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A route to prehistory at Firth Park & Wincobank Hill

Industrialist Mark Firth gave Firth Park to the city in 1875, and it’s still enjoyed by residents and visitors over 140 years later.

The two routes begin beside the car park and follow the stream, before climbing steps to the open parkland and passing by the outdoor gym equipment. At Firth Park Road, the 2km green route continues around the edge of the park.

The 5km blue route crosses the road and heads up Wincobank Hill Fort, thought to have been the territory of the iron age Brigantes tribe. It’s a steep climb to the top. If you can manage it, it’s worth it for the view out over the Lower Don Valley. The route back will take you through woodland and heathland.

Take a breather at Henry’s Cafe back at the start point.

Photo by Gemma Thorpe.

Photo by Gemma Thorpe.

Photo by Gemma Thorpe.

14.04.2017

Information

Start: Hucklow Road, S5 6TF.
Distance: 1.7km / 4.2km.
Difficulty: Easy / medium.
Terrain: Mostly tarmac on the shorter route, varied terrain with unsurfaced tracks on the longer route.
Route map: GPX export / download as PDF.

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