This is a pleasant woodland walk on the outskirts of Sheffield it forms part of the Sheffield round walk. It is a relatively easy walk with no major hills. A word of warning when you arrive at Ringinglow there is only a very limited bus service that does not run on Sundays so you could link it into my
Hunters Bar to Fox House walk or it is about a 30 minute walk down Ringinglow Road to Bents Green terminus where there are plenty of Buses
From Sheffield city centre take the 97 bus bound for Totley or 98 bus bound for Totley Brook Dore Station these were operated by First and a frequent service in 2012. Alternatively you could catch the train from Sheffield or stations from Manchester.
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The start of this walk is actually no more than 10 minutes walk from the start of my Totley Brook road to Fox House walk. To get to this walk turn left from outside the Station heading away from Sheffield and follow the main road you will quickly arrive at the bottom of Totley Brook Road
The bus stop.outside Dore station this is where you would alight if you had come by bus from the city centre
The new (2013) park and ride facilities at Dore station
To start the walk to Ringinglow turn right from the Station and head down the main road past the park and ride towards Sheffield after 2 or 3 minutes on the left hand side of the road
the houses will end and Ecclesall Woods will start. At this point there is a Public footpath see illustrations below. Take this path and you will be heading into Ecclesall woods.
Abbeydale Rd South looking along the edge of Ecclesall woods at the bottom of Ryecroft Glen
The start of of Ryecroft Glen
Heading into Ecclesall Woods. On the right hand side under the wall is Limb Brook we will be basically following this river to Ringinglow
We pass between to higher walls the path is quite narrow before emerging into the woods. It feels like we are going into a secret garden.
Emerging into the woods Limb Brook comes into full view. This babbling Brook actually is of great historical importance in the dark ages this was the boundary of the kingdoms of Mercia and Northumbria.
It was in the nearby village of Dore now just a suburb of Sheffield in 827 (probably actually 829) King Egbert of Wessex led his army to the village to receive the submission of King Eanred of Northumbria thereby establishing his overlordship over the whole of Anglo-Saxon Britain: Until 1934 it was also the boundary between Derbyshire and Yorkshire so this innocent little river is a lot more than it seems. It joins
the River Sheaf just on the opposite side of Abbeydale Rd.
The memorial plaque commemorating the above historic event on Dore Village Green. Please be aware this cannot be seen on the route of this walk.
On the Right hand side you pass a miniature railway that's on the opposite side of the river.
The route ahead the path is good and easy to follow.
There are plenty of turn offs but we just stay on the main path.
The Limb Brook is always close by
The path is wide and obvious
You will eventually reach a fork in the path at this gate take the path to the right.
We are now following the path towards Whirlow.
The path is still very obvious and easy to follow.
It is also well signed
You will come to a stone stile in a wall that will take you into some playing fields
A Map of Ecclesall woods situated where we enter the playing fields. The two red triangles show where we left Abbeydale Rd and where we cross Ecclesall Rd to start the next stage of the walk, the orange line running between is the route and it even shows where this map is situated with the red circle and arrow.
Looking up the playing fields towards Ecclesall road at Whirlowdale
Almost at Ecclesall Rd
Ecclesall Rd the A625 you could if you choose start or finish your walk here if you don't wish to do the full walk. Buses can be caught to and from Sheffield City Centre the number 70 Dore bus and all the busses heading to and from Derbyshire via Fox House. Pherhaps you may wish to catch a bus into Derbyshire or to Fox House from here. Also it is where you would alight if you were visiting Whirlow Brook park and Hall.
From the bus stop cross over the road and the entrance to Whirlow Brook Park is in front of you.
Pass through the gates you will see the park sign on your left.
Walk up the road towards Whirlow Brook Hall.
This is a really pleasant walk up to the hall
Just before there is a car Park on the right and a path take the path and Whirlow Brook Hall comes into view. There is a cafe here if you want some refreshments.
There are some beautiful gardens in the Park it is a very pleasant place to visit or linger. The path you are on will lead you to the back of the Hall there is a path into the woods.
The path behind the hall on to Ringinglow.
We drop down into the Limb Valley and cross Limb Brook
Just after we cross the river we come to another path turn left we start to climb and make our way along the valley side.
Limb Brook far below.
We gradually start to drop down again.
There is then a sudden change as we dropped down and the river climbed the path and the river come together the valley becomes much shallower losing it's steep sides and becomes far less wooded.
A pleasant place for a picnic this is the first obvious sign of the change mentioned above.
We are running level with the river and keep crossing it on small bridges
Another river crossing
The valley now becomes very shallow as we near it's head.
A winters day at the head of the Limb Valley.
The final climb to the top of the Limb Valley
The sign at the top of the Limb Valley informing people they are entering the valley
After leaving the valley we cross a field before entering Ringinglow. This field can be very boggy note the stepping stones.
About to enter Ringinglow
Ringinglows most famous landmark the Roundhouse which is an old toll house. Ringinglow is often refered to locally as just the Roundhouse.
The Norfolk Arms Pub Ringinglow a good place for refreshments.
From here there is a very limited bus service as mentioned earlier so if there are no buses
you could either link into my Hunters Bar to Fox House walk and walk to Hunters Bar or Fox House or it is about a 30 minute walk down Ringinglow Road to Bents Green terminus where there are plenty of Buses
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