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Rotherham

South Yorkshire


Slow Ways linking Rotherham and Chapeltown, Hooton Roberts, Hoyland, Maltby, Rawmarsh, Sheffield, Swallownest, Thurcroft

England / South Yorkshire / Rotherham

Rotherham’s eight Slow Ways are 41% checked

Drawn: 8/8
reviewed: 6/8
verified: 2/8
and surveyed: 1/8

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Slow Way Route To do
Chapeltown—Rotherham
Charot one

Double check Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 155m Descent 211m
Chapeltown—Rotherham
Charot two Verify me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent - Descent -
Hoyland—Rotherham
Hoyrot one Review me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 178m Descent 286m
Rotherham—Hooton Roberts
Rothoo one Pioneer me Distance 7km/5mi Ascent 95m Descent 78m
Rotherham—Hooton Roberts
Rothoo two Enjoy me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Rotherham—Maltby
Rotmal one Review me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 364m Descent 287m
Rotherham—Rawmarsh
Rotraw one Pioneer me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 39m Descent 86m
Rotherham—Rawmarsh
Rotraw two Pioneer me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 108m Descent 156m
Rotherham—Swallownest
Rotswa one Review me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 154m Descent 204m
Rotherham—Thurcroft
Rotthu one Pioneer me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 91m Descent 182m
Sheffield—Rotherham
Sherot one

Survey me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 99m Descent 129m
Sheffield—Rotherham
Sherot two

Double check Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 156m Descent 189m
Sheffield—Rotherham
Sherot three Review me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

52% of Rotherham’s eight route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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9/13

reviewed

3/13

surveyed

2/13

verified

10 people have contributed to Rotherham’s Slow Ways

1 people have pledged to walk and review a route

3 people have surveyed a route in Rotherham

111km out of 139km have been walked and reviewed

236km of reviews have been shared in Rotherham

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Beyond the railway bridge we leave the canal briefly along a wide but little used road, then rejoin the old towpath that passes through a pleasant green corridor between industrial sites. We cross to the north bank on a bridge that still has old tram tracks, and shortly afterwards leave the canal right on an unsignposted path that has a short unsurfaced section (fairly compacted so not too muddy) then crosses the railway....

Hugh Hudson

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A good route, though Mousehole Lane is unsurfaced, muddy and steep in places. The walk round the reservoir is well surfaced popular and scenic, and I agree that it is the best thing on this route. We leave the crowds to go straight on on another surfaced path into Thrybergh, where the street route has a shop - there is also a slightly shorter footpath option here. The lane is unsurfaced and quite muddy, and evidently very popular with motorbikes (fortunately I didn't meet any)....

Hugh Hudson

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I walked from Rotherham in two stages breaking the journey at Meadowhall South tram stop. Leaving Rotherham the route passes the train and tram station before taking to the canal towpath....

Ken

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Back down alongside the river the path is mostly good including an excellent section of concrete boardwalk. More shops here as we climb again as the river takes a course around the hill to the east. The Trans Pennine Trail alongside the river looks good on the map but I didn’t find it a welcoming route alongside a high security factory fence. The river here had much evidence of recent flooding but the path is mostly above the high water line....

Ken

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There is a longish walk through residential areas before you get to open country, after which wellies are good if there’s been a lot of rain. There’s a dodgy road crossing at the top of this slope, after which there’s a short walk through some residential roads, including a well-hidden footpath between the backs of houses....

Susan

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It goes alongside rivers and canals for most of the route, and has the super-convenient stopping point of Meadowhall shopping centre half way along....

Susan

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This was the highlight of the walk, with a good path all round it, plentiful wildfowl, and a café at the end. This was followed by the lowlight of the walk – nearly a mile of walking along the narrow pavement of a busy road, where conversation was very difficult due to traffic noise and having to walk single file....

Mary Oz

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Rotherham—Hooton Roberts

Mary Oz added Rothoo two, a new walk from Rotherham to Hooton Roberts

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The route safely crosses a main road by an under bridge to arrive at a newish industrial park. There is a choice the signed alternative has views over the site along a good surface or the main route passes through the site. Charot uses a footpath that does not exist on the ground or definitive map so from here we need to stay on Meadow Bank Road or along Meadow Bank Road by the houses which is a short respite from the noise but involves a little more elevation. Once on the main road there is a narrow grass buffer between road and pavement....

