The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is part of the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Waverley, near the Sheffield Parkway and Junction 33 of the M1 at Waverley. This doesn’t sound a very cycle-friendly location but it is actually quite simple to get to from Sheffield University and Meadowhall. The route from Meadowhall is fairly level and you can pick up a Bike & Go bike from the Interchange.
From Sheffield University
From the University Concourse, head between the Octagon and University House down to Glossop Rd. Turn left and prepare to take the right turn fillet into Brunswick St. At Broomspring Lane turn left onto NCN6, the Peak Park Anniversary Route and follow this across the Ring Road, through Devonshire Green and along Division St, past the City and Town Halls and down to the railway station. On the city side of Sheaf St turn left and follow along to Park Square. You have to cross two junctions and double back to get to Victoria Quays where you will see the route to Rother Valley Country Park signposted. This runs close by the Parkway and you join the off-road route at Manor Way. Follow this through until you reach the junction with the Mosborough Parkway, take the first bridge across on the left and continue to the Asda Supermarket at Handsworth. Follow the cycle routes signs to get to Waverley Cottages and continue down the well-surfaced route to Waverley.
At the time of writing the direct route to the AMRC is not complete, and turns into a rough path only suitable for mountain bikers. The tarmac route continues to the Waverley township (once known as Orgreave) – you can turn left along Highfield Spring and you will see the AMP ahead of you.
From Meadowhall Interchange
Leave the Interchange by the exit point at the north end of Platform 2. You will pass the Bike & Go station to your right – follow the bike track until just before the first bridge, then turn left and follow it round under the bridge and to the left. The NCN67 crosses Meadowhall Way and joins up with NCN6 a little further west, but you may prefer to join Meadowhall Way in the South-Easterly direction, towards the City Centre and after about 200 yards cross the bridge over the River Don, turning right to join NCN6/67 there. Follow the route to Carbrook St (section temporarily closed for 16 weeks from September 2015 – diversion posted) and then follow NCN67 rather than NCN6 signs, veering left and passing through Centretainment. Having crossed Broughton Lane, turn left and cross the tramway and canal, turn left and negotiate the subway under Broughton Lane – it may look unsavoury but soon improves. At the top of this section of Tinsley Park Rd, use the Toucan crossings and head up Europa Way. This section of cycle track has been attacked by tree roots in places so if you prefer to use the road do so.
Follow it round the former airport site, also now owned in part by the University, until you get to the Parkway junction. Negotiate the crossing with care, head up Poplar Way and the AMRC is on your right.