Roche Abbey Walk - January 7th

Posted 7/1/2018

Our second walk of the weekend was our 7 mile Roche Abbey Walk.

In excellent winter walking weather of cold but dry conditions our group started from Roche Abbey itself, walking directly past the former gatehouse before bearing right past the remains of the Cistercian monastery and into King’s Wood.

As we exited King’s Wood we joined Colonel’s Halt where we left the woodland and made our way across muddy and slippy open fields as we climbed gradually up to Slade Hooton and then on to Brookhouse. Here we stopped for an impromptu refreshment stop at the Travellers Rest pub before leaving along a footpath at the back of the pub via stile. As we made our way southwards our turnaround point of All Saints Church at Laughton-en-le-Morthen could be seen ahead in the distance.

At the end of the path we joined Brookhouse Lane, which we followed almost as far as the church. However, before reaching it we turned right onto Rotherham Road for 100 yards before taking a footpath on the left which took us around the site of the remains of the motte and bailey castle at Castle Hill which dates back to the 5th century AD. We then took a path back to the church grounds when we enjoyed a short lunch break.

All Saints Church dates back to Saxon times and was originally the Mother Church to a large area. The original Saxon church was built around 937AD but was destroyed on 1069/1070 and rebuilt by the Normans in 1190 but was destroyed again in 1322. The present church was built around 1377.

After lunch we left the church going northwards on High Street for 100 yards before taking a path on the right. This took us across Hooton Lane and eastwards along East Field back towards King’s Wood. Along here we had excellent views across towards Slade Hooton and the route of our outwards journey.

We approached King’s Wood via Slade Hills and took a track through the heart of King’s Wood which brought us out on King’s Wood Lane. This we followed over Firbeck Dike to Mill Farm where we then took a footpath on the left to take us alongside Firbeck Dike and back to Roche Abbey.

This was a fully exhilarating walk which was enjoyed by our group of 19 adults and 4 children.

It also marked a landmark for one of our regular walkers, Emma Powell, who surpassed 1000 miles walked with the group during this walk. Well done from everyone at DVWG on this achievement Emma.

Finally a big hello to Julie Elliott who walked with DVWG for the first time today.