Students from University of Sheffield spotted a fire at Whirlow Hall Farm while taking part in the Spiderwalk night hike last night.
The 13-mile walk, organised by Sheffield Raising and Giving (RAG), this year changed its route to include a halfway stop at Whirlow Hall Farm with live music, beer and a barbecue.
Students on the walk yesterday evening noticed hay bales had been set on fire and alerted those in charge.
Whirlow Hall Farm tweeted: “These bales should have fed our cattle and sheep for 2 months over winter. Someone knows who did it. About 8pm yesterday. Let us know.”
They then thanked the students who spotted the fire, tweeting: “The fire was spotted by the fantastic Sheffield Uni students who called in to Whirlow on their Spider Walk. Thanks guys – you were great!”
The change in location for Spiderwalk was due to the sale of the Three Merry Lads pub by its owners, who worked closely with RAG for many years since the walk moved from its original Peak District route.
A portion of the money raised will go to Whirlow Hall Farm, to support their work with disadvantaged schools and young people at risk of exclusion. Students will be able to vote for which other two organisations will receive funding.