Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Sheffield 456 Before and Afterwards

John Harker

This article is from Signpost 66, Winter 2020

Here are photographs showing this footpath in the Darnall area of Sheffield, not far from where I live.

The first two photoographs show this footpath as I found it on 1 October. The footpath runs from the cul-de-sac end of Barley Wood Road between industrial units. Its a useful link, despite its less than salubrious surroundings. It connects to other footpaths leading into more pleasant open countryside along the Sheffield-Rotherham border at Tinsley Park golf course.

Perhaps its just a coincidence that the unit to the left of the footpath is a vehicle breakers yard, the unit to the right had recently had a number of trees pruned along the boundary fence. Having squeezed past the pile of cuttings, I continued my walk after taking photos and sending them to Sheffield Council PRoW Unit.

The final photograph shows the footpath when I walked it again last Friday. Tyres gone, and cuttings removed thanks to the Council's prompt action. Flytipping blights our society and the cost to residents through council tax grows at a time when local authorities are stretched to breaking point as it is in the current national crisis.

Next: Sign of the times and Closing Credits

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