Meet: Mondays starting promtly at 10 o'clock from in front of the Rose Garden Café - including Bank Holidays
The Rose Garden cafe is now open for take-away drinks, ices and snacks which is fine for socialising provided the weather isn't cold and wet. We are not sure how long the lovely volunteers at St. James's church, Norton will continue to provide refreshments from 10-12 on week days but those of our walkers who prefer not to drink their coffee al-fresco in winter can continue to socialise after the walk in the warm in chuch for as long as the volunteers are there.
Time: 9.50 in time to start walking at 10 o'clock
Meet: Immediately outside the Rose Garden Cafe, Graves Park
Graves Park is located 3 miles south of Sheffield city centre, and at 87 hectares, it is the city's largest public park. The park boasts 2 playgrounds, woodlands, lakes, sports grounds, a cafe and an urban farm with animals. The views on the walks are quite outstanding.
People start to gather for the walk at about 09:45 so they can have a chat before they walk. After the walk, which for some lasts up to 60 minutes, the conversations often continue over refreshments in the Rose Cottage Cafe.
There are two walks each week to cover all abilities and preferences. There is a shorter walk which is relatively level and which uses tarmac paths, and a longer walk which needs slightly more energy and takes in the woodlands and has fairly steep ascent and descents. The longer walk can sometimes be muddy in places. Both walks generally last just under an hour.
We encourage our walkers to go as far as they can comfortably walk, and to facilitate this we don’t mind pausing to take in the view and enjoy a natter, especially on a sunny day!
Like all our other walks, the Graves Park walk is free.
The main entrances to the park are at Charles Ashmore Road, Cobnar Road and Hemsworth Road (car park fees apply at Hemsworth Road car park but not at Charles Ashmore or Cobnar Road.
Buses: for the Charles Ashmore entrance via Woodseats and Meadowhead: the 44 and 43 Chesterfield buses, the 75 to Batemore and Jordanthorpe, and the 24 and 25 to Lowedges.
for the Hemswoth Road entrance: the number 18 via Derbyshire Lane or the number 20 via Warminster Road or Blackstock Road.
Parking: The main car park (Hemsworth Rpad entrance is pay and display. The two smaller car parks (Cobnar Rd and Charles Ashmore Road) are free.
Toilets: There are toilets at the cafe accessible from both outside and inside the building.