying mileage of between 7-10 miles, including weekends away. Circular walks starting at 10am (www.freewebs.com/peakwalkinggroup , 01246 853155).

Sheffield YHA, arranges regular Sunday walks and weekends and trips away staying at youth hostels, cottages, camping barns and campsites, plus social events, meets Red Lion, Charles Street, Mondays, from 8.30pm (2962773, 07867 977569, www.ozark.force9.co.uk/sheffyha).

Red Rope: socialist walking/climbing club which strives to be non-sexist, non-racist, non-elitist. Sheffield group walk fortnightly, on Sundays (2686409, www.redrope.org.uk).

Sheffield FridayNightRide, monthly cycle ride around Sheffield for those who enjoy cycling and Sheffield. Everyone welcome regardless of ability or bike, no-one gets left behind, and no-one gets too far ahead (www.sheffieldfridaynightride.org.uk for ride dates and themes, email sheffieldfridaynightride@googlemail.com).

Fab, Fitafter50 and Single in Sheffield?, Matchventure organise monthly weekend walks (phone Kate or Moya 07963232803/ 07999845638 for more details or visit www.matchventure.co.uk).

Sheffield Dog Walking Group, fun social group run by professional dog trainer and behaviourist Victoria Cooper of People & Dogs for dog owners and fellow dog enthusiasts, aiming to provide a friendly social atmosphere for owners and their four-legged friends of all ages, on guided walks in locations of varying distance, difficulty, and duration (2747665, www.lancastermedia.co.uk/sdwg, email sheffielddogwalkinggroup@hotmail.com).

Pushchair Walk, starting from the Killamarsh sports centre, tea and coffee available afterwards, Wednesdays, 9.15am-10.15am (Rita Tollerfield, 07910 770546).

Community Allotment, at Meersbrook Road, Friday mornings, to enjoy working together, learning about organic growing, and taking home produce (to arrange to come along, call Alison 2580599, Heather 2217284).

Friends of the Porter Valley Conservation, volunteer conservation work in the woodlands and park, new participants welcome, refreshments afterwards at the cafe, meet at Forge Dam cafe, Fulwood, Tuesday, 10am.

Health Walks, MONDAYS: Graves Park, meet at the Rare Breeds car park, off Hemsworth Road, 10am; Crystal Peaks, 10am, meet on the benches outside coffee shop on lower level; Southey, 10am, limited places, check for availability; Darnall, meet at the Ranger base cabin in High Hazels Park, off Greenland Road, 11am; Firth Park, meet at the First Start Building, Firth Park Road, 11.30am; Parson Cross, meet at the pavilion in Parson Cross Park, off Buchanan Road, 1pm; Manor, meet at gates to Norfolk Park on Granville Road, 6pm; TUESDAYS: Stannington, meet at the TARA office, Fairbarn Drive, 10.15am; Ecclesall Woods, meet at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet car park, 10.30am; High Green, meet at Ecclefield Parish Council offices on Pack Horse Lane, 10.30am; Handsworth, meet at the Scout Hut, back of Church on Handsworth Road, 1.30pm; Pitsmoor, meet at Pitsmoor Surgery on Burngreave Road, 1.30pm; Porter Valley, meet outside Endcliffe Park café on Rustlings Road, 1.30pm. WEDNESDAYS: Stocksbridge, meet at various venues, 10.30am (2830572 for details); Totley, meet at Totley Library on Baslow Road, 10.30am; Gleadless, meet at Gleadless Medical Centre on Gleadless Road, 12.30pm; Ecclesfield, meet at Mill Road Surgery, 2pm; Richmond, meet in the lobby at St Catherine’s Church on Richmond Road 2pm. THURSDAYS: Firshill, meet outside Firshill School on Orphanage Road, 10am; Frecheville, meet at the Library on Smalldale Road, 10am; Grenoside, meet in the community centre car park on Main Street, 10am; Lowedges, meet at Gresley Road meeting rooms, 10.30am; Wisewood/Wadsley, meet at Wisewood School in the Community Sports College, off Laird Road, 10.30am; Hillsborough, meet at Hillsborough Arena, formally known as the ‘Old Running Track’ off Middlewood Road, 10.30am; Killamarsh, meet Killamarsh Methodist Church, 11.30am (2473183/ 07910770546); Manor Fields Park, meet at York House, City Road, 12.30pm; Shiregreen, meet at the F.E.F.A Resource House, Foxglove Road, 1pm; Parson Cross, meet at the pavilion in Parson Cross Park, off Buchanan Road, 1pm; Whiteley Woods, meet outside Forge Dam café, Whiteley Lane/Brookhouse Hill, 2pm; Hackenthorpe, meet at the Christ Church junction, Donetsk Way/Sheffield Road, 2pm. FRIDAYS: Norfolk Park, meet at the Centre in the Park, Norfolk Heritage Park, off Guilford Avenue, 10am; Woodhouse, meet at Woodhouse Library on Skelton Lane, 1.30pm (walks open to all, 2039335/7 for details).

