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Sheffield area 'offers outstanding walking'

Posted 8 June 2012
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Sheffield area 'offers outstanding walking'
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Sheffield does not just have a Go Outdoors store, but also a wealth of fine places to walk.

The Steel City may be well known to some through its reputation as a post-industrial city, as represented in films such as the Full Monty, but visitors might not be aware of the ease with which people can leave the urban sprawl behind and get into the hills.

Since the 1974 reorganisation of local government saw its boundaries extend, a large area of the city's territory is in fact moorland inside the Peak District National Park. And not far beyond this lie some of the most popular places in the area to put on walking boots and hit the hills.

All this was noted by Paul Brant of the Sheffield Shamblers, a walking group based in the city.

He remarked: "Sheffield has so much to offer, but Burbage and Stanage Edge offer spectacular views even though you are on the very edge of the city.

"Hope, Castleton and Edale offer stunning surroundings, [while] a walk to the top of Win Hill is a must."

The high edges of the national park are one of the features first-time visitors may have the greatest fun discovering. Large plateaux can come to abrupt halts at steep slopes or rocky cliffs, with outstanding views. This includes some particularly lofty vistas from Kinder Scout.

Those walking on the ridge between Castleton and Edale - which includes Mam Tor and Rushup Edge - can enjoy the only two-sided ridge walk in the national park and this area is easily reached by road or rail from Sheffield. 

Ramblers from Sheffield played a less-heralded part in the Great Kinder Trespass of 1932.

Taking the train to Edale, the group from the city was able to cross the plateau unmolested by gamekeepers, who were involved in the clashes with trespassers on the other side of the mountain that led to several trespassers being jailed.

The two groups held a 'victory meeting' at Ashop Head, just north of the plateau, following the trespass.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801380316-ADNFCR