Max’s Mum's Kelham Island Trail
Take your kids on a walking tour and spot the wonderful pieces of art nestled amongst Sheffield’s finest industrial heritage. Whatever the weather, take a stroll, grab some treats along the route and enjoy the Steel City.
Bullion Chocolate, Award Winning ‘Bean to Bar’ chocolate producers based in Sheffield, are having a ‘Pop Up Shop’ in Cutlery Works foyer, Neepsend Lane, 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday 20th/21stJune.
Allow approx 2 hours to complete the walk. You will reach the chocolate factory in approx 1 hour.
There are numerous roads around Kelham where parking is available. Lots of spaces for Blue Badge holders on side roads but dropped kerbs are often absent. Website for local car parks is www.parkopeadia.co.uk
Access Information: The route is extremely flat terrain due to its close proximity to the River Don, so there are no steep hills. As the area was hugely industrial it has got a few problems with missing dropped kerbs. If you can cope with one small step then you will cope fine! Due to Covid, toilet provision is a problem but there is a toilet which is not accessible at 92 Burton Road complex.
As you pass the various buildings and features, look out for the street art along the way. Take some selfies and photos!
-The walk starts at Riverside Kelham, No.1 Mowbray St, S3 8EN.
-Walk along the pavement crossing over the River Don and turn immediately right by the Millstone Sculpture, entering Upper Don Walk. Millstones were used in the manufacture of stainless steel cutlery, in mills powered by the kinetic energy of the River Don.
-As you walk along the riverside, glance over at the famous Phlegm artwork. Phlegm is a world known cartoonist and illustrator.
-Follow the path as it turns to the left and enters Kelham Square. This nice open space has tiered seating available. Here you will pass the Craft and Dough restaurant.
-The Chimney House events venue and the Kelham Island Industrial Museum are straight ahead. Take a look at one of the few remaining iconic Bessemer Converters in the world which helped the steelmaking process, situated at the entrance. The museum is also home to the Millowners Arms and the Island Cafe Bar.
-In front of the Craft and Dough restaurant is The Wild Nectory which helps the bees of Kelham. Nestled amongst the wild flowers is the 6 foot tall stone ‘Scissor Sculpture’. Made by Robin Loxley, known as the Sheffield ‘Banksy’ he dedicated this to the makers of Sheffield famous around the world.
-The Kelham Island Brewery Artwork commands the wall opposite on Alma Street.
-As you meet the road, Alma St, on the left is the Kelham Island Brewery Shop and The Tap House but follow the road to the right passing the Kelham Island Brewery. Take a peek into the car park and you will see a piece of wall art ‘Stop Telling Us What To Do!’
-Pass The Fat Cat pub and check out the flood levels painted on the wall. Call and get a takeaway beer 2pm-6pm Saturday.
- Immediately after the pub is Little Kelham Street. Domo Sardinian restaurant is tucked away in this residential complex and serves delicious food via Deliveroo.
-Back on Alma street as the route turns onto Green Lane, Russell Street is home to Kelham Island Tavern. This well known pub is open Saturday serving takeaway ale 2-5pm.
-Continue up Green Lane passing The Grind Cafe on the left, with a painted exchange/utility box.
-A ‘Wall of Art’ is displayed on the right. Look out for the ‘Sunset Over Kelham’
-Bar Kelham is on the left along with a new apartment block with some very dazzling brickwork!
-As you pass Green Lane Works check out the wonderful Clock Tower, next to Stew and Oyster bar. The bar has a great outside seating area.
-As you walk past Alfred Becketts & Son’s you see the famous Milestone Restaurant ahead. Originally a Victorian steelworkers’ drinking den, one of the first restaurants in the area, it remains a firm favourite! At this point turn right on to Ball Street. Just before you cross Ball Street Bridge, a short riverside path is on the right which has nice views of the ‘Island’.....Kelham Island. It is an island in that there is an area in the centre which is sandwiched between the River Don on one side and the Mill Run on the other, a dyke built to harness the power of the river for the factories in the area.
-Cross over the bridge and you will see ‘Flowers Under The Arches’ artwork on the right. There is a great view of the wier from the bridge. Take a moment to listen to the flowing water, birds and ducks.
-3 utility/exchange boxes stand opposite the Kelham Island Kitchen and Bar and The Graffiti Wine Bar Check out the great art. The Kelham Island Arts and Cultural Heritage Trail are always adding to this great project. Each box is a reminder of the quarters origins.
-Next to the two restaurants alongside the river, you will see the Upper Don Walk archway. Take this riverside path which leads to a small garden overlooking the Cutlery Works.......You are moments from CHOCOLATE!!!
-As you leave the Upper Don Walk, turn left on Neepsend Lane. At the junction of the traffic lights you will see ‘Church’ Temple of Fun, in the Samual Osbourne and Co old Steel Makers building on your left. Cross with care (No dropped curbs!!) and continue on Neepsend Lane where you will see the ‘Bullion Pop Up Shop’ in the Cutlery Works foyer. Chocolate, Caravan Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Our Cow Molly Ice Cream served with a Bullion Chocolate Shard, not forgetting the famous Baked Goods!!!! Meet Max the Founder and chat all things ‘Bean to Bar’!(social distancing!)
-When you leave Bullion you will pass the Art box next to the Gardners Rest pub. Call in for a takeaway beer Saturday 2pm-6pm and Sunday 12-3pm.
-As the road curves to the left you will see the kelham Flea on the right. Check out this quirky market, buy a Fathers Day gift and then it’s time to turn around. Check out the Little Boy painted on a stone near the entrance......Can you find him?
-Head back down Neepsend Lane to the traffic lights, passing well known The House Skatepark
-Go straight across the traffic lights and head down Burton Road. You will immediately see The Parrot Club, a new Rum Bar, next to the brilliant ‘Hobnobs’ art by Pete Mckee.......Time for a Photo!!
-Next door is 92 Burton Road, the complex that is home to many great businesses...... The home of the much loved Peddlers Night Market. The Sheffield Cheesemaster, owned by the lovely Sophie is open Saturday and Sunday. She has cheese hampers for Father’s Day, along with other Sheffield products and freshly squeezed orange juice! Depot Bakery is open both days 9am-3pm selling takeaway sourdough bread, fresh pastries and sandwiches etc. Nether Edge Pizza Company is serving takeaway pizzas 4-9pm on Saturday. The smells of various local food suppliers preparing delicious food available on the Deliveroo App wafts around the air!
-Toilets are available as you enter the complex behind Kelham Arcade.(Not accessible)
- Leaving 92 Burton Road, turn left and walk past The Blind Mole, antiques and industrial interiors shop. On the corner with Percy Street you will see The Sheffield Brewery Company which is serving takeaway beer, ‘Great Beer For Great people’.
-A few yards down Burton Street a row of businesses are on the left. Full Stop Cafe, Hicks Fish and Chips, Wendy’s Cafe, Gaard Coffee shop and The Famous Yellow arch studios. The voices of The Arctic Monkeys, Richard Hawley and many more have been heard performing at this special place! Next to Gaard is an Uber car park and a couple of great works of art are on display here. Behind Gaard is Harvest Lane where Bar Pina is located.
- The route takes you back onto Ball Street, opposite Full Stop Cafe. On the left you will see Mowbray Street where The Works Cafe, The Mowbray events venue and The Foundry is situated. At this point you can A. Retrace your steps going over Ball Street Bridge or B. head down Mowbray Street back to Riverside Kelham........where your adventure began!!
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