Wantley Dragon Walk - March 2nd

Posted 2/3/2019

A walk in the sunshine again for Dearne Valley Walking Group today as we completed the Wantley Dragon Walk in weather which is quite unseasonal for early March.

The walk was taken from the Stocksbridge Welcomes Walkers website and is well worth completing with some stunning views of both Wharncliffe Crags and the reservoirs in the Ewden Valley to take in.

Starting from just outside Deepcar the walk follows the byway of Common Lane and onto Townend Common, a local nature reserve. We walked onto Bitholmes Wood and the Wantley Dragon monument.

The Wantley Dragon is satirical ballad from the 17th century and is linked to Wharncliffe Crags too, the monument is worth a visit.

We continued carrying out a circle of the woodland, pausing for lunch in the wood and then re-tracing our steps steeply uphill, this was quite tough.

We ventured on to Walders Low, a burial chamber for a local Bronze Age chieftain before taking a steady descent along the edge of Stocksbridge Golf Club and along the adjacent road back to Common Lane and the end of this six miles adventure.

The walk was led in a competent manner by Alex Bennett, who is currently practicing for his D of E Gold award, thank you Alex for leading today.

The attendance today was outstanding with twenty three adults and two children completing the walk not to mention five dogs too. The healthy attendances at walks are continuing as Dearne Valley Walking Group continues to go from strength to strength as the groups tenth year draws to a close.

We were joined by six new walkers today too, therefore a big hello and welcome goes out to Carmel & Keith Seston, Keith Fox, Will Lepley, Abi Atkin and Emily Kay, we hope you choose to walk with us again soon.

Our walk was rounded off in true DVWG style with a beer and chat at the Castle Inn in Bolsterstone.

We hope everyone enjoyed the walk today and thank you for your continued support of DVWG.