(with onward connection to Derby)
This route is part of my suggested “Sheffield to Derby” route, and helps you get out of town on quieter roads. N.B. There is plenty of climbing on this route.
From Sheffield Station cross Sheaf St and, following the City Centre/Peak District signs, head up Howard St. Turn left onto Arundel St, by the Globe – “It’s a scream”, honest- signposted “Heeley area”. Carry on down, crossing Furnival St with care, and turn left onto Matilda St. There’s a dinky little bike gate down here, and then some cycle lights which invite you to turn right onto Shoreham St. Having done so, cross the Ring Road and continue straight for a mile or so, with Sheffield United football ground on your right.
As you approach the traffic lights at the junction with Bramall Lane, there’s a cycle right turn lane which takes you up on to some red pavement. Cross at the toucan crossing, careful of the bollards, and follow the cycle lane past James’s cycle shop, and onto Asline Rd. At the bottom, turn right using the Toucan crossing. Up Glover Rd – turn left for Saxon Rd.
There are two route options from here, either staying on quiet suburban roads or climbing up through Meersbrook Park:-
(i) Under the bridge to cross Chesterfield Rd, and ascend Albert Rd, r. to Meersbrook Rd, r. to Carfield Ave, through the bus gate, left on Lees Hall Rd (nice switchback) r. to Mount View Rd, left on Warminster Rd to the top, left then first r. to Bunting Nook, emerging onto Norton Lane which is a bit busy.
(ii) Carry on on the cycle track between the railway and Virgin Gym, then turn left on Little London Road, then right on the cycle track taking you through to Heeley Retail Park. Go straight across at the exit from HRP to Beeton Road at the top of which there is a gate into the park- carry straight on up the (steep) hill. Veer left at the top and come out past Bishops House. A little left then right to Thorpe House Rise, then left fork to Thorpe House Road, right on Lees Hall Road and you’ve rejoined route (i).
Turn r. to Norton Park Rd, (cycle route signposted) follow through to Meadowhead. Here, turn r. and then left to Greenfield Rd to Greenhill Main Rd through a road closure . Follow this through to Hemper Lane, Greenhill Parkway/Bradway Rd, l. Rod Moor Rd, (it gets a bit busy along here) following signs to Holmesfield, Here, you can turn left just after the brow of the hill, go down through Horsleygate (don’t blink or you’ll miss it) and wind your way up through Unthank to join the Derby route at Pudding Pie Hill, or just carry on through and you will come up to Owler Bar.