Northernvicar walks – Three Northern Cities, May 2018

1 – Derby. Julie and I voted, then went up into Allestree Park. There is a hard-surfaced track which the buggy can cope with. We enjoyed the bluebells.

2 – Sheffield. Friday 11 May and I had to give platelets. It is the same fare to Meadowhall as to Sheffield, so I walked down the River Don from there – 6 miles into the centre of town. (I did the first part of this walk a few months ago, but had to jump on a bus to get to platelets on time). Some good wildlife, Great Central viaduct and yards, river sculptures – website – a mixture of buildings, and the fountains outside the station. The Blue Loop -well cared for, and a good website.

3 – Leeds. Tuesday 22 May, a day trip to Leeds to meet the Ecumenical Officer for the CE. I got an early cheap train (I’m saving the Diocese money) and had an opportunity for a 3 mile walk. It is a fascinating city centre. I left through the new station exit, and walked along the canal The County Arcade is featured on this blog. The first statue is the Briggate Minerva, by Andy Scott, 2013. I listened to the owl tell me his observations on life – you can phone him up. The second ‘The Human Spirit’ by Faith Babbington is outside the Nuffield Hospital and was installed in 2002.

A useful day – and a good lunch – then I went out west along the Leeds and Liverpool canal. It would be a great walk to keep going. I went as far as the new Kirkstall Forge station, about 5 miles.

I debated returning to Leeds via Bradford or Ilkley, but decided to return and have another walk and wander, 2 miles. Found Leeds Parish Church, which needs a proper visit sometime. A through train home – the Leeds-Nottingham service took me back to Alfreton.

I walked 76 miles in May.



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2 Responses to Northernvicar walks – Three Northern Cities, May 2018

  1. Helen says:

    Nice – I really fancy the Leeds canal side walk one day. Think it goes right through to eventually?

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