Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2-in-1 walk - November 11th

Posted 11/11/2018

In another outing for this format of walk, we saw a healthy attendance of twelve adults and four youngsters.  As it was the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, before departure the group observed two minutes silence on the stroke of 11am, to commemorate those who did not return from conflict.  We then set off from Clayton West down the main road back towards Wakefield.  After the first footpath on our proposed route turned out to be fenced off, we diverted a little further than planned along the noisy main road before finding our way to more tranquil territory.  Our path, unfortunately turned out to be extremely boggy and a few of us found ourselves with wet feet early on!  Things did improve, however and we eventually found pleasant paths leading us to Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Here, we took a look round the varied and impressive art installations before ascending to the woodland picnic area to take lunch, at which point the group split up.  The eight wanting a shorter walk returned to the lake, crossing Cascade Bridge, whilst the remaining eight proceeded further around the north bank of the lake, before crossing and following the south bank through Menagerie Woods back to the south end of Cascade Bridge.  Both parties made separate ascents upon the Barnsley Boundary Walk path, the shorter walk bailing half way to pick up an indistinct westward path to pick up the Kirklees Way back to Clayton West.  Meanwhile those on the longer walk continued the seemingly endless ascent to Litherop Road, which was followed into High Hoyland, passing the church on the left before taking a bridleway on the right, down the edge of the woods to Bilham Grange and then via Bilham Road and High Street to the start point.

The short walk team had by now holed up in The Woodman pub but were soon reunited with the others for welcome refreshments by a roaring fire.  Talking of welcome, we extended greetings to a couple of new faces today in Meg Turner and Russell Yapp.  We hope to see you both on another walk soon.  Thanks as ever, to all who attended for your continued support of the group.  

IMPORTANT - Change of start point 11th November

Posted 7/11/2018

Unfortunately it has been necessary to move the start point of the Sculpture Park Walk on Sunday November 11th due to the eye-watering £11 car parking charge at the YSP.

The new start point is:

Junction Inn
Langley Lane
Clayton West
West Yorkshire

Please meet at 11am, the walk is still YSP

Totley Moor Walk - November 3rd

Posted 4/11/2018

A great 8.22 miles walk today around Totley Moor which was hugely enjoyable despite the constant wind.


Starting from Owler Bar, we started with some walking alongside the A621 before entering the Longshaw Estate, crossing the moor to Barbrook Reservoir navigating  across the Moor to the nearby Bronze Age Stone Circle. The monument is somewhat buried in long grass and GPS is essential to locate it. It was well worth seeing tough.

From here we crossed Barbrook Bridge and climbed the Moor to Lady’s Cross a parish boundary marker dating back to the 12th century.

Retracing our steps to the other side of Barbrook Bridge and onto Totley Moor, which could prove to be very bleak in poor weather, reaching the top and the Trig point.

During our lunch break Karen pointed out to us all how clear the view was, with the aid of her binoculars to initially identify Meadowhall, Ikea and even traffic crossing the Tinsley Viaduct on the M1 !!

We descended towards Totley following the Sheffield Country Walk before ascending Holling Hill.

From here we walked through the stunning Gillfield Wood which looked excellent in the mid autumn colours before ascending once again to Storth House.


The final part of the walk was alongside the road from the outskirts of Holmesfield back to Owler Bar and a welcome beer in The Peacock pub.


Well done to the 11 people who attended this walk, it is one certainly worth repeating.

Bradfields & Dam Flask Walk - October 28th

Posted 4/11/2018

A group of 12 enjoyed a rather hilly 6.6 mile walk around Damflask Reservoir from High Bradfield today.

On a sunny but cool day our group set off from the Old Horns Inn, taking a path down the side of the Church which descended to Kirk Bridge and Low Bradfield. Here we took the road bridge over the water and then followed the path along the northern shore of Damflask Reservoir where it clearly evident just how low the water level was in the reservoir.

We then dropped down Stacey Lane to descend Stacey Bank and then skirted the village of Dungworth before making our way along the road for a short stretch and to take a steep path down Rickett Bank. Unfortunately, the slippy stile proved a little too much for Liz Davies who had a small tumble but after a quick dusting down she was fit to continue and we made our way along the path running parallel to Ughill Brook as it climbed slowly up hill.

