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Christmas photos of the River Sheaf Walk Posted: 07/01/2010

Ursulites stood by the beginning of the River Sheaf Walk\

Not letting the freezing temperatures get between the URSULA researchers and a chance to enjoy Sheffield's urban rivers, the  research team headed to the Sheaf Valley for a festive walk along the River Sheaf Walk.  The Sheaf, the river from which Sheffield derives its name, is one of the major tributaries of the Don in the city. Its source starts in the Pennine moors south west of the city, flowing north east until its confluence with the Don in the heart of the city. We joined the river at Millhouses Park, originally farmland dotted with water mills, but now a large urban park in residential suburbs of the city. We followed the river downstream, which runs parallel to the Midland Mainline Railway line and Abbeydale Road, passing an increasingly urbanised landscape. Indeed, the pressures on the river visibly increase, going from being bordered by trees, to a channelised river straight-jacketed in concrete, and then to disappearing totally under culverts.

For those of you who love urban rivers as much as we do, you'll be happy to know you can view photos from the walk on the URSULA website, a chance to share in the sites of the walk. To browse these pictures click here. But stay tuned to the website, as this is just the first of a double bill of photos, the next instalment coming soon.

To see past photos follow the links below:

To view the Lower Don Valley pictures click here

To view the Loxley Valley pictures - click here

‘URSULA gets her hands dirty’ special – click here

3rd set – click here

2nd set - click here

1st set - click here

As the URSULA project continues, we will add our most recent photos so keep on checking the website. If you would like to share a photo on the website please send an email to Ed Shaw.