St Leger Letwell Family Walk - 16th Dec

Posted 16/12/2018

A modest party of ten - six adults and four children - set off on a fresh, sunny winter's morning from the picturesque village church of St Peter's, Letwell.  Walking through the village, past its charming phone box library and bus stop notice board, pausing to see the old dovecote behind the houses, we took broad tracks and lanes to the nature reserve of Dyscarr Wood.  Emerging from here, we set off in the direction of the nearby village of Firbeck but before reaching the village, took a lane back to join our original route out of Letwell, upon which we returned to our start point.

Rotherham Council advertised the route as 3 miles, although it certainly exceeds four, and it made for a pleasant way to spend the morning in fine company.  We retired for refreshments to the splendid Black Lion pub in Firbeck before heading our separate ways.

Thanks to all who attended for your continued support of the group.  Given the pleasant surroundings and terrain, we are looking to possibly extend this route for the summer season, maybe even as far as Roche Abbey.

New Diary Online

Posted 11/12/2018

For a variety of reasons, the diary has been somewhat delayed again this time.  Those on the SMS mailing list will have received a sneak preview yesterday but as of today all events are on this site and the new diaries are in the downloads section.

I would draw the attention of those who downloaded the preview to a couple of errors, which have now been corrected, so please re-download if this is a resource you rely upon.  The most glaring was the incorrect date for our annual night walk!!!

Anyway, if we've made any other blunders please let me know, otherwise we hope to see you out and about on a walk soon

Nick - Webmaster

Ripon & Studley Park - 9th Dec

Posted 9/12/2018

Nine people made the trip to North Yorkshire and weren’t disappointed with as Dearne Valley Walking Group undertook a lovely 8.5 mile walk from the cathedral city of Ripon.

With all of our group having arrived early and enjoyed a hearty breakfast at various eateries we set off southwards from outside Ripon Cathedral to cross the River Skell on King Street Bridge before joining the riverside path westwards alongside the river. This we followed as far as a small park and paddling pool to emerge on Borrage Green Lane.

This we followed as it left the short row of houses behind and we again joined the now rather fast-flowing and swollen River Skell as it made its way through Hell Wath Nature Reserve. Eventually we left the river to emerge at Hell Wath Cottage.

We then followed Whitcliffe Lane as far as Whitcliffe Hall where we then made a gradual ascent of Hum Hill before turning almost back on ourselves to drop quite steeply to again cross the River Skell and then pass Chinese Wood and Devil’s Chimney to enter Studley Park.

After walking around the lake to the café we then made our way up to St. Mary’s Church and after a few minutes admiring the architecture returned to our route to cross Studley Park back towards Ripon with the imposing Cathedral visible in the distance. As we did so we passed an abundance of deer on the left hand side but then Diane Marshall stopped us all in our tracks as she spotted what turned out to be the Kilburn White Horse beyond the Cathedral in the distance.

We branched away from the main roadway to take a path out of the deer park to the small picturesque village of Studley Roger and then continued on well made paths to join the B6265 towards Ripon for a short distance. As we crossed the River Laver we turned to follow it to where it joined the River Skell and then retraced our steps back to the cathedral.

Once back our party immediately made for the Unicorn Hotel for a richly deserved post walk drink.

Well done to the nine people who completed this delightful walk in North Yorkshire on a lovely winter’s day.

Roy Smith

Posted 2/12/2018

Everyone at DVWG has been saddened today to hear of the death of one of our walkers, Roy Smith.

Roy sadly passed away on Tuesday November 27th.

Roy was a regular walker with DVWG until he fell ill in 2017. 

Despite his advancing years he was a capable and adventurous walker with DVWG. He was also a true gentleman and was very popular with everyone he walked with.

All of our thoughts are with Denise and his family at this very sad time.

Anyone who wishes to attend Roy’s funeral please contact David Kirk for the details.

Cawthorne Circular Walk - 1st Dec

Posted 2/12/2018

A soggy morning, unfortunately, awaited our party for our Christmas walk and social.  Setting off from Cannon Hall car park, we took a short stretch on road to Jowett House Farm, where we picked up a path over to Deffer Wood.  Ascending on broad woodland tracks, we emerged on Hollin House Lane, where our elevation would have, on a better day, lavished us with rolling views. Eventually, this extended road section took us Bank End and we took a footpath down to High Hoyland.  Unfortunately, this path and most of the others in our descent were at best indistinct, making navigation challenging. Caroline's mapping app on her phone helped us back onto course on a few occasions!

A slightly delayed start due to a couple of us (walk leaders included) having difficulty paying for parking, combined with a tricky navigation, meant we were running short on time to get back for our lunch booking, resulting in a re-route at the end to just make it back in time, albeit with a slightly unconventional re-entry to the grounds of Cannon Hall Farm!

The day was then saved by a fantastic feed at the White Bull restaurant, before our party went our separate ways.  Well done to the 16 hardy souls who braved this muddy walk and season's greetings to all 20 who attended the meal.

Food choices for Christmas Lunch

Posted 25/11/2018

Please can those attending the Christmas Lunch on 1st December please peruse the menu

and send your food choices to

no later than Tuesday 27th November


Nick - Socials Officer

Manners Wood & Wye Valley Walk & Bakewell Christmas Market - 25th November

Posted 25/11/2018

On a bit of a murky, misty autumn day, we convened in Bakewell for a short stroll, before taking in the Christmas Market at this charming Peak District town.  Our start was delayed, somewhat, due to the thousands of other people eager to take in this charm caused a fair bit of parking chaos!  We eventually departed the town, crossing the golf course to undertake a relentless ascent through Manners Wood.  Our decent through the woodland brought us into sight of Haddon Hall, before our route curved back towards the River Wye, which we broadly followed on paths and tracks back to Bakewell.

Here we separated to take in the town and markets and for some, the obligatory pint before heading home. 15 adults and 3 youngsters made up today's healthy attendance and made for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.  With Diane Marshall and the Bennett family in attendance, it was like a DVWG step back in time and, much as these write-ups traditionally involve a welcome to any new participants, it would be quite remiss not to remark upon the most welcome return of these familiar faces!