Walks reveal stories behind secret spaces

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The stories behind Sheffield’s secret spaces will be unveiled on two walks.

The art walks will be led by Sheffield-based Art In The Park and focus on communities around Cuthbert Bank and Parkwood Springs in the Upper Don corridor.

The walks will explain the history of the area and look at its changes.

They form part of the Unregistered Project which is funded through a Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories grant.

The scheme was designed as an opportunity for more people to get involved in heritage.

The Parkwood Springs Arts Walk will take place on Saturday, October 26, between 10.30am and 1.30pm.

Over a four-mile route, participants will explore well-known and secret paths surrounding Parkwood’s city-centre rubbish tip, visit the long-forgotten Wardsend Cemetery and trace the overgrown roads of a forgotten community, while taking part in arts and writing activities.

The walk will depart from the Infirmary Road tram stop and will cover some steep and rough terrain, so is recommended only for confident walkers.

The Cuthbert Bank Arts Walk is slightly easier. It will take place on Saturday, November 2, from 10.30am to 1.30pm. It will leave from the Zest Centre/Upperthorpe Library and follow a two-mile route which includes the site of Kelvin Flats, sharing the history and memories of previous residents.

The walk then continues to Cuthbert Bank, where the hulks of old pigeon lofts sit among the trees, before culminating in indoor arts activities and refreshments at Hillsborough Park.

Both walks are free and there is no need to book in advance.