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


Sheffield’s Radical Politics Walk. Thursday April 11th. Starting outside Boots on the Moor at 10.30.

 Full description HERE

Sheffield has a history of grassroots activism and radical politics stretching back centuries and we are really pleased to offer this walk; designed, led and narrated by Denise Annett.

Denise has a Ph.D based on researching the causes of political activism in Sheffield grassroots politics and is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker.


Sheffield has a long history of protest. This walk begins with the more recent events around campaigns in support of the miners in the 1980s and ends with the peaceful protests by the Sheffield Chartists.  The walk starts outside Boots on the Moor at 10.30 and we will gather by the stone benches near to Boots.  From here we will be walking to Barkers’ Pool, the Town Hall, Victoria Hall, Chapel Walk and ending in Paradise Square at about 12.00. The walk takes in some of the radical protests by individuals and groups who campaigned for rights at work, political rights in a democracy and individual freedoms.


As usual places are limited for what will be a walk where we can learn about those who campaigned for greater equality in society and perhaps see and discuss just how much has changed.

Does history move forward in a steady flow or with us seeing just a short segment of history, do we miss that history is a series of ebbs and flows and a constant struggle is needed for progress to be maintained?


If you’d like to join please email us on

Pat & Clare



A walk featuring buildings and commemorative blue and bronze plaques that tells of significant developments in Sheffield’s history.

May 1st. may be a public holiday throughout Europe but in Sheffield it’s the date of the Steel City Wanderers 2019 Plaques and buildings walk.

Our walk starts at 10.30 a.m. from the Old Guildhall on Waingate and finishes between 12.30 and 1 p.m. at the new Townhall. It is a distance of about 2-3 miles on pavements some of which are cobbled. Some short uphill walks with time to discuss some of the historical developments that have made Sheffield a fascinating place to live in.

From Waingate we shall make our way to Paradise Square then on towards the Cuttlers Hall and Samuel Worth’s Sheffield and Hallamshire Bank on High Street. Along Church Street before visiting the old Education offices and Orchard Square where the shipping magnate John Brown is remembered. On towards Norfolk Street via the City Hall, spotting the plaque commemorating the birth of football then up Surrey Street noting a few features near the new Town Hall including those in and around the Peace Gardens

As is always the case numbers are restricted to 20 for safety reasons so an early reply is advised. Walk leader will be Rob Wilks who has designed the walk from a number of historical sources and personal experience of Sheffield

We will restrict numbers to 20 and if you would like to come along please email us as usual on

A big thank you to Rob for designing and leading.


Pat & Clare


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


A walk tracing migration into Sheffield with David, and maybe a walk out to Attercliffe, we’ve not been there before, with Rob


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