Local history enthusiast Mick Nott was raised in a modern council flat on a well-designed estate in the 1960s. Join him for a roughly 2 mile circular walk around the Gleadless Valley estate, as he shares his thoughts on why its buildings and design deserve more appreciation and attention.
With a variety of housing, set amongst ancient woodland, designed for a projected population of 17,000 people, Gleadless Valley is worthy of comparison with the modular blocks and inner-city compactness of Park Hill – and, unlike Park Hill, it has remained as municipal or social housing from its start to the present day. Mick will guide you through some of the estate, explaining why it attracted national and international interest as first-rate council housing in an exceptional setting, and why municipal housing should be seen as an essential part of national housing stock.
The route will have ascents and descents, and there are steps and stairs. Wear footwear comfortable for walking and dress for the weather.