Five Churches Walk - 10th March

Posted 10/3/2019

A small group of Dearne Valley Walking Group’s regular walkers braved the elements for today’s 10 mile Five Churches Walk from Todwick.

Starting from St Peter & St Paul’s Church in the village our group of 7 adults and one dog set off in cold and wet conditions we followed the path known as Axle Lane towards South Anston. Axle Lane follows a stone wall which was the boundary of the 600 acre Kiveton Park Estate, home of the Duke of Leeds in the late 17th century.

On arriving at South Anston we took a few minutes to observe the names of local people killed in World War One that were listed inside the lychgate to St James’ Church and then continued past the church itself and exited at the back of the churchyard. From here we proceeded through a housing estate before taking a bridleway southwards towards the railway line and Chesterfield Canal.

After crossing the canal the path took us steadily up hill to where we joined Lady Field Road which we followed into the village of Thorpe Salvin where we observed the remains of Thorpe Salvin Hall and then entered the churchyard of St Peter’s Church via the east gate.

We left Thorpe Salvin heading westwards along Harthill Road and then took a diagonal path across Loscar Field to Loscar Wood. Crossing the muddy field was extremely heavy going in the rain!

Our route skirted the edge of Loscar Wood and crossed Packman Lane before continuing past Crow Wood following a path across numerous fields before we emerged at Harthill. Here we turned northwards along the main road to All Hallows Church where we decided to stop for lunch and a pint at The Beehive Pub over the road.

After being suitably refreshed we continued along the main road and then as we exited the village took a path on the left which took us over a stone bridge over a stream and slowly up hill across more field to reach Walsaker Lane.

Here we followed the lane as it zigzagged its way north and westwards towards the village of Wales. As we cross the path of the Cuckoo Way the M1 motorway came into view and we then continued  along the path to emerge on Church Street which took us past our fifth and final church on the route, the church of St John the Baptist.

After deciding against calling in at the Duke of Leeds pub opposite we continued along Church Street, crossed the main road and took Manor Road and then Storth Lane to pass Wales High School and Kiveton Park FC. This took us over back over the railway line and we then crossed a stile immediately on our right to follow a path which took us alongside a stream before eventually reaching the outskirts of Todwick.

We wended our way through the housing estate to return to the 11th century St Peter & St Pauls church and to complete our walk. There was just the small task of our post-walk drink at the Red Lion to undertake!

Well done to the small group who endured wind, rain, sleet and a bit of sun on this 10 mile walk.