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April 11 - April 18 2013


Friends of the Porter Valley Conservation Volunteers: continuing working on path repairs in Endcliffe Park, volunteers welcome, tools,gloves and supervision from the Rangers and hot drinks provided, Thursday, April 11, meet Endcliffe Park cafe, 10am.

Friends of Whinfell Quarry Garden: Spring Working Day, all welcome, SCC Ranger in attendance, tools and refreshments provided, wear old clothes and boots, and bring strong gloves if you have them, Saturday, meet the main gate to the Quarry, next to Whirlowbrook Park, Ecclesall Road, 9.30am.

Magnificent Peak District Walk: Friends of the Peak District’s annual fund-raising event with three walks to choose from, - the Marathon 25 miler, taking in Great Longstone, Foolow, Grindleford, Baslow and Bakewell. starting 8.30am (£13.50), a more leisurely eight mile Monsal Dale walk, 10.30am (£13.50) and for children and cake-lovers a treasure hunt the three mile Three Cakes Challenge and treasure hunt, 11.15am (£5), all starting at Thornbridge Hall, Ashford in the Water (book on or 2665822).

A Silent Dialogue With Trees: meditative walk through a landscape of uniquely shaped trees in the spirit of the Ancient Greek Hermes Trismegistus on day of loving observation and contemplation, facilitated by Ernst Klahre-Parker, a retired chemist, who has been drawn to Padley Gorge since 2002, Saturday, 10am to about 2pm, meet at the Padley Gorge bus stop, bus 65 (2682657 or email

Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome: Joint circular walk on Wharncliffe Chase with Bradfield WAW, Sunday, starting from Lowood Club, Station Road, Deepcar, 10.30am (back about 3pm).

Halcyon Rambling Club: regular programme of weekly walks, Sunday: 10 miles Grade 2+ from Fox House to Burbage Rocks, Cowper Stone, Higger Tor, Over Owler Bar, Millstone Edge, Lawrence Field, Longshaw Estate, Fox House, meet at bus stop SK 266802, 9.45am, some access, dogs on short fixed leads 2331861/ 07753 324485,

C.H.A. Rambling Club: Thursday, April 11 - Interchange 50A bus at 9.45am to Eckington bus station for a 10.15am start to nine-mile linear walk to Wales via Spinkhill and Harthil; Saturday - Interchange 218 bus to Bakewell for a 10.15am. start to nine-mile round walk via Over Haddon and Sheldon; also - Car Ramble, meet Wetton Car Park (SK109.552) for a 10am start to 10-mile round walk via Manifold Valley, Ilam, Dove Dale, Hopedale; Thursday, April 18 - Interchange 65 bus at 9.25am to Foolow for a 10.15am start to nine-mile round walk via Great Hucklow, Bretton, Abney .(, 2397629).

Sheffield Wanderers Walking Group: Sunday - Newmillerdam, mainly flat nine-mile walk which should be suitable for everyone, meet at the car park opposite The Fox and Hounds pub, Barnsley Road, Wakefield, 10am; Thursday, April 18 - Graves Park, five mile walk round Graves Park and Chancet Wood, taking in woodland, the rose gardens, animal farm, lakes and the long-gone open air theatre, meet in the car park at the Hemsworth Road entrance to Graves Park, 10am (booking essential, 2331174 or e-mail

Sheffield Ramblers Walking Out: Thursday, April 18 - Striders walk, five miles, three hours, Denby Dale to Penistone via Upper Denby and Ingbirchworth, meet Sheffield Interchange, 10am, all welcome ( Tweet: @WalkOutSheff).

Early Birds in Walkley Cemetery: morning walk round the cemetery led by John Robinson of the RSPB identifying birds from their songs and calls, as well as looking out for our woodpeckers, bullfinches, chiffchaffs, warblers, tree creepers and many more, Tuesday, 8am to about 10am, meet at the cemetery gates, Nichols Road, off Waller Road (contact Hugh 2339805 / mob 07743 394203).

Upland Chorus with Chris Watson: join the sound recordist on the heather moorlands above Sheffield during April listening to the songs, calls and displays of skylarks, curlew, redshank, lapwing and meadow pipit range wide and clear across the landscape, meeting place to be confirmed, Saturday, April 20, 3am (£20, book in advance on 2782655 or

Dawn Chorus with Chris Watson: join the sound recordist for a pre-dawn sonic experience in local woodland, meeting place to be confirmed, Sunday, April 21, 3am (£20, book in advance on 2782655 or

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 (, 01629 888586).

Task Group of Rivelin Valley Conservation Group: monthly practical conservation in the Valley, last Sunday in each month (Keith Kendall, 2307144, email,

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 (, 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

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 ( , 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,

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

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 ( for ride dates and themes, email

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

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,, email

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.

Friends of the Botanical Gardens, volunteer working days, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Clarkhouse Road, Wednesdays, 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

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 ( 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

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