Eckington (Sheffield)Swallownest

Eckswa two
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By Hugh Hudson on 20 Aug 2023


Distance

10km/6mi

Ascent

152m

Descent

179m

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Description

ECKSWA 1 is almost a very good route, but the junction between the TransPennine Trail cycle track south of Killamarsh to the path to Eckington is not safe - it is at two different levels and the direct route between them is a steep scramble up/down the edge of a railway cutting. This version, which I walked yesterday, shows the safer paths on the ground that have developed to avoid this problem, and also sticks closer to the walked paths in a few other areas

ECKSWA 1 is almost a very good route, but the junction between the TransPennine Trail cycle track south of Killamarsh to the path to Eckington is not safe - it is at two different levels and the direct route between them is a steep scramble up/down the edge of a railway cutting. This version, which I walked yesterday, shows the safer paths on the ground that have developed to avoid this problem, and also sticks closer to the walked paths in a few other areas

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Grade 3: Route includes rough surfaces that may include small boulders, potholes, shallow ruts, loose gravel, short muddy sections.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Maybe present Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Maybe present Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Maybe present Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Not present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

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Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Not present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Maybe present Very muddy (1)
Not present at time of survey Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Not present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 40.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient East: no data

The steepest uphill gradient West: no data

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unclear in places (1)

Successfully completed

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Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

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Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

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There is no data on how much of this route is on roads

20.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

50.0% of the route is paved (1)

5.0% of the route is muddy (1)

There is no data on rough ground

1.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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Eckington (Sheffield)
Grid Ref SK4228679026
Lat / Lon 53.30652° / -1.36688°
Easting / Northing 442,286E / 379,026N
What3Words beak.soldiers.lizards
Swallownest
Grid Ref SK4524885343
Lat / Lon 53.36305° / -1.32153°
Easting / Northing 445,248E / 385,343N
What3Words thrones.onlookers.commit

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reviews


StephenWalker

22 May 2024 Spring

I walked this route from Eckington. It begins on quiet pavements, and after crossing the busy A6135 follows a well defined bridleway to join the Trans Pennine trail. I agree with the route author that the path onto the national trail is safer than scrambling down the embankment. Leaving the TPT to enter Rother Valley Country Park is well marked. There are refreshments at the park centres, before continuing northwards. Watch out for the footpath leaving the main trail. The route follows well walked paths to cross the railway and A57 on overbridges. The footpath alongside the A57 is narrow and muddy, but easily followed. It meets the line of the pre-bypass route and skirts the housing to arrive in the village centre. A nice route.


Hugh Hudson

20 Aug 2023 Summer

This is the route I actually walked yesterday from Swallownest to Eckington while following ECKSWA one, having decided that the scramble up from the old railway to the top of the bridge didn't look very safe. It is a good attractive route, entirely off-road apart from the section through Eckington. Most of it is on good surfaces, but it is probably unsuitable for wheels.

From Swallownest, we cross the road and take the path south along an alleyway between houses. We turn right across Wetherby Drive and right again a little earlier than the right of way line (the path on the ground is well used and unmissable). This takes us through a green corridor to a path junction by the A57 Aston by-pass, where we follow the fenced off path left to reach the bridge below Brookhouse Road. We turn right and follow a good cycle track across the road and the railway, then down and across Pigeon Bridge Brook, then left up Waleswood Road, another bridleway. Eventually we take the path right that runs between a wood and a field down to Pithouse Lane, where we head left on a good track. Shortly after this becomes a surfaced road, we turn right over a bridge then left, following the road past the cycle centre then continuing around the south end of Rother Valley Lake and its waterskiers on a tarmac path. Shortly after we turn northwards, we take the path left under an old railway bridge, then follow it round to the right to reach the TransPennine Trail former railway, where we turn sharp left.

We follow the old railway over the Rother, over Station Road and past Killamarsh. Eventually we pass under a high bridge below Boiley Farm (photo 12). I wouldn' recommend the shortcut scramble up the bank - it is much easier to continue further south to find the path that doubles back to the right above the railway cutting.

The path from Boiley Farm to Eckington is good - an old road that is now disappearing into the fields in places, with a couple of stiles. At Sheffield Road we turn right and cross to follow Station Road (if the road is busy there is a central refuge in the road a little further right than the junction). We follow the roads around (past what would have made an excellent meeting point with benches at the corner of Southgate and Market Street in the central shopping area - see picture 15). When we reach High Street we have to cross to the right hand side as there is no pavement on the left.

When we reach the B6052 we turn left, still on High Street, and follow it up to the Eckington meeting point just above the post office, where there are no benches or open space, so it seems a very strange choice.


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Distance

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Ascent

167 m

Descent

142 m

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