Why Sheffield's five weirs walk makes for a perfect day out
Sheffield’s picturesque five weirs walk is the perfect way to spend a day, and passes through scenes of the city’s Victorian and industrial history.
How do I get to the starting point?
The starting point is Meadowhall Interchange, and for those travelling via the city centre the quickest public transport route is via train which takes approximately five minutes. If you are travelling in the car, you should take the A61 onto the B6073, B6071 and Stevenson Rd to Brightside Lane/A610.
What route should I take?
The circular five mile walk begins at Meadowhall Interchange and takes you south-west along Meadowhall Road to the route’s first waypoint at Hadfield’s Weir on Meadow Hall Trading Estate, 202 Meadowhall Road. From there, you will need to travel to the next waypoint of Brightside Weir on Brightside Lane, which you can get to by walking south-west on Meadowhall Rd/A6109 towards Meadowhall Riverside. Turn left onto Weedon Street and then right onto Five Weirs Walk. From there, the next waypoint is river crossing, which you can get to by passing Sheffield Forgemasters, following the signs for the five weirs walk on to Bold Street and fork slightly left down the tarmac slope to the river crossing via the pedestrian bridge. Your next waypoint is Sanderson’s Weir, which you can get to by continuing to follow the the River Don on to East Coast Road, which will be on your right. From there you will need to walk along Princess Street and then Attercliffe Road on to Warren Road to the next way point of Burton’s Weir. Next, you will be heading for Walk Mill Weir, following the five weir walk signs along the River Don once again on to Effingham Street where Walk Mill Weir is located. The final leg of the journey takes you from Effingham Street on to the end point at Meadowhall Interchange, following the five weirs walk signs on to Attercliffe Road and Brightside Lane, before arriving back at Meadowhall Interchange.
What will I see along the way?
You will pass old schools, mills, industrial buildings, Victorian buildings and bridges including Lady’s Bridge. In addition, you are likely to view plenty of wildlife along the way. Some people who have completed the route have reported seeing kingfishers and herons.