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Route from the Ranmoor Student Village to the Students' Union

Ranmoor Student Village, Shore Lane, Sheffield, S10 3AQ

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Introduction

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    • This route is from The Ridge, in the centre of the Ranmoor Student Village, to the Students' Union - University House, along Fulwood Road and Western Bank.
    • The route is approximately 1.3 miles (2,000 metres).

The Ridge Piazza

  • On leaving The Ridge main entrance, cross diagonally to the left to reach the steps, or turn sharp left for the ramp.
  • The Piazza is level with a block paving surface.

Steps from the Piazza

  • There are 7 medium steps with handrails both sides leading up to the village service road.
  • There is tactile paving at the bottom and top of these steps.

Ramp from the Piazza

  • To avoid the steps, take the ramp around the side of The Ridge, which has a block paving surface, and a moderate slope up and a moderate slope down to the left.
  • At the top of this ramp, turn right onto the village service road.
  • Turn right again and follow the road up to the top of the steps. The road has a tarmac surface.

Village Service Road

  • Continue along the service road away from the Ridge to the far side of the Village.
  • It is tarmac with a moderate slope down then up.

Path to Fulwood Road

  • At the end of the service road, between Ramshaw and Wimberry blocks, take the rough concrete path straight ahead with a moderate slope down.
  • At the end of this path, turn right and take the cobblestone path down to Fulwood Road.
  • This path has a moderate to steep slope, and is 120 cm wide.

Fulwood Road

  • On reaching Fulwood Road, turn left and follow the path.
  • The path here is tarmac, with a moderate slope up.

Cross Shore Lane

  • The crossing has dropped kerbs with tactile paving both sides.
  • The road has a tarmac surface with a moderate slope down to the right as you cross.

Continuing along Fulwood Road to Manchester Road

  • After crossing Shore Lane, continue along Fulwood Road. The path here is tarmac with a moderate slope up then down.
  • The path is uneven and crosses the entrances to many driveways. Some driveways have shallow kerbs either side, and one driveway has a cobbled surface. Another driveway has tactile paving either side.
  • This stretch of pathway crosses several other areas of tactile paving, as it passes two bus stops and a crossing for Fulwood Road.
  • The path is also 117 cm wide in places.

Cross Manchester Road

  • When this stretch of path comes to an end, turn left, up a moderate slope, to cross Manchester Road.
  • There is a pelican crossing here, with buttons 104 and 110 cm high, and dropped kerbs with tactile paving both sides.
  • The road is tarmac with an easy slope up then down, plus a moderate slope down to the right as you cross.

Continuing Along Fulwood Road to Taptonville Road

  • After Manchester Road, turn right and continue along Fulwood Road. The path has a tarmac surface with a moderate slope down and is uneven.
  • Cross Lawson Road, which has dropped kerbs with tactile paving both sides.
  • The road has a brick block paving surface, with a moderate slope down and to the right as you cross.
  • After Lawson Road, the path continues with a tarmac surface and a moderate slope down.
  • There is an area of tactile paving as the path passes a bus stop.

Cross Taptonville Road

  • The crossing here has dropped kerbs with tactile paving both sides and on the traffic island.
  • The road has a brick block paving surface with a moderate slope down and to the right as you cross.

Continuing along Fulwood Road to Crookes Road

  • Past Taptonville Road, the path has an uneven tarmac surface and an easy slope down.
  • The path then passes a parade of shops, and the surface becomes block paving, with a moderate slope up before levelling out in front of the shops.
  • Past the shops, there is a patch of tarmac, then the path becomes brick block paving just before Crockes Road.

Cross Crockes Road

  • The crossing has dropped kerbs with tactile paving all sides.
  • There is also a traffic island in the middle of this crossing, which is at the same level as the road, with tactile paving.
  • The road has a tarmac surface with an easy slope up then down, and a moderate slope to the right as you cross.

