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ASLE UKI / LAND2 CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 2017 - Field Trips on 7th September DSYF-FAC-0016




FIELD TRIP ONE: Sheffield Edgelands and Moss Valley

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Detailed Description

FIELD TRIP ONE: Sheffield Edgelands and Moss Valley
led by Andrew Jeffrey, poet whose fieldwork is based in this area
The Moss Valley is located on the border between North East Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, just to the south east of Sheffield. This is a working agricultural valley with both livestock and arable farming. It is rich in wildlife habitat, some of which has been designated as nature reserves. The valley has ancient woodlands, meadows, hedgerows, ponds and marshland, together with many tributory streams flowing into the Moss.  The Moss Brook and its ponds once powered eight water wheels when it was an important centre for the grinding of scythes and sickles. It is also an area where drift mining for coal took place and is now an area being investigated as a potential area for fracking.
            We’ll take an antique bus provided by The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Museum from Sheffield centre out to Moss Valley. On the way out to the edge of Sheffield our route will take us past various parts of Sheffield including Heeley City Farm, The South Yorkshire Energy Centre and the hilly Le Corbusier inspired Gleadless Valley Estate.
The bus will drop us at Eckington where we will pick up the Moss Valley and follow it toward Ford. We’ll be joined by Oliver Blensdorf, the recorder for the Moss Valley Wildlife Group who will fill us in about the area’s natural history. Keep a look out for the Seldom Seen Engine House and Never Fear Dam. When we reach Troway Hall we will visit the MediBee hives to sample some of their varieties of honey. Our walk will end at the Pub at Ford.
There will be 3-4 miles of relatively easy walking. Warm and waterproof clothing and stout walking boots are recommended.