Steel City Wanderers

Steel City Wanderers is an open group which explores the culture, geography and energy of Sheffield in the form of short, guided walks. The objective of the group is to explore areas of Sheffield and subjects not usually familiar to U3A members. These include; street art, poetry, music, industrial history and the natural and built environment.


Walks are usually in the period April – September. In the winter we have non-walk events such as original literature productions and visits that may challenge cultural preconceptions. Explorations coming up include; murder, art, vegetation, fame, families and alcohol. Walks are limited to 20 -25 people so early booking is advisable! Popular walks may be repeated.


We very much encourage members to suggest and lead walks and events fully supported by us. Email us to be added to the mailing list and be alerted to future walks and events.


For info please contact Pat Ryan,  or 07840 191720


NEW WALK: Steel City Wanderers Football Heritage Walk

June 14  – 10.30 finish around 12.30

 Book by 5pm on May 18th.   Places will be allocated by a draw

Sheffield is the most significant city in Europe in the development and history of football – arguably perhaps, but you may well be convinced by the end of this walk.

We are delighted that this walk will be led by Dr John P. Wilson. John has previously organised Heritage Open Day walks following Sheffield football’s heritage and organised a recreation of football played under the 1858 Sheffield Rules. Have a look here –


We will begin at 10.30 at Heeley Parish Church, 151 Gleadless Rd, Sheffield S2 3AE, easily accessible by bus from the city center, we recommend:

The number 54 at 9.47 arriving at 10.01.

The number 18 at 10.01 arriving at 10.17

The number 54 at 10.12 arriving at 10.30


We will then make our way towards the city centre via some of football heritage highlights including Nathaniel Creswick’s tomb (co-founder of Sheffield FC); where the first game of football was played; and Olive Grove, an early home of SWFC. In the city centre we will discuss the founding of SUFC, SWFC, Sheffield FA, and Yorkshire Cricket Club etc. We should arrive in Tudor Square about 12.30.

John will bring along some leaflets about the early days of football and he recommends, whether or not you can make it on the day, that you download the ‘Sheffield Home of Football*’ App from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store.

There is text and there is also an audio narration which gives lots of background to Sheffield’s football heritage.


As usual places will be limited and equally as usual we are sure to be over subscribed. If you are interested in participating the deadline for replies is just one week off – 5.00 pm on May 18. On that evening we will have a random “draw” and notify all who have contacted us.


Looking forward to what will be an illuminating walk on the world’s most important / richest / most played / most watched sport – and the important roles played by Sheffield, a part of our history not taught in schools.

This walk is a little longer than most of our walks at about 2.5 miles, but it’s either downhill or pretty well on the level all on pavements and paths. It will be the middle of summer so do bring along a drink and probably a raincoat!

Pat & Clare. Sheffield U3A Steel City Wanderers.


Big thankyou to John

*Martin Westby, author of ‘A History of Sheffield Football 1857 – 1889’, and John Wilson designed the Sheffield The Home of Football App.


LGBT History Month

2018 sees the first LGBT History Month, likely to take place May or early June. To celebrate this event, Steel City Wanderers would like to organise a LGBT walk where we would hear the experiences and life stories from U3A LGBT members. For this to go ahead we need members who are prepared to tell us of their experiences in life. If you would like to be one of the speakers on this short walk in Sheffield, please get in touch with Pat Ryan.

If you were unable to join a particular walk you will find the details below:


Plaques, stone, bronze and brushed – April 2018 Stained Steel. Off the Shelf Creative Writing walk 2017
Sons and Daughters – May 2017 Sheffield in Microcosm 2016
Street Art Walk 2016 Street Art Walk- the original one 2015
Poets and Poetry – 2014