Steel City Wanderers

We don’t walk in the winter but we do keep busy.
Following on from the very successful shared learning walk organised by Phil last June, there is now the opportunity to participate in an Intergenerational Design project courtesy of Samina’s contacts at Sheffield University.

The partners in this project are: Third Year Architecture degree students, Sheffield University and Sheffield U3A.
The project brief is: as part of their degree course third year Architecture students are studying the Wicker area in Sheffield and are proposing a Construction Skills Centre for the University’s Architecture Department and Sheffield U3A as joint clients.
This involves mapping the area and students are encouraged to undertake Standard Urban Design as well as hidden social histories and would be a collaboration between the students and U3A members.
Dates: Workshops will be held on the 10th, 13th and 17th December on site and at Sheffield University. If you are interested and can only attend even one session your involvement will be valued. It is envisaged that the second stage would 11th and 12th February. If you are interested and unable to make any of the December dates it may still be possible for participation from February.

For more information or to register interest please contact the architecture tutor direct:

Carole Latham at


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



The Programme for Spring 2020 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