Meet: Wednesday afternoons in the car park, Ecclesfield Park off the Common and opposite Morrisons (S35 9AE), in time to start walking at 2pm
Time: 1.50 in time to start walking at 2pm
Meet: in the Ecclesfield park car park off the Common, (opposite Morrisons), S35 9AE
We meet in the Park car park (opposite Morrisons and go back to Morrisons after the walk to socialise. Normally we use their Community Room but on 13th December 2023 we all enjoyed a festive lunch together in Morrisons cafe. Maddie, the Morrisons Community Champion, was our personal waitress for the afternoon!
The Ecclesfield walk started on the12th April 2001 in partnership with Mill Road surgery and walkers used to meet outside the surgery every Wednesday and return to the surgery for refreshments afterwards. Covid 19 unfortunately put paid to those arrangements but the walkers continued to meet in the small car park off 'The Common' opposite Morrisons in Ecclesfield which is conveniently near the bus stop. One of the volunteers took a table, hot water, tea, coffee, milk and biscuits so walkers could enjoy a free cuppa together when they finished their walk. Then, in June 2023 Maddie, the Community Champion at Morrisons very kindly came to the rescue! The group now socialise after their walk in the lovely Morrison's Community Room. This venue will be especially appreciated when the winter weather returns.
In the past the group have very occasionally travelled off site to walk. Those with transport provide lifts for those without and they set off at 2pm from the car park in Ecclesall Park. More Hall reservoir, Worsborough Mill, Wheata Woods and Elsecar are some of the off-site options available to choose from.
Each week a short-walk option is available in addition to the main walk. The short walk might last anywhere between 20 minutes and 40 minutes depending upon the weather and the fitness of the walkers on any given day. The main walk lasts up to an hour.
Ecclesfield Park itself is a 12-hectare greenspace with lots of amenities including a bandstand, a bowling green and pavilion, a community garden, a children’s playground and a multi-use play area. The paths are well surfaced and level making them ideal for wheelchair users. The Trans Pennine Trail provides some alternative walks for those walkers able to walk a little further.
The first two pictures below were taken in Ecclesfield Park, the last one was taken on a walk along the canal at Elsecar.
Buses: No 1,2, 29 83 and 83a. Alight at the stop opposite Morrisons
Parking: The car park in Ecclesfield Park or roadside parking on the far side of the park
Toilets: There are no public toilets but Morrisons, opposite the park, have facilities.