Here’s a little map showing some of the places I’ve been to in my first six weeks in Sheffield. Oooh, they’re nearly all closed pubs.
If Lockdown 3 continues into May, or July, or December, there’s still loads of suburbs to explore on foot; Stumperlowe sounds wonderful.
Yesterday, leaving Grimesthorpe on foot, I went to the Brightside of town.
The view from my drone reveals the heritage sights of Brightside; the Amazon warehouse, Covid-19 testing site and the edge of Meadowhall car park (Orange).
I’m looking for the ghosts of Brightside Railway Station.
Look ! A partially flooded tunnel ! I love a partially flooded tunnel.
“It’s notably grimpeur” reads the sign.
A “grimpeur” is a climber, possibly a social one.
What can it all mean ?
Notably, I pass a few other walkers. Where are they going ? More to the point, where is all the traffic going with Meadowhall closed.
It takes 2 minutes to cross the A6109 and investigate Rileys.
Then another 2 minutes to cross back to capture the external glories of The Crown. Later, I will guide you on an interior tour.
Exploring abandoned industrial heritage is a niche activity, but think how much fun children would have entering and leaving The Pink Door (not a Shakin’ Stevens B-side).
And do, up the steps to see the remains of Brightside Station.
And lo, another pub appears, under the rainbow. It’s a sign !
“Occasional real ale availability” says WhatPub, “on special occasions“. Surely a visit from myself or Sheffield Hatter would fit the bill. I will add it to the giant To Do list and hope it survives.