Barnburgh Evening Walk

Posted 20/6/2019

Thirteen adults and one junior embarked on Dearne Valley Walking Group’s 4.58 mile Barnburgh Evening Walk on a lovely evening yesterday.

Starting from the Crown Inn at Barnburgh we followed Doncaster Road into Barnburgh, passing St Peter’s Church before making our way through the village to join the Trans Pennine Trail.

The Trail took us along Mill Lane and along the bank of the River Dearne as far as Denaby Ings Nature Reserve where we then took the pavement alongside Pastures Road to join Melton Mill Lane.

Here a convenient footpath enabled us to walk along the field edge away from the road as far as Grange Lane which we then followed past Barnburgh Grange, across Barnburgh Common and back to our start point for a post-walk drink at the Crown Inn, who we thank for their hospitality and for allowing us to use their car park.

The walk saw us welcome a new face in form of Wayne Cousins who we hope enjoyed his first walk with us and we congratulate Kasia & Jack Wolniewicz who both passed 100 miles walked with the group this season.

Spurn Point Walk - June 15th

Posted 15/6/2019

Anyone who saw when DVWG’s April to June 2019 walks diary when it was published earlier this year will probably recollect our intention to lead a walk at Tan Hill In on the North Pennines on June 15th. Unfortunately we were unable to secure a bus for return travel and we therefore had to substitute this outing with a Spurn Point Walk.

What a substitute it turned out to be.

The journey to Kilnsea is not easy, a slow road network east of Hull means that it is an additional 45 minutes to travel there. The villages between Hull and Kilnsea are quaint but lack a lot of the basic facilities we take for granted.

Our party arrived in Kilnsea and prior to parking had already taken a glimpse of the Humber Estuary in its full glory as we approached the car park, parking alongside the now deserted Blue Bell Café.

Our walk commenced along the road leading out to Spurn Point passing the observatory of the Spurn Nature Reserve to where the road becomes a dead end, here we walked a stretch of beach through some quite soft sand to reach a causeway path which led out onto the peninsula.

I expected that the walk would have an exposed feel with sea always visible at either side, however on the causeway it was somewhat sheltered due to the high sea defences, our view was inwards to the Humber which was at quite low tide.

As we neared the lighthouse we were able to see several cargo ships which were being guided out of the river and were able to witness their speed of travel. Soon we were at the Humber Lifeboat Station and the views started to open out quite dramatically.

From here we were unable to walk much further on the causeway, however as the tide was low we able to extend our intended walk and drop onto the adjacent beach and walked along one of the most unspoilt stretches of coastline in the region to the very southern tip of Spurn Point. Here there was a lovely wide expanse of golden sand and views both out to sea and across to Cleethorpes and Grimsby. It was quite eerie to view the two forts in the Humber Estuary from the opposite side for a change.

On the southern tip of the point we got quite up close and personal with a rather fast moving cargo vessel called the Ark Dania.

Re-tracing our steps back to the lifeboat station and an extended lunch stop took place before walking back along the causeway and beach to Kilnsea and the end of our walk.

Best of all the weather was better than we dared hope for and the rain stayed away throughout our walk.

Anyone who is considering a trip to Spurn Point will not regret it, it is a simply beautiful place, which unfortunately is eroding away, we certainly saw evidence of this with fragments of broken up road etc. along the way. There are several other pieces of evidence of WWII along the way, not to mention the beautiful beaches and stunning views. It will certainly be a place where DVWG will return at some point.

All good walks finish at a good pub and the Crown and Anchor in Kilnsea was no exceptions where from its benches outside the front door we were able to view the Humber Estuary in all its glory before taking our long journey home.

Well done to the eleven adults and one junior who attended this 8.7 miles walk. A big hello and welcome also goes out to David Freeman who walked with DVWG for the first time today.

Wintersett to Walton Family Walk - June 9th

Posted 9/6/2019

This walk was the Walton to Wintersett Walk which became the Wintersett to Walton Walk, when wretched railway repairs re-routed our ramble!

