Steel City Wanderers

Steel City Wanderers is an open group which explores the culture, geography and energy of Sheffield in the form of short, guided walks. The objective of the group is to explore areas of Sheffield and subjects not usually familiar to U3A members. These include; street art, poetry, music, industrial history and the natural and built environment.


Walks are usually in the period April – September. In the winter we have non-walk events such as original literature productions and visits that may challenge cultural preconceptions. Explorations coming up include; murder, art, vegetation, fame, families and alcohol. Walks are limited to 20 -25 people so early booking is advisable! Popular walks may be repeated.


We very much encourage members to suggest and lead walks and events fully supported by us. Email us to be added to the mailing list and be alerted to future walks and events.


For info please contact Pat Ryan,  or 07840 191720

Steel City Wanderers.


A Migration History Walk            Sunday July 14th. 2.30pm


A walk which traces migration into Sheffield and the now cosmopolitan nature of our city.


This walk will be led by David Price on Sunday 14 July starting at 2.30 pm from Paradise Square. The walk is about 1.5 miles in length, all on good surfaces, and finishes at Ellesmere Green, Burngreave, at about 4.30 pm.  Regular buses from Ellesmere Green will take you back to the City Centre.


Our walk leader is David Price, a former Civil Servant and U3A member, who has written two books about Sheffield history – Sheffield Troublemakers – Rebels and Radicals in Sheffield History (2008) and Welcome to Sheffield – A Migration History (2018). This walk is based on the latter book. The group will walk to places in or near the City Centre which are linked with immigration and this walk will show how Sheffield has become such a cosmopolitan city.


We will restrict numbers to 25 and if you would like to come along please email us as usual on


If we are oversubscribed, we will hold a random draw in a weeks’ time.


We just need the sun to shine on us.


The Programme for Spring 2019 is still pretty fluid but we are working on:


An expanded slice of Sheffield history walk where each of the walkers help to narrate a history of Sheffield in 20 buildings. For which we will be asking for volunteers to research and read.


A repeat of the very popular 2016 Poets and Poetry walk using poetry set in Sheffield from Betjeman to Zephaniah.


If we can sufficiently stir the collective imagination of Sheffield U3A members we will also have a poetry walk of our members compositions , we know there are enough poets in our midst but will you read for us?


Still looking for contributors to construct a Sheffield LGBT walk – if you can help……………..

We are always looking for volunteers to design and lead a walk, and would love to hear from you.

A big thank you to our supporters & regular walkers – grand to see you every time.




If you were unable to join a particular walk you will find the details below:


Street Art revised route February 2019
Experiencing the Architecture of Flockton: Weston Park to the City Centre”,  September 2018   Sheffield’s Football Heritage June 2018
Plaques, stone, bronze and brushed – April 2018 Stained Steel. Off the Shelf Creative Writing walk 2017
Sons and Daughters – May 2017 Sheffield in Microcosm 2016
Street Art Walk 2016 Street Art Walk- the original one 2015
Poets and Poetry – 2014