Walk for Women’s Day

7 March 2019

Celebrations for International Women’s Day are taking all kinds of shape in Sheffield.

Women from Sheffield braved the cold and rainy weather on a walk between Manor Lodge and Sheffield Cathedral, learning all about the history of the city on the way.

Clare Kelly runs courses for Navigation for Women and led today’s walk.

She said the route for the walk was inspired by the new Mary Queen of Scots movie.

Clare said: “Its renewed an interest in all things Tudor, and not many people realise that she was kept in Sheffield for 14 years.”

The Queen’s time in Sheffield was split between the castle and Manor Lodge, where the walk started.

Claire Kelly

Kelly wanted to run something special for International Women’s Day, and decided that it should be accessible.

She said: “I just wanted to do something for International Women’s Day that would enable me to do something for free.”

Despite the walk itself being free, donations to local mental health charity Sheffield Mind were encouraged at the end.

Clare added: “The links between mental health and being outdoors made it the perfect fit!”

Clare is interested in setting up a company running walking holidays for women and joked that running this walk was good practice.

Navigation for women describe themselves as: “specialising in courses for complete beginners and for women who want to brush up on their skills.”

If you’re interested in joining one of their future events they are running basic map and compass courses and half day walks in Hathersage on Friday and Saturday.

There will also be 2 half-day walks from Fox House on Sunday.

Written by Jennifer Thompson

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