Darfield Walk - August 12th

Posted 12/8/2020
Well despite 30 degrees plus temperatures a team of 13 people completed a rather hot and humid 4.35 miles walk around Darfield tonight.
Starting from the Old Moor Tavern in Broomhill we walked up the disused railway line through Darfield and then walked alongside the River Dearne before are turning to Broomhill past the Old Moor Wetlands.
Many thanks to everyone who came along tonight.

Greasbrough Evening Walk

Posted 29/7/2020

DVWG’s popular restart after lockdown continued last night as 3 socially distanced groups completed our 4.3 mile evening walk from Greasbrough.

Starting from the Yellow Lion pub we made our way along Church Street before taking a lane across Wilcox’s Plantation and into Wentworth Park. After short climb towards the Mausoleum, we skirted the woods to reach Nether Haugh.

A short roadside walk then took us to a path across fields towards Upper Haugh where we then walked along the Roman Ridge back towards Mill Dam. The walk was completed by a picturesque walk around the north of the Dam before joining the lane back across Wilcox’s Plantation to return to our start point.

Well done and thanks to everyone who walked yesterday evening and thanks to our three leaders; Alison, Liz and Steve.

Keep an eye out for details of next week’s walk coming soon…

Barnburgh Walk - July 21st

Posted 21/7/2020

Another great walk tonight for DVWG, this time a 4.5 miles walk around Barnburgh, Harlington and the TPT.

Starting from the Crown Inn we walked into the village towards the church and down in To Harlington.

From here we walked down the track Tor the River Dearne and the the TPT following this track through the woodland eventually reaching Dearne Bridge.

After a photo opportunity at the bridge looking at the picturesque Deanby Ings we proceeded onto a field side path which passed Barnburgh Grange Farm and crossed Barnburgh Common before emerging at The Crown and the end of our walk. The views across the Common were simply stunning.

Well done to the seventeen who attended tonight, Russell Yapp go the night wrong again. It was particularly nice to see Marianne Russell and Adam Bradley again as they haven’t walked with us for a while. 

Finally a thank you goes out to tonight’s leaders, Liz, David and Steve. Hope you get well soon Steve after tonight’s almighty shock.

Thank you for your continued support everyone.

Harley Walk - July 15th

Posted 18/7/2020

Another great outing for DVWG with a nice event no walk starting from Harley.

Walking along the Black Lane then to Tankersley Old Hall before entering the medieval Bellground Wood. The wood never disappoints us and was looking great to night in the height of summer growth.

Emerging onto Sheffield Road we walked into Hoyland Common onto the green lane which makes up the bottom half of Stead Lane touching the edges of both Springwood and Skiers Spring Wood before taking a footpath back to Harley and the end of our walk.

Thank you to the seventeen people who walked this evening and to the three walk leaders, Liz, Steve and David who made tonight possible.

A few of us managed a cheeky drink in a deserted Horseshoe pub too.

Thanks for coming, see you all soon

Old Moor & Dearne Way Walks - July 8th & 9th

Posted 9/7/2020

It was a long time coming but DVWGs return to group walking has proved to be a resounding success.

In accordance with current guidance only small groups was possible and we were lucky enough to receive pre-bookings for two groups on Wednesday evening followed by a third group on Thursday too.

Meeting and concluding formalities at the Old Moor Tavern we set off along a path aside the River Dearne. This led onto a disused railway line which runs behind RSPB Old Moor.joining the TPT near Bolton Upon Dearne and then onto a very muddy, (as usual) Dearne Way back to Broomhill.

The rain certainly didn’t dampen spirits and everyone from Wednesday’s groups reported that they were pleased to resume.

Thursday brought more rain and just 5 in our third group as we commenced along the old railway line, we decided that the Dearne Way would be too muddy by now, therefore we turned right instead of left and joined the path around Manvers Lake and eventually joining the TPT again back to Broomhill and the end of our walk. 

The group were also in high spirits enjoying resuming group walks.

