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A lap of park and lake: the Ponderosa & Crookes Valley

Photo by Gemma Thorpe.

In the 1960s, the Upperthorpe tower blocks replaced the old back-to-back Port Mahon estate. The Ponderosa soon followed, named by local children after the ranch in TV western series Bonanza.

First try the 1km green route, starting and finishing at the park’s outdoor gym area. With practice, build up from one lap to two, before continuing into Crookes Valley Park and taking on the full 3km blue route. The 1km route follows a figure of 8 on a generally hard surface, with some slight incline.

When following the 3km route, take care crossing Crookes Valley Road and watch out for mud on the unsurfaced part of the track through the park. Enjoy spotting people fishing on what once was the Old Great Dam.

Illustration by Glenn at Eleven.

Photo by Gemma Thorpe.

Illustration by Glenn at Eleven.

Photo by Gemma Thorpe.



Start: Outdoor gym at Ponderosa, S6 3DS.
Distance: 1km / 3km.
Difficulty: Easy / medium.
Terrain: Hard surfaces on the shorter route, muddy sections on longer route.
Route map: GPX export / download as PDF.

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