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Life on one of Yorkshire’s steepest streets where residents love it so much they never want to leave

Residents of one of Yorkshire’s steepest streets, say they avoid leaving the house during extreme weather conditions – but they can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Homeowners on Blake Street in Walkley- Sheffield, the third steepest street in the UK, have adapted well to the leg-straining 16.6 degree gradient they call home, with many saying the positives outweigh the negatives.

The street, which is lined with houses on either side, is so steep it even has handrails for those who are struggling. Walking from the bottom to the top certainly tests your stamina, but the views of the city from the top are well worth the hike.

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When (and if) you make it to the top, you will find local boozer, the Blake Hotel, which is popular with the locals, as well as Ruskin Park where residents walk their dogs and take the kids to play.

However, during extreme weather conditions, such as the current heatwave, even daily activities can be difficult for residents of Blake Street and in some instances, pretty dangerous too.

But despite “constantly needing a new clutch” and a good pair of boots being an essential during the winter months, residents say the “views and community spirit” are well worth the downsides.

One resident, who loves the street so much he has lived in two different houses on it, says he used to drive past and wonder what it would be like to live here, so pounced at the opportunity when it arose.

Blake Street in Sheffield is the third steepest in the UK

Paul Travis, 51, told Yorkshire Live: “We’ve lived on this street for about ten years, we actually moved in to number 70 further down the street initially and then this one came available and we moved here. We used to drive past and think ‘I wonder what it would be like to live there.’

“We love living here, the area is great, it’s just got a nice feel to it. The neighbours are really nice, we all got to know each other a lot more during lockdown, the kids would paint social distance spots on the pavement and we’d all sit out. And now we have a Whatsapp group where we all chat.

“The down sides to living here are you go through a lot of hand brakes and clutches on your car! Reverse parking is a nightmare and obviously if you’re walking back up it’s a killer. I go to the gym at the bottom and getting there and back is a work out in itself!

“We get groups of people who do runs up and down the street at the weekends, some of them put weights in their backpacks and things like that. I think people come just to see it, you get a lot of people taking pictures from the top, the views are great. It’s nice at night when you can see the City all lit up.”

It seems all the residents agree that whilst navigating life on the hill can sometimes be tricky, it’s well worth the effort.

Another resident, Rebecca Healey, 35, who lives on the street with her partner and two children, said: “We moved here around seven or eight years ago from Crooks, it’s great mostly, the views are nice, it’s got a nice community feel, the people are friendly, it’s really close to town and we’ve got the pub and the park at the top.

“It’s winter that’s difficult when it’s snowing and icy, it can get really slippy and parking is never the easiest but we can’t grumble really, we like living here, it’s great.”

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Another elderly resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I have lived here with my husband for almost 17 years now, when we moved here I was coming up for 60 and the woman who used to live here before us had to move because she had bad knees and so it wasn’t practical for her anymore, she was struggling.

“I thought we might do 10 years here but we’re still here and still managing absolutely fine. I go up to the park and to do the shopping or I go down the bottom and then come back up, but its fine if I don’t have too many bags, we’re fairly close to the bottom of the street, so it’s not so bad. I’ve never had any issues with deliveries but we don’t really order much online.”

Asked about how she is navigating the heatwave, she added: “I avoid going out if it’s too hot or if I really need to go out I’ll go early in the morning before it gets too hot. And the same if the weather is really bad, I just don’t go out, it’s not worth it.”

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