Excavations: a Boundary Walk with Rob Hindle and Fay Musselwhite

Excavations: a Boundary Walk
with Rob Hindle and Fay Musselwhite

Rivelin Reservoir, Sheffield, S6 6GD
Saturday 25 May
1.30pm–5.30pm
£8 / £6 concessions (advance booking only)
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Join poets Rob Hindle and Fay Musselwhite on a walk that spans Rivelin Dams and Redmires Reservoirs, via the recently rediscovered WWI training trenches at Quarry Hill. We’ll encounter and reflect on the ‘defensive landscapes’ that mark the boundary of western Sheffield and the Peak District, and glimpse the origins of the river Rivelin. Along the way, Rob and Fay will introduce and read poems that illuminate these complex, layered environments.

The walk will start at 1.30pm (not 2pm as stated in the print brochure), with a rendezvous at the Wyming Brook Drive bus stop on Manchester Road (click here to view on a map), approx 1000m west of Rivelin Reservoir; please arrive in good time to ensure a prompt departure (see bus information below). There is very limited parking at Wyming Brook Drive bus stop (there is ample parking at Rivelin Reservoir car park, approximately 30 minutes’ walk from Wyming Brook Drive bus stop). The walk is moderately paced with gradual ascents, and will take approximately 4 hours (including several stops along the route). We recommend that you bring food and water. There are no public toilets en route.

Rob Hindle is the author of several collections of poetry, including Some Histories of the Sheffield Flood 1864 (2006), Neurosurgery in Iraq (2008), The Purging of Spence Broughton, a Highwayman (2009) and Yoke and Arrows (2014).
Five long poems and sequences, collectively titled Flights and Traverses, appear in the Longbarrow Press anthology The Footing (2013). His latest collection is The Grail Roads (Longbarrow Press, 2018).

Fay Musselwhite lives in Sheffield. She leads workshops and walks focusing on local and working-class history, often featuring the culture and ecology of the Rivelin Valley. Her work includes collaboration with practitioners in arts media and other disciplines. Her poems have appeared in a range of publications, including the Longbarrow Press anthology The Footing (2013). Her debut collection Contraflow appeared from Longbarrow Press in 2016.

Access Information:
The walk
is not wheelchair accessible (as the route includes some rough, narrow tracks and slopes). We will be walking at a gradual pace throughout.

Travel information:
Buses: The No. 275 bus (operated by Hulleys of Baslow) departs Sheffield Interchange (stand B4) at 12.44pm and sets down at the Wyming Brook Drive bus stop on Manchester Road at 1.06pm, in time for the start of the event at 1.30pm (click here for details of other stops along the route). If you are travelling back from this stop (retracing the route), there is a return journey to Sheffield Interchange that departs Wyming Brook Drive at 6.50pm (approx). If you are returning to Sheffield city centre from Redmires Road (at the end of the event), it’s approximately 2 miles to the nearest bus stop (the Terminus on Redmires Road), from which the No. 51 bus (operated by First) departs every 20 minutes throughout the afternoon and evening.
By car: There is very limited parking at Wyming Brook Drive bus stop (there is ample parking at Rivelin Reservoir car park, approximately 30 minutes’ walk from Wyming Brook Drive bus stop). There is also ample parking in the car park at the north western corner of the upper reservoir on Redmires Road (approx 150 metres from the last ‘stop’ of the event).

If you have any queries about this event, please email Brian Lewis at longbarrowpress@gmail.com.