We’d been talking about walking from home to IKEA since we “landed” in Sheffield a year ago.
Mrs RM and I took the more challenging uphill Tinsley Canal route.
We’d already walked 2 miles before starting at Victoria Junction @ the Quays with a flat white and sausage roll, and wondering whether to just wait for the Dorothy Pax to open.
The Dorothy, which I’ve still yet to visit, is the only pub on this route till you get to Meadowhall.
Which also means it’s the only toilet on the route, so make sure you take people with you to provide a lookout if you need a “comfort break” as bushes are limited.
We walked for 90 minutes, Mrs RM taking the lead as I kept hanging back to take photos of the art, graffiti and industrial heritage and try to identify the ’80s pop being played on tinny radios in panel beating workshops (Spoiler : It’s almost certainly Red Light Spells Danger).
Hallam FC play on the west of Sheffield and think themselves superior to their League neighbours as their supporters are all 161 years old or talk like it, apparently.
The walk takes you between Attercliffe’s industry, the University playing grounds, and there’s a brush with Greenland (which still owes me a blog view on my world map of views).
It’s a very tranquil stroll, a bit muddy in places but there’s less rubbish than you’ll get in the canals north of Ancoats and it’s a great place to see the colours of Autumn.
At the half-way stage we entertained thoughts of branching off at Tinsley Marina towards Rotherham. There’s pubs there. But as you’ll have noticed, our enthusiasm was waning.
20 minutes after that last shot, I was back at Sheffield Station, heading somewhere really exciting.