SHF Urban Hike: Arbourthorne & Sky Edge

This is a city centre hike, it starts and finishes at the railway station. It involves climbing up and down stairs, hiking through green spaces, by historical and cultural points of interest and to some of the best viewpoints of the city. It starts and finishes at the railway station, you could walk up and catch the tram back or catch the tram up and walk back down. If you are, or become, familiar with the area then you could adapt it as you see fit, e.g shorten it to make a lunchtime walk or run. The route is just over 4.5 miles in all. If you stop to chat and sightsee then it is estimated it will take about 2.5 to 3 hours.

I haven’t written a detailed guide but if you want a guide to Sheffield then I recommend you start with the Pevsner Guide to Sheffield (usually in stock at the city-centre Waterstones and VFM) and you can always prepare or reflect by searching places on Google. I have used the original spelling of Sky Edge. I think it was gentrified or rebranded to Skye Edge by someone in the Council in the 80s.

About 2010 The Sheffield Publicity Department was “reincarnated” by a couple of guys at University of Sheffield. They had a very playful, psychogeographic take on the city and their Arbourthorne webpage is witty and fun with things to do and alternatives for getting to and from the Arbourthorne viewpoint. You can download and print off the leaflet.

Entire route covered by OS map Explorer 278

Heads up! Mostly on paved paths but there is one section across Manor Oaks Fields so ‘stout’ footwear good.
Do it during the daytime and the cafe in Norfolk Park will be open.
Lovely on a clear night as the city sparkles beneath you.
Take a torch at night, Manor Oaks Fields has no lighting.
Sheffield weather can be capricious so take a waterproof, and whatever else you may want or need, in a rucksack.
Not so fit? You can catch a tram up to Spring Lane just below the Arbourthorne “look-out” and walk down or walk up and catch the tram back to the station. And so on…

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