Favourite Things: Wyming Brook is a magical place and a bit of a secret
Dave Hembrough came to Sheffield to study sport science at Sheffield Hallam University in 1998 and like many other students, decided to stay in the city after graduating.He has now been in Sheffield for longer than he hasn’t which, in his eyes, makes him a Sheffielder and an adopted northerner as well.
He works at Sheffield Hallam University as the University’s ‘Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach’ coaching athletes, teaching students, and delivering research and consultancy through the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.
Dave is an award-winning coach as the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Associations coach of the year 2019 and British Weightlifting’s coach of the year 2020.
He is the founder and head coach of Hallam Barbell Weightlifting and Strength Training Club where they train competitors and champions but also deliver programmes with a social focus to build connection, confidence and character in participants and to lift communities up.
Dave was also the BBC Yorkshire Unsung hero 2020.Here he shares a few of his favourite things about Sheffield with the Telegraph.
The Wisewood Inn
This is a pub where you can relax, drink great beer and eat excellent food and is on my doorstep and regular dog walk loop ticks a lot of boxes.
By brewing their own beer on site, made with Loxley spring water, they are able to charge a little less than most places for a great pint.
We love it there as a family. Our two greyhounds settle down while Nina, our three year old daughter, plays in the large grassy garden and my wife and I enjoy a drink and some food - a great way to spend a Friday evening or a Sunday afternoon (with the best Yorkshire puddings).
The Loxley Valley
We feel really smug living on the S6 side of the city.While Fulwood, Ranmoor, Dore and Crosspool areas are all popular we think we have the best space in the city at half the price.
The views of the Loxley Valley from our house are just great; seeing the weather roll in or the sun rise over the city is beautiful.
The Loxley- Bradfield road is a regular run, walk or bike ride and a walk round Damn Flask, an ice cream from Our Cow Molly and a trip to feed the ducks at Bradfield is a great afternoon out that’s right on our doorstep.
Wyming Brook Nature Reserve
Wyming Brook is a magical place and a bit of a Sheffield secret.The tops have stunning views of Redmires and the Manchester Road or you can walk down through the valley and follow the brook to the Rivlin Reservoir.
There’s so much different landscape to explore and the quality of the nature along the stream is excellent.
A real haven that’s a beautiful green and blue space.
The Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park
There were a lot of angry people when Don Valley stadium was decommissioned.The truth was that it was losing money hand over fist, needed major investment and wasn’t sustainable.
What occurred to me was that no one focused on the future; what the plans were for the space rather than what we were losing.
What we now have in the old Don Valley space is incredible and growing.
The UTC and Academy are excellent education institutes, the outdoor space is great where there are signposted run / walk routes and a kids parkrun each Sunday.
I’m proud to be involved with the Sheffield Hallam Advance Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) which opened in January 2020.
It’s a world class facility with an ambition to transform lives through movement, physical activity and innovation.
With an outdoor gym, sponsored by Westfield Health, going in soon, the Sheffield Eagles stadium being built and the Sheffield Sharks stadium in planning stages The Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is going to be an excellent hub of sport and physical activity for our city and its people in the future.