Whitham Road

  • After crossing Crockes Road, turn right and follow Whitham Road. The path is tarmac, becoming a mix of tarmac and block paving further on. The path is uneven and has a moderate slope down. There is also an area of tactile paving as you pass a bus stop.
  • Cross Turners Lane, which has dropped kerbs with tactile paving on both sides.
  • The road has a tarmac surface with an easy slope up then down.
  • The path continues with an uneven tarmac surface with a moderate slope down. There is an area of tactile paving as it passes a crossing for Whitham Road.
  • Cross Parker's Road which has dropped kerbs with tactile paving on both sides then Parker's Lane, which does not offer tactile paving, crossing tarmac roads with moderate slopes down.
  • There is a stretch of tarmac paving with a moderate slope down between these roads.
  • After Parker's Lane, the tarmac path continues with a moderate slope down. It passes an area of tactile paving by a crossing for Whitham Road.

Cross Moor Oaks Road

  • There are dropped kerbs without tactile paving both sides.
  • The road has an uneven tarmac surface with a moderate slope down and to the left as you cross.

Continuing along Whitham Road to Northumberland Road

  • Past Moor Oaks Road, follow the tarmac path down the moderate to steep slope, past the University sports fields and the Western Park Hospital.
  • The path crosses areas of tactile paving as it passes two bus stops and a crossing for Whitham Road.
  • The trees on the path here make it only 80 cm wide in places.
  • Just past the second bus stop, there is a building site cabin on the left to navigate round, the path then crosses a staffed entrance to a building site. This has dropped kerbs without tactile paving both sides, although there is still a shallow kerb both sides to overcome.
  • The entrance to the building site has a tarmac surface with a moderate slope down and an easy slope to the right as you cross.
  • Past the building site, the path has a tarmac surface and a moderate slope down to Northumberland Road.

Cross Northumberland Road

  • There are dropped kerbs with tactile paving both sides.
  • The road has a tarmac surface with an easy slope up and a moderate slope down to the left.

Western Bank, past Weston Park and Firth Court

  • Past Northumberland Road, the path starts with a tarmac surface and a moderate slope down.
  • It crosses an area of tactile paving as it passes a crossing for Western Bank. Just past this, the path becomes block paving to Mushroom Lane.
  • Cross Mushroom Lane, which has dropped kerbs with tactile paving both sides.
  • The road has an uneven tarmac surface with a moderate slope down and to the right as you cross.
  • Past Mushroom Lane, the path has a moderate slope down with a tarmac surface, then cobbles as it passes the first entrance to Weston Park, then block paving after that.
  • There are areas of tactile paving as it passes a crossing for Western Bank and a bus stop.
  • The second entrance into Weston Park has a cobbled surface, then it becomes block paving again.
  • The path crosses the entrance and exit to the Firth Hall car park.
  • These are raised to the level of the path and have a tarmac surface.
  • The path then has a moderate to steep slope. It passes an area of tactile paving as it passes a bus stop.

Front of the Alfred Denny Building

  • After 45m, just before the path meets the vehicle entrance to the Tower Court car park, turn left and follow the path round to the front of the Alfred Denny Building.
  • There is tactile paving at the turn which is for the pedestrian crossing on Western Bank.
  • This path has a slight slope down.
  • There are bollards at the bottom of the slope.
  • The minimum width between the bollards is 113cm.
  • The surface beyond the bollards is tarmac.
  • Bear left and proceed along the front of the Alfred Denny Building.
  • After 6m the path becomes block paved.
  • Continue along the front of the Alfred Denny Building to the underpass, on the left.
  • Then turn left to go through the underpass.

Underpass

  • This area has a brick block paving surface with an easy slope leading down to the left as you pass through the underpass. It is also uneven in places.
  • There is a variety of concrete seating throughout the underpass.
  • The underpass leads to the area in front of the Students' Union.

Front of the Students' Union Area

  • The plaza area in front of the Students' Union - University House has a stone block paving surface with level access to the main entrance to the Students' Union.