Friends of the Porter Valley

Porter Valley

Background

The Friends of the Porter Valley are a conservation group concerned mainly with the area of parks, woodlands, and farmland of the valley which is in the south-west of Sheffield. (South Yorkshire, UK). The group was set up in July 1994 and became a registered charity in 1995 (Reg Number 1069865). Our purpose is to preserve and enhance the natural and historical characteristics of the Porter Valley, between Hunters Bar and Porter Clough.

We liaise with Sheffield City Council about the management of the public areas of the valley and are working with them towards a funding bid to restore the dams.

We have groups of volunteers interested in the archaeology and ecology of the valley and have produced substantial reports which are available in our online shop.

We hold four Open Meetings each year with guest speakers, and organize educational walks once a month. These cover a wide range of subjects relevant to the Valley including Bats, Birds, Wild Flowers, Fungi, Geology, Butterflies, Moths, Local History, and the archaeology of the designed landscape e.g. The history of water power etc.

The Porter Brook

The Porter Brook rises on the high moors to the west of Sheffield. It descends 1,000 feet, gathering tributary streams en-route, until it joins the River Sheaf near Sheffield’s railway station after a journey of 5.8 miles. The first 3.7 miles of that journey trace a wooded, rural valley largely unspoiled and with extensive parklands, footpaths and cycle tracks.

The Porter Valley offers a unique corridor of beauty and tranquillity which extends from the now regenerated and thriving heart of Sheffield, to the high moorlands of the Derbyshire Peak District, the UK’s first National Park.

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