Two Trails Walk

Posted 11/2/2018

Another lovely local walk this weekend for DVWG, with us repeating a walk which we first did way back in early 2013, our Two Trails Walk.

Starting from the Spencer’s Arms in Cawthorne, our walk left the village via Cawthorne Park picking up the Barnsley Boundary Walk through Deffer Wood to High Hoyland. It is fair to say that our path through Deffer Wood was pretty tough, not only the steep ascent but the quite deep and treacherous mud on route too.

After a quick breather in High Hoyland we continued along the Barnsley Boundary path above Deep Haigh Wood which commanded some wonderful views of the wider Barnsley borough.

The walk continued along Barnsley Boundary path entering the Bretton Estate and descending into the Yorkshire Sculpture Park crossing the lakes and following the Lower Lake path out of the park towards Huddersfield Road.

After a short lunch break in the sunshine, we left the Sculpture Park and passed underneath the M1 to the outskirts of Haigh, here we changed paths to follow the Dearne Way.

Walking alongside the River Dearne was also quite challenging with large amounts of the 1.5 stretch between Haigh & Darton being severely waterlogged.

Upon arrival in the centre of Darton, it was time to stop for a quick drink at the newly opened Old Co-op Ale House, which is co-owned by Alasdair Twist who occasionally walks with DVWG.

After swift half of Old Grumpy Blonde beer it was time to head for the end of the walk, ascending through Kexbrough and back into Cawthorne Park before a short walk through the village led us to the end of the walk.

Well done to the ten people who completed this 9.15 miles walk, in quite muddy conditions, although it has to be said that the weather was much better than predicted, staying almost rain free for the duration of the walk and we were treated to some rather welcome winter sunshine too.