Dearne and Billingley Family walk - Jan 21st

Posted 21/1/2018

A cold day around Goldthorpe was lent some added beauty by an unexpected snowfall.  Our party of twelve adults and two children set off from near Goldthorpe Station, following the railway line to emerge by the old greyhound stadium.  From here we made our way back to the main road through Highgate and southwards to pick up the dismantled railway - a well surfaced and elevated track offering some enjoyable walking.  We then doubled back to pick up a path back towards Billingley but were confused a little by a re-route of the path caused by an industrial complex which our route and maps pre-dated.  The re-routed path does not seem well used and petered out after crossing a brook.  With little choice we had to ascend to the main road and proceed with little scenery and obtrusive traffic noise to get back en route at Billingley Green Lane.

Proceeding into the village we departed on a picturesque path across fields to pick up the dismantled railway once again and following it back to the greyhound stadium, from where we retraced our steps to the start point.

Unfortunately, from the section along the main road, the snow had turned to wet sleet and the cold, wet conditions got the better of poor Oliver who, at about the furthest point from the car, became distraught and cried all the way back. Not the best end to an otherwise pleasant local jaunt.

Despite the freezing cold, we extend a warm welcome to Brian and Tracy Hickling, who walked with us for the first time today. We hope to see you again in better conditions!