Activity Sheffield, programme of activity sessions for older adults, Multi Sports, Back 2 Sport session for beginners and those wanting to improve their fitness in a fun and friendly environment, Ecclesfield School Sports Centre, Thursdays, 7pm-7.45pm starting June 10 (£1), King Ecgberts School, Furniss Ave, Dore, Fridays, 6pm-7pm (£2); Jogging for Beginners, Hillsborough Park, Mondays, 6pm-7pm, meet in reception at Hillsborough Sports Arena, Tuesdays, 6pm-7pm, (£1); Graves Park, meet in reception at Graves Tennis Centre (£1); Salsa for Beginners, Davy’s Sporting Club, Prince of Wales Road, Mondays, 5.30-6.30pm, (£2); Boxercise and Fitness, for beginner adults, Derek Dooley Community Centre, Weston View, Crookes, Thursdays, 6pm-7pm (£2); Badminton, great session for beginners, English Institute of Sport, Coleridge Road, Mondays, 11am-12 (£2.50); 50+ Chairobics and Games, St Catherine’s Church, Richmond Road., Thursdays, 12.30-2pm (£1); 50+ Multi Activities, including skittles, indoor bowls games and curling, Hallam Community Hall, Hallam Grange Crescent, Fulwood, Fridays, 2pm-3pm (£2), Ecclesall Church Parish Halls, Ecclesall,, Tuesdays, 1pm-2pm (£2), St Timothy’s Church, Crookes, Mondays, 1.30-3pm (£1.50); St Aidan’s Church, City Road/Manor Lane, Wednesdays, 1pm-2.30pm (£1), Concord Sports Centre, Wednesdays, 1pm-2pm, (£2.50). Details: 2734266 or www.sheffield.gov.uk/activitiesforadults).

HF Sheffield Walking Group, all welcome on countryside walks of approximately eight miles, meet Dore and Totley station, Saturdays, 9.30am, shorter walks available and also Wednesdays from Sheffield Interchange (call 2586789 for programme).

Sheffield Clarion Ramblers, regular programme of Sunday walks, using public transport. Occasional car/coach rambles. Bus No. 61, 9.30 a.m (Hillsborough Interchange) to Low Bradfield, return Low Bradfield, Route: Dale Dyke, Foulstone Road, Derwent Edge, New Cross, Emlyn, Low Bradfield (rough moorland), 12 miles, Sunday, phone 0114 2500956 or 0114 2306097.

Sheffield 20’s and 30’s Walking Group, walks every weekend, including trips away and weekly socials, for anyone aged 20-40 (www.sheffieldwalkinggroup.org.uk for details).

Grow Your Own Chips!, for those new to growing fruit and veg the chance to learn how informally with help and support from LEAF Community Allotments, where knowledge, work and produce is shared, Norwood Allotments, Herries Road, Wednesdays, 11am-3.30pm, Thursdays, 10am to noon (2854479).

Green Gym 2002, organic gardening for health, join friendly group, Women’s Community Organic Allotment, meet Walkley Library, Thursdays, 1pm (2853364); Sheffield Organic Food Initiative Allotments, Crookes, meet Healthy Living Centre, Upperthorpe Library, Fridays, 10am (2686727).

Spice, adventure sports and social group for adults with over 1,700 members around Yorkshire. We offer a wide range of outdoor events including weekly rambles, abseiling, caving, water sports and as well as some more unusual activities (2889997 or email listings@spiceyorks.com. www.spiceyorks.com).