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WALK


Rotherham Ring Route


Keppel’s Column to Magna


With Rotherham Metro Ramblers


With a mix of rural, urban and industrial scenery, the final section of the Rotherham Ring Route makes for a great winter walk for all to enjoy. Start: 3.5 miles (5.5 km) Postcode: Parking on Admirals Crescent, off Wortley Rd. (S61 2SW)


At Keppel’s Column follow a path along the upper edge of the field that leads to Scholes Coppice. Before reaching it, bear right near an old gate on a path that leads into a small wooded area before opening out on to grass near the three-storied flats.


Bear right to access a path through a gate to the rear of the right-hand block. Follow this path through Bray Plantation, turning left to access Oaks Lane. Turn right to meet the A629. Cross over into Grange Park. Follow the access road for 100 metres then turn left down another lane for the driving range.


In 100 metres the road turns left for the driving range but the path continues to bear slightly right and meanders gently downhill towards Millmoor Juniors Football Club.


At a large steel gate, bear right downhill to join a track which leads under an old Wagonway bridge. Do not go under the bridge; instead climb onto the track, turn right and follow the disused railway track. At the next T-junction take the left-hand path which goes downhill at an acute angle to follow the bank of a brook. Cross the brook via a footbridge and climb up the opposite bank to access Droppingwell Rd. Cross the road. Ascend to the green lane which is to the left after a short distance. Just before its brow turn right to follow a field edge path by a fence on the right to Poucher St. Take the path directly opposite the end of Poucher St which passes the back gardens


of a housing estate before entering an area of reclaimed land. Turn diagonally right immediately before a pylon on a path that, after 20 metres, follows a fence on the left to drop down onto Meadowhall Road by the side of another pylon. Cross the road and enter a disused lane on the Left. In 60 metres take a path on the right to descend down on to Meadowbank Road (A6109).


Cross the road and turn left. In 350 metres, just after a bus stop, join a footpath between two metal fences. Proceed downhill crossing the railway by a footbridge.


Access the canal towpath and turn right. Follow the towpath for one and a quarter km to a bridge over the canal located in front of a set of locks adjacent to the Tinsley Viaduct. Cross the bridge, turn right and access Sheffield Rd (A6178). Turn left and proceed for one km to the start of the Rotherham Ring Route, the Magna Centre.


RETURN ROUTE Approx 5.0 miles (8.0 km) This route takes walkers along the TPT


(Trans Pennine Trail) towards Chapeltown but cutting across towards Thundercliffe Grange and across Grange Park Golf Course back to Keppel’s Column.


Rather than crossing the bridge to Sheffield


Road/Tinsley, continue along the canal path passing the locks and following the path to Meadowhall. Pass under the Tinsley Viaduct and then immediately right over bridge following signs to TPT, Five Wiers Walk and Meadowhall South tram station.


Continue crossing the tram line, turning right


Further details regarding public transport and other local walks, complete with maps, can be found in the Rotherham Ring Route booklet which can be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre on High Street, Rotherham or Deer Park Farm Tea Rooms in Thrybergh for only £2. Also details of how to send for the booklet can be found on www.ramblers.org.uk/rotherham-metro


64 aroundtownmagazine.co.uk


to follow the footpath alongside the road running around Meadowhall. Pass under the bridge following the TPT Sheffield sign. At the side of Meadowhall, take a left turn and enter the building to cross the footbridge to the bus and train stations. Make your way to the Park and Ride car park and pick up the TPT at its edge. Here, cross the footbridge which crosses Barrow Road following TPT signs towards Thorpe Hesley. Continue forth in front of the Travelodge following the TPT north running between the M1 and the railway line towards Chapeltown. Follow this tree enclosed cycle route for 2.4km (one and half miles).


On reaching Grange Lane, turn right, following the road running under the M1. Continue up to the brow of the hill turning right along the drive leading to Thundercliffe Grange.


After 300 metres, turn left along a footpath signposted TPT leading across the fairways of Grange Park Golf Course and then along the path in front of the clubhouse. Follow the road left after the golf course car park taking the driveway until you reach the main A629 road. Take care crossing this road, where there is the option to catch the bus directly back into Rotherham. Otherwise, proceed up Oaks Lane until a footpath is reached on the left opposite Barkers Park.


Retrace your steps by following the main footpath through the woods taking the second right by a bench towards an adjacent play area. Bear right then left through a gate passing through a small wood to a gate entering open fields that lead back to Keppel’s Column now on the left.


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