Well said SK, (Letters, October 6 - Let’s walk to school now).
When I was young my sister and I, along with friends, used to walk from Woodside Lane, no longer there, to Burngreave School every day, up the Lane, along Pitsmoor Road, down Christchurch Road, across to Melrose Road and up the cobbled hill beside the cemetery, which was hazardous in winter being icy!
Back home for what we called dinner and off again for the afternoon session until home time.
This, I think, prepared my friends and me when we started work at 14 years at Leppingtons. We left home, walking across to Pitsmoor Road, down Chatham Street and across to Bridge Street where the chaps with their white mufflers were standing, cooling off outside the rolling mills. You could feel the heat as you passed.
Then you reached Snig Hill, going up there, crossing Fitzalan Square, passing the Marples. Then into Pond Street, past the brewery until reaching Paternoster Row, enjoying the lovely smell of baking at Davy’s factory until reaching Sidney Street, our place of work. Hours 9am until 6pm and Saturdays 8am until noon.
Yes, walking certainly keeps you fit and they were enjoyable times with always plenty to chat about.
Even at 93 years, I walk out every day and catch the bus either to Broomhill or to town, rather slower these days, but still enjoyable.