Tales of the riverside walk

Five Weirs Walk, by Matthew Bell'uedmatt@yahoo.com''Matthew Bell'4 Cross Myrtle Road'Heeley'S2 3EL
Five Weirs Walk, by Matthew Bell'uedmatt@yahoo.com''Matthew Bell'4 Cross Myrtle Road'Heeley'S2 3EL
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THE fifth anniversary of an £8m riverside walk through the east end of Sheffield is being marked with a booklet describing the trials and tribulations of its formation.

Created by experts from the University of Sheffield and volunteers, the Five Weirs Walk allows walkers, cyclists and nature lovers to follow the River Don for 7.5km between the city centre and Meadowhall.

Launched in 2007 after more than 20 years of work, and with the support of the council and local businesses, the route is now recognised as one of the UK’s finest water corridors. It is now in the hands of the Five Weirs Trust.

Prof David Lerner, of the University’s Department of Civil and Structural Engineering and Catchment Science Centre, described the walk as “an incredible Sheffield success story. Five years after opening seemed an appropriate time to record how the project developed.

“The booklet shows that restoring urban rivers is a long and complex task, but that great successes can be achieved by an enthusiastic group of volunteers.”

The booklet is free.

Contact 222 5725; www.fiveweirs.co.uk.