Starting from Anglers Country Park, we took a path well travelled by DVWG, through Haw Park Wood to the Barnsley Canal.  Crossing the canal, we descended to the surfaced track alongside it, heading northwards into Walton.

After taking welcome refreshments at the well-stocked bar of the New Inn, we descended towards Crofton before taking a green path through fields and farmland to return to Anglers Country Park, adjacent to the witch's cauldron on the Room on the Broom Trail.

As the wind whipped up and dark clouds gathered ominously, spots of rain started to fall.  In fear that a lap of the lake was likely to result in little more than a drenching, we took the shortest route from here back to the car park, curtailing the walk at 4.5 miles.  Sadly this looked a poor decision half an hour later as the winds pushed the clouds over with minimal precipitation and then subsided! So apologies go to those who would have preferred the extended route.

Thanks to the ten adults and two children in attendance for your continued support of the group.

Whitwell Moor Evening Walk - June 6th

Posted 6/6/2019

An evening stroll starting from Bolsterstone tonight for DVWG.

A nice walk onto Whitwell Moor trig point which commands lovely views of the Ewden Valley. The trig is dedicated to Michael Jeffery who sadly passed away in the Great North Run in 2006.

Our walk continued along the moor and unfortunately the rain set in.

Walking back along Long Lane in quite heavy rain we all got quite wet, however our conversation, which is usually diverse on walks was quite original tonight as we covered topics such as the Black & White Minstrel Show, Golliwogs and the works of Enid Blyton.

A beer in the Castle Inn at Bolsterstone was a welcome reward for tonight’s effort.

Well done to our party of six walkers tonight.

WALTON TO WINTERSETT CHANGES

Posted 5/6/2019

***IMPORTANT INFORMATION***

It has been brought to my attention that the car park at Walton Country Park is coned off this morning and signs have gone up warning of a Saturday-to-Monday total road closure have appeared on the adjacent railway bridge.

The walk will now commence from:

Anglers Country Park
Haw Park Lane
Wintersett
Wakefield
WF4 2EB

and will be a modified 5.5 mile route. Although about a mile of this is on a slightly overgrown path, it will be for the most part easy walking on broad tracks.

Unfortunately, whilst parking at the original start point is was free, there is a small charge of £2 for up to four hours parking.

Sorry for the late notice on these changes.

CHANGE TO PRESENTATION NIGHT

to 5th July 2019 | Posted 19/5/2019

Due to unforseen circumstances, we have had to alter the date of our presentation night from the previously advertised date of 12th July to a week earlier.

The new date is 5th July 2019 - please see the events page for further information and booking details.

Fishlake Church Walk - 19th May

Posted 19/5/2019

Fifteen adults and two children completed a lovely 4.9 mile circuit from the village of Fishlake near Doncaster today.

Starting from outside the now closed down Old Anchor pub we made our way along the main street to just outside the impressive Saint Cuthbert’s Church where we veered to the right to take a public footpath which led onto the top of the grassy floodbank which prevents the village from flooding from the River Don.

After a short while we dropped down off the bank to take a path on the left which twisted and turned between trees and bushes, crossed Sour Lane, and led into an open field to eventually bring us out just north of Clough House Farm.

Here we took a track northwards until we eventually emerged at a junction of lanes near Hazlehurst Farm. A short stretch along Sorrell Lane followed before we turned left onto Hayes Lane and followed this until we joined Pinfold Lane on the outskirts of the village.

Making our way past the cricket ground towards the village we then took a path on the right which brought us out on East Field Road. Here the attraction of an inquisitive young foal saw most of our party rush to a grab photos before we continued along towards Far Bank Lane where we took a track on the left which took us towards West Nab.

At the end of this track we took a short refreshment break before continuing along to walk Fishlake Nab towards Stainforth. Just as the road neared the River Don we crossed over and took a footpath which again led us onto the top of the floodbank which we followed back to Fishlake, dropping off the floodbank to follow a path back to our start point.

Most us then opted to retire to the Hare & Hounds pub for a post walk drink with several of our party deciding to partake in Sunday lunch.

Well done to the 17 people who completed this walk. We hope to see you again soon.