Walk route to keep Sheffield pubs alive

Heading into The Rivelin on the pub crawl
Heading into The Rivelin on the pub crawl
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A group of former Sheffield students have united to promote a country pub walk - after many of their favourite venues closed down.

The six - who shared a house in Crookes 15 years ago while studying at Sheffield University - devised an eight-mile trek which takes in 10 pubs.

The route starts by the former Tapton Hall of Residence in Crookes and takes in Crosspool, Sandygate, the Rivelin Valley, Stannington and Walkley.

Organiser Nick Sharpe, aged 35, said: “We first walked this route on Spring Bank Holiday 1998, and we’ve been horrified since then to see the speed at which the number of pubs on the route has fallen.

“The Rivelin Pub Crawl, as we know it, is a chance to get outside, see some beautiful parts of Sheffield and have a few pints with friends. It would be a tragedy if more of the pubs were to close.”

Venues lost over the years include The Hallamshire Hotel, in Crookes, The Bell Hagg at Crosspool and The Sportsman, Stannington.

The downloadable map has been published on the group’s Facebook page.

Nick added: “We started the page in a bid to encourage more people to take on the challenge, drive some custom to the pubs and make sure we can keep this tradition going for many years to come.”

Nick, who now lives in Glasgow but travels back to Sheffield several times a year, said he had tried to make the walk as easy as possible for any potential ‘crawlers’.

He said: “The map file will run on most smartphones, and there’s also a list of the addresses of all the pubs on the route. Plugging them into Google Maps should guide people round quite nicely, even if they don’t get the route 100 per cent perfect.”

Highlights of the walk include The Rocks, a gritstone escarpment with superb views down the Rivelin Valley, and cosy pubs like the newly-refurbished Rivelin Hotel and the Hollybush in Stannington.

Other group members include Paul Scarrott, owner of DS Print and Design in Crookes, law graduate Chris Horsely, accountant Sam Taylor, Alan Mitchell and Jenny Louth, who works at Sheffield University.

n Visit www.facebook.com/groups/rivelinpubcrawl for details.