FIELD TRIP SEVEN: The River Don
led by Chris Jones (Sheffield Hallam), poet and author of River Don series of poems - see http://www.chris-jones.org.uk/don_poems/don.html, also collaborator with Paul Evans - see http://www.chris-jones.org.uk/slideshow/
This is the only trip that will depart on foot from Sheffield itself to lead participants on a walk along the post-industrial waterways of Sheffield.
We will meet on Lady’s Bridge by the Wicker (S3 8GA) then follow the river downstream through the east end of Sheffield to Meadowhall Shopping Centre and the M1. As we journey along the ‘Five Weirs Walk’ we will look at how the River Don has shaped Sheffield’s various histories and also consider how it has fared in environmental terms over the past hundred years or so. Rather than having a panel as part of the trip, Chris will be introducing text, poetry and images as part of the walk to contextualise the terrain. Along the way we’ll come across Thomas Paine, George Orwell, Carol Ann Duffy, Jarvis Cocker, Donald Bailey, huge piles of tyres, steel works, fig trees, and (hopefully) herons and kingfishers.
Once we’ve arrived at Meadowhall we’ll get the tram back into town.
There will be 3-4 miles of relatively easy walking. Warm and waterproof clothing and stout walking boots are recommended.