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Totley Brook rises close to the A621 and collects its water from several small brooks which drain the hillsides between Holmesfield and Totley. On its way northwards towards Sheffield, it flows through Gillfield Wood.
The brook meanders spectacularly, cutting deeply into the river bank as it winds through the valley towards Mickley Lane. As it does so, it provides a clear demonstration, in miniature, of the processes of erosion and deposition which lead to changes in the route of a river.
After flowing past the Shepley Spitfire and under Mickley Lane, Totley Brook runs northwards between Leverdene Avenue and Queen Victoria Road, past what was once the site of Totley Chemical Works and then alongside the filled in and re-developed mill pond of Totley Rolling Mill.
The Brook turns sharply to the west as it passes the site of the Rolling Mill and the garden of Mill Cottage and then joins the Old Hay Brook which has just flowed under the A621.
At this junction, at the end of Mill Lane, the two brooks become the River Sheaf which then flows north-east through Abbeydale towards the centre of Sheffield.
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Totley History Group