Sheffield FridayNightRide

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Next Sheffield FridayNightRide
9 September 2016
Return to Wentworth
Start 6.30pm Sheffield Tap

Amazing to think that it’s four years since Matt Turner and myself took the gang up to Wentworth.

Meet: 6 at the Sheffield Tap (for 6:30 PROMPT start)

Time to pump up those tyres and lace up your favourite cycling shoes (unless they’re slip-ons.)

Myself and Lord Fitz-Attwood of Nether Haugh took a recce ride last Thursday and we think we’ve got a pretty good route sorted out. That being so, the recce ride on Wednesday is cancelled, so enjoy midsummer’s eve!

Also, having taken soundings from fellow FNR’s we’ve decided not to have a pub stop en route. This is a slightly longer ride than normal = about 40kms (25 miles) so we think you’ll need to save your energy for the ride home. Having said that there is more flatness on this ride than most FNR’s so everyone should be able to do it – if you do start to flag on the way home you can always catch a train at Rotherham or Meadowhall and still join us for drinks at the Sheffield Tap afterwards – how’s that for planning? Wentworth does have a couple of great pubs which we recommend you visit sometime – just not this day. The baker’s is fab as well if you visit during the daytime.

As well as the house itself we will pass close by a converted windmill – Wentworth’s a bit of a Heage – and ride through an interesting social housing estate in Upper Haugh – pity Mick won’t be with us as he would be wetting himself with joy! Then we’ll descend through Rawmarsh and join the canal towpath for the run into Sheffield.


Bring lights and water – it could still be hot even into the evening. Surfaces are generally good but we do use some unmade tracks so ensure that your tyres are in good shape and well pumped up. Skinny-tyred road bikes would not be ideal.

Ride is led by Simon, a Cycling UK certificated Group Leader.

Get ready to enjoy yourselves!


Next Sheffield FridayNightRide
9 September 2016
Zeppelin over Sheffield
Start 6.30pm Sheffield Tap

Theme Sheffield’s first air raid was in Sep 1916 when a single Zeppelin flew over on the night of 25/26 Sep. The crew dropped its whole complement of 36 bombs, which killed 29 people (all from Pitsmoor), injured another 19, and destroyed or damaged nigh on 90 buildings. The first bomb dropped in Burngreave Cemetery nr the Melrose Rd entrance and the subsequent bombs dropped along the path of the flight from Pitsmoor across Attercliffe with the last bombs falling in Darnall. I’ve pieced together 22 bomb sites in the sequence they fell. The ride route will be finally determined later on and the map of the bomb sites with the route (below)

This ride is part of events for Heritage Open Days and is directly linked to a display organised by the Friends of Burngreave Chapel about the Zeppelin Raid and WWI.
The display will be one of the Heritage Open Days events and will be in the chapel in Burngreave Cemetery on Thu 8 to Sun 11 September 11-3.
Yours truly will be leading a guided walking tour of the cemetery Sunday 11 September at 1pm and the tour will include visiting the graves we can find of 19 of the 25 of the victims of the Zeppelin Raid.
(Three victims were buried in Abbey Lane and one victim was buried in City Rd and the rest in Burngreave are no longer marked)


Heads Up: !Lights! Locks! spare inner tube, tough tyres, dress appropriately some paths and soft ground but nothing too off-roady