Christmas Eve walk to explore area's transport history

AN annual festive ramble will be held on Christmas Eve which will explore the area’s transport history and future.

Stephen Gay, in association with the Great Central Railway Society, will hold his 18th pre-Christmas ramble which this year is from Rotherham to Sheffield.

Participants are asked to meet at Rotherham Central railway station at 9.45am on December 24 for a 10am departure.

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The six-mile ramble will follow the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation Canal towpath walk.

There will be a lunch break at Meadowhall from noon until 1.30pm and this will be followed by a ramble in the afternoon including Tinsley Marina, the Worksop Road aqueduct, Midland Railway Bridge and Wicker Viaduct before terminating at 4.15pm at Sheffield railway station.

The afternoon trek will include a sherry stop.

Organiser Mr Gay said: “Over the years this now annual event has built up quite a following of regulars and I fully expect around 30-35 people to be present, not forgetting a few regular dogs.

“Extra interest in this year’s walk will be the tram-train work taking place in the Rotherham area, the electrification masts are starting to be erected in the Holmes area and underneath Centenary Way.”

The event is free to take part in and people do not have to book.