Sheffield Cathedral Pilgrimage in a Day
Linear route from Wincobank – 1 day, 6.5 miles. Start at Wincobank Undenominational Chapel, which has loos and a tea before you set off (potentially any day of the week if you phone in advance). Then make the famous hill climb of the tour de Yorkshire, and visit Wincobank Hill Fort to see from above what you will walk the rest of the day. Follow the Roman Ridge historic earthwork path to the river by a footbridge. Follow this Trans Pennine Trail/ Five Weirs Walk, and branch off to visit the Hill Top Chapel, dating from the early 17th Century, and the now demolished Zion Chapel and Graveyard. Friends of Zion Graveyard can meet a party and show graves of many famous Sheffielders. Then follow the river footpath to Castlegate and visit the castle excavations if open. Then the Roman Catholic Cathedral, and finally the Anglican Cathedral of Sheffield.
Circular Route from either of the two cathedrals of Sheffield – 3.5 miles. The route follows a circular combination of the green and burgundy lines on the Google Map below. Walk past the Unitarian and Methodist chapels, down to Lady’s Bridge, and back across the river through the site of the old castle, through the Cholera Monument Grounds past Sheffield Train Station to St. Mary’s Church. If it is open and the cafe’s going, there’s a good lunch stop (if you start at the cathedrals). Nearby is the United football ground for those who follow England’s true religion. Then there’s a walk by a couple of other churches/chapels, one converted to a bar and even a former synagogue. Then back to the cathedrals.