Five Weirs Walk
Deep in the heart of Sheffield's industrial back streets lives a natural haven. Between Meadowhall and Sheffield city centre is a secret path of history and wildlife...
This is the Five Weirs walk, a canal towpath that follows the River Don for eight kilometres and gives you an insight into Sheffield’s industrial past.
This walk makes the perfect urban alternative to the Peak District and the Round Walk. It takes you through the East End of Sheffield, past scenes of Sheffield’s history.
There are Victorian buildings and scenes of the city’s industrial heyday: old schools, mills, factories, some contemporary sculptures and of course five weirs.
You can't find two parts of Sheffield further from each other. From the wild natural habitat where animals live to an industrial landscape that has shaped Sheffield into the city it was and now is.
There is an abundance of wildlife here, keep your eyes open and you may see herons or maybe a flash of kingfisher.
Reflection on the Five Weirs Walk
Punctuating the walk are information boards telling you about the history of the buildings, and various wildlife that can be seen.
Starting at Warren Street, off Attercliffe Road, the walk weaves through the urban countryside to Meadowhall.
There is soon to be a bridge connecting the walk to Blonk Street and Lady’s Bridge.
Lady's Bridge has stood in Sheffield for hundreds of years, the original bridge was built in the mid-1100s. Work has taken place throughout the years - 1761, 1865, 1909 and more recently due to the Sheffield floods in 2007. The bridge which stands today is part of the Five Weirs Walk and even today still has elements of the original bridge. The recent repairs have helped strengthen the bridge keeping it's Victorian design.
Sheffield's Richard Hawley officially opened and performed alongside other local artists on 10 December 2008 to celebrate the £7m regeneration project to the Wicker and Lady's Bridge which includes improvement to local amenities including footpaths and lighting.
Next time you’re planning a visit to Meadowhall, rather than hopping on a tram or the X78 bus, why not do the five weirs walk instead?
As poet Robert Frost famously wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference”.
Take the road less travelled by and see a different view of Sheffield.
The Five Weirs Walk path is accessible to everyone, including disabled users. Stroll through the wildlife and history of Sheffield.
No excuses, it is literally on your doorstep and a unique sight of Sheffield not seen by many.
:: A map and further details can be obtained through Sheffield Tourist Board on 0114 2211900.
:: As of April 2008 the following areas of the Five Weirs Walk are closed
last updated: 11/12/2008 at 09:37