Thank you to the 15 people who walked over two nights for turning out in poor weather and helping us resume with a flourish. Further thanks go to everyone who worked in the background to make the restart of DVWG possible and continued to support us too.

Don’t forget to watch out for the places becoming available for next week’s Harley & Tankersley walk.

It is truly great to be back.

Higham and Silkstone Walk - March 15th

Posted 15/3/2020

Once again a very well attended local walk for DVWG today with 25 adults & children taking part in our Higham & Silkstone Family Ramble. The weather was generally kind to us and, as ever we had plenty of mud to paddle in too.

Starting from The Engineers in Higham we made a slight modification to the start of the walk after taking a bit of local advice, descending Elmhirst Lane into Hugset Wood, thankfully managing to navigate the nemesis of previous walks and emerging eventually at Barnby Furnace Bridge and onto the Silkstone Wagon Way.

A steady walk along the wagon way to Pot House Hamlet followed and we then ascended a bridleway to the Silkstone Bypass, a very busy road. Mark Haran, one of today’s newcomers stepped forward into the middle of the road and not only stopped traffic but traded insults with each and every one of the throng of impatient motorists who clearly couldn’t wait for our party to cross. This was an amazing sight.

Our group followed into Silkstone Fall and negotiated a couple of steep and slippery paths before emerging and crossing the bypass again before climbing a rather steep bridleway to Silkstone Golf Club.

From here we negotiated yet more mud, as passed through Lane Side, indeed Harry Morgan one of today’s new younger walkers had the misfortune to do a full on face down fall in the mud.

We emerged onto Higham Common and took a steady walk through the village, where some of us enjoyed a quick drink in The Engineers afterwards as a reward.

A big hello goes out to our new faces today, Wendy Renwick, Julie Deakin, Angela Harvey, Rebecca & Dave Morgan and their children Harry and Lucy, Katie Cadwell and our new resident traffic warden Mark Haran.

Thank you everyone who came along.

Lords Seat & Mam Tor Walk - March 7th

Posted 8/3/2020

A day out in the Hope Valley for DVWG, which proved somewhat challenging in places to our party of 21 adults and 1 child.

Meeting at Edale Station we left the pretty village ascending Hardenclough, which sadly proved a little too much for even one of our more resilient walkers, Tricia MacDuff who decided the walk was proving too tough for her and turned back to Edale.

Our party continued onto the road and turned onto the track to ascend Rushup Edge, where we encountered windy conditions and some snow too. We were amply rewarded on arrival at Lords Seat with fantastic views of both the Hope Valley and the Kinder Massif.

Following a lunch break sheltering behind a wall at Lords Seat, (higher Than Mam Tor, I was asked this question during the walk, but didn’t know the definite answer), we descended back to the road to meet the track onto the Great Ridge.

We ascended the stone steps to emerge onto the summit of Mam Tor, pausing for a group picture at the summit to celebrate our efforts and took a couple of minutes to admire the view of the busy summit before moving off.

We followed the track along the Great Ridge until we reached Hollins Cross, here we left the ridge descending the steep, stony footpath to Lower Hollins on the outskirts of Edale, crossing the River Noe and emerging onto the road just outside the village.

During the descent from the Great Ridge the weather had deteriorated quite suddenly from the wintry sun we had experienced and a short, sharp rain shower had occurred, however by the time we reached the road just outside Edale the sun was shining again and we took the short walk back to the village centre and the end of our 6.7 miles walk.

A big hello and welcome goes out to Kirsty and Lee Malone and their young son Cole who walked with us for the first time today. A special mention goes out to Cole who tackled the walk admirably. We hope you enjoyed the walk and hope you wish to join us again soon.

Today DVWG hit 150 adult walkers in our 2019/20, which is the only the second time it has occurred. Season 2018/19 our group had a record 152 adult walkers, although this number was assisted by our tenth anniversary event, Dearne Valley Walking Festival 2019.

Thank you to everyone who walked today and to everyone for your continued support of DVWG.