When you pick up a walking route card or guidebook, you expect to read line after line of dry directions. Turn left at the stile then descend down to a bridge. Cross the bridge and turn right... But when I picked up the Sheffield Round Walk Guidebook, I accidentally read the whole thing from cover to cover.
In this guidebook Jon Barton brings to life the circular city walk by invoking wildlife, geology and relics of Sheffield’s industrial past that you’ll encounter along the way.
The text is fast-paced and offers just the right amount of local interest – enough to pique your interest and illustrate the landscape but not so much that you’ll feel overwhelmed with information. Barton’s tone is that of an enthusiastic friend, sharing his love and knowledge of paths and areas he has obviously trodden many times before.
Of course, the main purpose of a guidebook is to tell you where you’re going. This one is clear and simple, giving you options to explore different spots along the way if you have the time and inclination.
OS maps for each section are incredibly helpful as (from experience) it can be easy to miss signs on the Sheffield Round Walk. Like all good guides, Barton also shares details of eateries and facilities along the way.
All in all, a very enjoyable and handy quick read – whether you’re out walking in Sheffield or sat in the bath at home!
You can buy the Sheffield Round Walk guide from the Vertebrate Publishing website here.
Or read about when we did the Sheffield Round Walk here.
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