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.
Cafes, pubs etc are numerous on this route. The centre of Sheffield is full of abandoned worship places including a synagogue. Contact details for both Wincobank Chapel and Zion Graveyard are Penny Rea – 07980 143776 – [email protected] – [email protected] There is car parking next to Wincobank Chapel in the street around the village green. For bigger parties, large numbers of cars or visitors by rail would be better going to Meadowhall Interchange (free parking) and taking a 36 bus or similar up to the top of Wincobank. The bus stops next to the Chapel and the shops. Return to Meadowhall after the cathedral evensong would be best via the direct tram route from outside the Cathedral. For more info, get in touch with David Anson.
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.