Peak District (Pictured) About 15 miles from the the downtown
Sheffield Bus Interchange. Downtown is a tram ride or a longish
walk from the conference. The heather will not be in full bloom
until August, but the walks are still beautiful. Use First
Traveller bus 272 and get off at one or another of various points
as you travel towards Castleton. The small town of Hathersage, associated
with Jane Eyre, is along the way. You can continue on to Castleton
and visit the cave where Jonson's Gypsies Metamorphosed is
set. Various caves and mines are open to the public. There are a
number of guides to the area, in particular William D. Parke's Derbyshire
Walks with Children. Parke gives accurate ratings of the difficulty
and duration of the walks and explains how to find trail heads.
Walk 15 (Longshaw Estate and Hathersage Moor) begins near the Fox
House Inn on the 272 bus route. If there is interest, the conference
can provide directions for Walk 15 .
Gardens An easy walk from the conference. This 19th century
garden includes a bear pit that is a relic of a bygone age.
Woods There are many ways to get to these woods. One is to ride
the 97 or the 98 bus from downtown (City Hall) to Dore Road (about
20 minutes). Find an almost hidden entry to the wood across the
street. Look for a small public footpath sign. This wood runs for
miles and some of the bluebells may still be in bloom. Includes
riding trails and a bird sanctuary. The 97 and 98 each run every
15 minutes until early evening and less frequently thereafter until
quite late. For details check with First
House About an hour's ride from the Sheffield Bus Interchange,
downtown. Much of the Keira Knigtley version of Pride and Prejudice
was filmed here. There is also a large and elaborate playground
for larger and smaller children, a farm to visit, and a maze. Take
the 215 bus from the Sheffield Interchange using First
Millennium Galleries Downtown, a tram ride or a longish
walk from the conference. Includes the Ruskin and Metalwork galleries.
Although small, the Ruskin gallery contains a good many pieces of
sculpture and various paintings related to Ruskin and his interest
in Sheffield. The Metalwork gallery displays concentrate on various
sorts of tableware. Do not miss the main Sheffield Art Gallery nearby
in the same building as the Public Library. There are some nice
early twentieth-century pieces.
Castle This, of course, is a home used by Margaret Cavendish
after the Restoration. It has beautiful recently restored wall and
ceiling paintings. It was the location of an entertainment written
by Ben Jonson and performed in the 1630s. If there is enough interest,
the conference will arrange for a coach to take participants to
Bolsover on the afternoon of 1 July 2007. About an hour from Sheffield
by car or bus.