Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2-in-1 walk - November 11th

Posted 11/11/2018

In another outing for this format of walk, we saw a healthy attendance of twelve adults and four youngsters.  As it was the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, before departure the group observed two minutes silence on the stroke of 11am, to commemorate those who did not return from conflict.  We then set off from Clayton West down the main road back towards Wakefield.  After the first footpath on our proposed route turned out to be fenced off, we diverted a little further than planned along the noisy main road before finding our way to more tranquil territory.  Our path, unfortunately turned out to be extremely boggy and a few of us found ourselves with wet feet early on!  Things did improve, however and we eventually found pleasant paths leading us to Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Here, we took a look round the varied and impressive art installations before ascending to the woodland picnic area to take lunch, at which point the group split up.  The eight wanting a shorter walk returned to the lake, crossing Cascade Bridge, whilst the remaining eight proceeded further around the north bank of the lake, before crossing and following the south bank through Menagerie Woods back to the south end of Cascade Bridge.  Both parties made separate ascents upon the Barnsley Boundary Walk path, the shorter walk bailing half way to pick up an indistinct westward path to pick up the Kirklees Way back to Clayton West.  Meanwhile those on the longer walk continued the seemingly endless ascent to Litherop Road, which was followed into High Hoyland, passing the church on the left before taking a bridleway on the right, down the edge of the woods to Bilham Grange and then via Bilham Road and High Street to the start point.

The short walk team had by now holed up in The Woodman pub but were soon reunited with the others for welcome refreshments by a roaring fire.  Talking of welcome, we extended greetings to a couple of new faces today in Meg Turner and Russell Yapp.  We hope to see you both on another walk soon.  Thanks as ever, to all who attended for your continued support of the group.