Step back in time in Bradford Dale


In this month’s Out & About, Judith Parker Dixon takes us on a walk that takes in the source of a 19th-century tragedy.

A RURAL valley around eight miles from Sheffield, Bradfield Dale sits in the north-eastern corner of the Peak District National Park. The dale is around three miles in length and holds two reservoirs – Strines and Dale Dyke. Two other reservoirs, Agden and Damflask, lie in the surrounding area. This circular route begins by tracing the first part of the path of the Great Sheffield Flood. When Dale Dyke dam burst its banks on March 11, 1864, a violent deluge of water crashed down the valley, claiming several hundred lives…