Before the path reached the road we took a short lunch break which, with all eyes watching the dark black clouds approaching overhead, was punctuated by a short hail shower. With coats quickly donned we then pushed on to reach the road which we took passing Woodhouse Farm and then turned left to follow Hoar Stones Road as the weather brightened up again.

At Foxholes Farm Cottages we took Mill lee Road which we followed back into Low Bradfield. A second trip across the road bridge followed before we took a path off Lamb Hill accessed by narrow, short, steep steps. As he started to ascend back to High Bradfield we were subjected to our second hail shower of the day, this time lasting considerably longer, as it stopped just as we reached the road just before returning to the Old Horns Inn.

A swift drink in the Inn followed for several of our party as they dried out before departing for home.

Finally, congratulations to Audrey Brownridge who has now walked 100 miles in the season to date.

Sorry for the website problems

Posted 2/11/2018

Some of you may have noticed some serious service outages of late.  We may not be out of the woods yet so please report any issues to me (Nick) asap but things are returning to normal.  Thank you for your patience!

Luds Church & The Roaches Walk - October 20th

Posted 30/10/2018

Our Roaches Walk was, as ever a wonderful day out for DVWG.

Arriving early for the walk some of our party opted for some refreshment at the wonderful Roaches Tearoom before commencing the walk.

The walk started with a walk up the road, passing Hen Cloud, passing Rock Hall and ascending the steep stone steps onto the beginning of the path on the top of The Roaches.

We soon reached Doxey Pool, one of the country’s top picnic sites, before continuing to the highest point of the ridge marked with a Trig point. There were fabulous views here.

After a customary picture, we continued to Roach End where David Kirk was allegedly seen parting with money for an ice cream.

After our shocked party had regained consciousness, we continued along the path before descending into Forest Wood.

In the autumn sunshine the wood was very busy, a short circuit of the wood led us to the entrance of Lud’s Church, the huge chasm which is said to have links to medieval heresy.

Regardless, visiting Lud’s Church is a must for walking enthusiasts, just to walk through and see its shear size & splendour. 

A lunch break in Forest Wood was followed with a circuit of the wood before retracing our steps across The Roaches, where we descended a slightly different route to the road to avoid the awkward steps.

Returning to the road we found most of our party had received a parking ticket.

A quick beer in the Ye Old Rock, brought to the end this lovely, expensive walk.

Well done to all who attended.

Bronte Classic Walk - October 7th

Posted 9/10/2018

A great day out for DVWG in the Haworth area walking the Bronte Classic Walk.


An early 8AM start for our bus party and the people who chose to make their own way there, assembling in Haworth in time for a cuppa and light breakfast before walking.


A gentle ascent along Penistone Hill out of Haworth led us to the Moors and onto the Millennium Way to Bronte Falls.


We paused here for photo opportunities in the picturesque valley before starting a quite strenuous ascent to Top Withens.


Arriving at Top Withens the weather was now superb and we were pleasantly surprised to find restoration of this important monument is now in progress, a short breather here and we proceeded onto the moor to bag Haworth Moor Trig.

The views on the Moor was simply stunning.


Returning to Top Withens we took a lunch break after we resumed we descended from the Moor along the Pennine Way, here we had an opportunity for a pub stop at The Friendly in Stanbury. The pub certainly lived up to its name.


Resuming our walk, we crossed the dam wall at Lower Laithe Reservoir, taking the short walk into Haworth and the end of our walk.


A great turn out for this 8.2 miles stunning walk, well done to all who completed it.


Special well done to Nicola Royston our first 100 mile walker of the 2018/19 season and to David Richardson & Emily Kirk who both clocked up 900 miles cumulatively on this walk.


After finishing the walk there was time for our party to enjoy a beer, cuppa or browse around Haworth before our journey home.


A rather tired and subdued party boarded the Wombwell bound bus home, thanks to Eastmans Coaches who once again did us proud with transport.


All in all it was another great day out for DVWG.