Ken

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Chapeltown—Rotherham

Ken added Charot two, a new walk from Chapeltown to Rotherham

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The path marked on OS alongside the M1 south of jct 34 is not available and is not on the definitive maps of Sheffield or Rotherham....

Ken

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Two significant highlights on this walk, a peep into Elsecar museum site and a view of the stunning Wentworth Hall and it's delightful associated village, so perhaps three. Services at Elsecar plus just off route at Wentworth at Greasborough. The final hedged path is far better close to this impressive estate village. The road is rather busy but there is a pavement and the village offers a shop, inn, post office and buses so why not include it on the walk? Our route crosses a field so there may be cattle before re-joining an estate road along which I met families having a great day out and only occasional estate traffic....

Ken

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Started in Rotherham to head back to Sheffield from Rotherham Station, and we were aware that some of the route was shut, but expected clear signage to get back onto the canal route via main roads. Until everything reopens again, this is not a route for a casual expected route as there is not enough guidance to let you know where you need to go....

Philippa Norwood

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But closed sections, with no explanation in some cases where the path was open again made for a frustrating walk, Once open again this would be a really nice route....

Tim Ryan

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Sheffield—Rotherham

Mary Oz added Sherot three, a new walk from Sheffield to Rotherham

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I actually walked Sherot 2 which is identical to Sherot 1 from the Tinsley M1 Roundabout to Rotherham. Sections of the towpath here are currently closed or due to be closed until 31/3/2023. There are advised diversions in place, but this means that this exact Slow Way is not entirely possible for a time....

Mary Oz

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From OS Grid Ref: SK 42630 92702 to the Rotherham Station is closed until 30/7/2022 due to flood defence works2...

Mary Oz

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It follows the River Don as far as possible, but includes some road pavements, and also part of the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal towpath. After crossing the tramline and passing under the M1, the route follows the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal, past several locks....

Mary Oz

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It was quite isolated in places and muddy but don't believe any alternative route wouldn't be....

John Siddle

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Sheffield—Rotherham

Sheaf Porter Rivers Trust added Sherot two, a new walk from Sheffield to Rotherham

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Overall it's a great route along the canal (without any roads), but it would be much better if it started at the Sheffield canal basin - there's no need for the start bit past Hyde Park tram stop and down an almost-deserted Lumley Street. I also can't see the reason for the bit where it leaves the canal and joins the road for a while near IKEA. You can just continue along the canal no problem....

Sam G

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The footpath for the Sheffield half is a little uneven and muddy, flat after Rotherham. A great mix of nature, old and new industrial architecture. All off road from Sheffield canal basin to Rotherham Station....

Kathy B

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Major alteration to suggested route is to include the Sheffield canal basin to see the famous straddle warehouse building....

Bre King

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A great walk from Sheffield to Rotherham. Some quirky street art at the Sheffield end of the route....

Kathy B

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Chapeltown—Rotherham

Slow Ways added Charot one, a new walk from Chapeltown to Rotherham

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Hoyland—Rotherham

Slow Ways added Hoyrot one, a new walk from Hoyland to Rotherham

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Rotherham—Hooton Roberts

Slow Ways added Rothoo one, a new walk from Rotherham to Hooton Roberts

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Rotherham—Maltby

Slow Ways added Rotmal one, a new walk from Rotherham to Maltby

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Rotherham—Rawmarsh

Slow Ways added Rotraw one, a new walk from Rotherham to Rawmarsh

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Rotherham—Rawmarsh

Slow Ways added Rotraw two, a new walk from Rotherham to Rawmarsh

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Rotherham—Swallownest

Slow Ways added Rotswa one, a new walk from Rotherham to Swallownest

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Rotherham—Thurcroft

Slow Ways added Rotthu one, a new walk from Rotherham to Thurcroft

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Sheffield—Rotherham

Slow Ways added Sherot one, a new walk from Sheffield to Rotherham

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Rotherham, Sun 14 April

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Rotherham’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SK4279893053

Lat / Lon

53.43255° / -1.35730°

Easting / Northing

442,798E / 393,053N

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