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Bronze Age Bracelets to Industrial Engineering

Last modified: 23 September 2013

Eastern Moors

Totley Moss is teeming in cultural history.

Image: The RSPB

Anyone travelling across the moorland landscape of Totley Moss, high above Sheffield, would be forgiven for missing the clues that uncover an all but forgotten Bronze Age jewellery industry.

Totley Moss, part of the Eastern Moors in the Peak District National Park, is teeming in cultural history and holds its own secrets to the past. On Thursday 17 October, the Eastern Moors team will be running ‘Walk and Wonder – Bronze Age Bracelets to Industrial Engineering’, an informative exploration of the landscape, looking for clues to this fascinating history through time.

Stella McGuire, Eastern Moors Lead Archaeologist volunteer,said: “In the Bronze Age, people were living and working on Totley Moor, above Sheffield, and we can still see traces of their lives today.”

Though the history of Totley Moss starts much earlier, it is possibly best known for the Totley Tunnel running almost six kilometres underground, which at the time of construction, was the second longest railway tunnel in the UK.

Stella added: “Around 4000 years after the Bronze Age, Victorian railway engineers and skilled workmen drove the Totley Tunnel deep below the moor. Thousands of people travel through the tunnel, but how many have stopped to examine the strange structures that the tunnel builders created on the moorland above?”

The ‘Walk & Wonder’ will set off at 10am from Longshaw’s Woodcroft car park, returning at 1pm.  The walk costs £5 per person, payable in advance.  For further information, or to book a place, call 07738 738844 or email

Participants should bring a packed lunch or snack and wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the weather.  Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead.

The Partnership, which manages the Eastern Moors on behalf of the Peak District National Park Authority, is running a number of events throughout the year for both families and adults.  You can find out more by visiting

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