You can of course shoot over the top from Joggers Junction to Vegetarian Alley via Junction Rd, Kingfield Rd, Machon Bank Rd and Sheldon Rd – the standard driving route – and the council has thoughtfully provided ASL’s at the junction with Psalter Lane to help you out, but there are still a few pinch points on the way. This route through pleasant residential streets, which follows in part the route of Sheffield’s Round Walk, is a bit less stressful.
From Hunters Bar you can join up with the Peak District anniversary route to Hathersage (but please cycle with care through the Park and dismount in the busy sections past the cafe and the lakes, otherwise you could jeopardize our prospects for an official route through the park)
From Meersbrook Garage you can join up with the City Centre to Meadowhead route.
From Ecclesall Rd, turn right onto Neill Rd (cycle contra-flow) , then r. on Hickmott Rd to reach Sharrow Vale Rd. turn left and go up Sharrow Vale Rd as far as Bagshot St – turn right and up the hill. At Psalter Lane turn left and immediately right with care onto Cherry Tree Rd. which becomes Union Rd, go straight across Osborne Rd and up the hill a bit until you reach Oakdale Rd. Turn left and continue to bottom, l. on Oakhill Rd, r Byron Rd, l. Nether Edge Rd, (10 yds) through the bike gate, r.Sandford Grove Rd, l. Gatefield Rd and and down to Abbeydale Rd. There are two bike shops in this area – Butterworths on Abbeydale Rd, opposite the Broadfield, and the new Edinburgh Bike Co-op store on Broadfield Rd.
There is a new route across the former Tyzack’s site, and in fact this area has become highly permeable for cyclists, to the extent that it’s not really necessary to specify a route. One suggestion is to turn left on Abbeydale Rd, and go through the Broadfield Rd lights, turning right onto Bedale Rd and following through onto Broadfield Way, then l. Little London Rd, l. on Chesterfield Rd, (very busy -take care) first right onto Valley Rd, l. on Rushdale Rd. You will see Meersbrook Garage on the left at the end.
Note however that you can use the “toucan” crossings at the Broadfield Rd/Way junction, and take the old “Seb Coe” route through the site (ignore the stupid “Cyclists dismount” signs half-way along, but do watch out for those who drive to the gym so they can use an exercise bike.) There are also new off-road routes along Broadfield Rd and running next to the railway to connect Little London Rd and Saxon Rd. Turn right along Little London Rd for the Archer Rd cycle route.
Nether Edge to Banner Cross,
From Union Rd you can get to Banner Cross via Chelsea Rd. We suggest using Baldwin’s car park – not a public right of way but we have not heard of any objections from them. Be careful when emerging onto Psalter Lane and at the junction with Ecclesall Rd South.