Rufford Country Park & The Major Oak 2 In 1 Walk - 8th Dec

Posted 9/12/2019

Yesterday a group of thirteen adults and two children met up at Rufford Country Park in Nottinghamshire for our 2-in-1 Walk which included a visit to the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest for those taking the longer option.

The weather was surprisingly good for December, if a little windy which made it quite cool in exposed areas. We started by leaving the Country Park to travel for a short distance along a footpath along the side of the A614 before crossing and joining the Robin Hood Way which we followed for a good way along the walk.

After skirting the edge of the Centre Parcs Holiday Village, we passed Broadoak Brake and then reached the River Maun where the those taking the shorter route branched off to the right, following a path alongside the river and passing through Lidgett village before taking a long straight path alongside the railway line as far as the A614.

At this point this group faced the very tricky task of crossing the busy A614 by a railway bridge with little view of oncoming traffic. Once the main road was safely crossed the group followed a path which ran parallel to Rainworth Water to emerge back at Rufford Country Park by Rufford Mill.

Those taking the longer route branched left at the River Maun and then followed a path past Villa Real Farm to reach Sherwood Forest. A short walk through the scenic woodland paths brought us to the Major Oak where we took advantage of the picnic benches to take our lunch break.

We then continued past the site of the former visitor centre, which is now a forest restoration area, following the new path that took us past the new visitor centre to emerge in Edwinstowe.

Our route took us through the village to then join the same path alongside the railway line that the group doing the shorter walk took. The advantage we had was that local knowledge from Kate Payton advised us to take a short farm track on the right before we reached the busy A614 which allowed us to cross with far more visibility than our other group had had. Once we had done so we continued on the same route as the shorter walk back to Rufford Country Park.

After making our way part way around the lake we met up with those that had remained from the shorter walk and, on the recommendation of Russell Yapp, we made the short trip to the Maypole Inn at Wellow for a deserved drink while a few enjoyed a superb Sunday lunch – a great recommendation Russell!

Well done to the six people who walked the 6 mile shorter route and to the nine who completed the 9 mile longer route. Also, welcome to Kerry who walked with us for the first time yesterday.

Finally, congratulations go to Steve Pennock who has now clocked up 1000 miles walked with DVWG and to both David Kirk and Audrey Brownridge who have both surpassed 100 miles walked in the season to date.

Brodsworth Saunter and Christmas Luncheon - 1st Dec

Posted 1/12/2019

On this chilly but sunny morning, our party of 18 assembled at Brodsworth Community Woodland car park.  Our 6 mile route had originally been planned from the Pickburn Arms but as this is now closed, a little extension had to be added. So, skirting the northern boundary of this pleasant country park, we crossed the A1 via a footbridge near Pickburn Village. Descending to the village, we picked up a local lane taking us through grassland, woodland and farmland to pick up a track adjacent to wind turbines, heading north to Hampole Wood.  Skirting the boundary of this private woodland on two sides, we then entered the wood via a marked right of way.  Exiting the woodland we rejoined the local lane briefly, in search of a footpath to Brodsworth.  Although the footpath itself was across a field and had been obliterated by ploughing, there was a well tended grassy track around the field edge which we used to pick up our original route.  After a little detour through the beautiful Brodsworth Hall estate (with permission from the Estate Office, I might add!) we followed the road back to Pickburn and retraced our steps to the car park. The slight extension took the total mileage to almost exactly 7 miles.

Well done to the 14 adults and four juniors who completed this pleasant, albeit largely unchallenging route. A welcome goes out to Diane Farnaby who walked with us for the first time today.

The majority of our party then drove to the Scawsby Mill pub a couple of miles away for an excellent 3-course festive feast with crackers and all the trimmings.  This early Christmas cheer made for a fine conclusion to another fine day out for our group.  Thanks must also go to Scawsby Mill for their excellent provisions and attentive service.

See you all again soon!

Cawthorne Walk - November 24th

Posted 25/11/2019

A fine walk today for DVWG around the High Hoyland and Cawthorne area.

A party of 18 adults, 2 children and 5 dogs  undertook this walk in surprisingly good weather, following the previous day’s deluge.

Descending from High Hoyland through Cawthorne Park, we encountered iffy conditions, reaching Cannon Hall Country Park, walking towards Jowett House and on towards Deffer Woods. Jowett House Beck had become swollen and blocked our path, yet Russell Yapp somehow overcame this as he finished up sat in the beck !

A lunch break before we entered Deffer Woods where we ascended the central track through the wood to return to the outskirts of High Hoyland, the track was firm underfoot.

Crossing the road we picked up a bridle way which headed in the direction of Scissett, where we reached Wheatley Hill Farm and a badly signed footpath, taking the farm track to get back to our intended path. Here we encountered two large explosion noises, intended to deter trespassers, this momentarily put our party on edge.

Crossing Upper Common we then encountered a quagmire, the photo of the ensuing chaos this caused is quite a sight, during this time of chaos Keith Seston slipped and fell in a spectacular but unartistic manner, a contender for DVWG fall of the decade.

We re-grouped and faced the field which blocked our path to the road, freshly, deeply ploughed with no path through, therefore a diversion around the field edge and another quagmire was taken.

Next was an ascent of Swallow Hill which was also muddy, our party was beginning to tire and shortly before reaching the road Sue Case showed us that she has a hidden gymnastic talent slipping and performing a forward roll to the road, which wasn’t caught on camera. Sue point blankly refuses to do it again to enable the incident to be photographed.

More mud around Hollin House Farm led us to a wooded plantation and Hoyland Hill and the end of our walk back at The Cherry Tree pub.

Well done to the large party who undertook this six mile mud bath of a walk. Thankfully we all laughed heartily at the various mishaps from the terrible conditions underfoot and worked together in true DVWG fashion to overcome the various obstacles on this six mile outing.

A big welcome goes out to Clare Elizabeth, Marie Maule and Liz Evans who joined our group for the first time today and laughed along with us on the way, we hope you choose to join us on a walk again soon.

A beer at The Cherry Tree brought our day out to an end, ample reward for our efforts.

Castleton Christmas Light Walk - November 16th

Posted 16/11/2019

 A good day out in Castleton for our group for the Christmas light switch on, in surprisingly dry and calm conditions.

Commencing from the village centre a quite steep ascent awaited the beginning of the walk on Cow Low on some dubiously marked and trodden footpaths.

Reaching Rowter Farm we picked up the Limestone Way, which we followed back to Castleton via Cave Dale.

The path through Cave Dale can often be challenging due to the paths steepness and the rocky conditions underfoot. Today was no exception the path was a running steam of water following the recent torrential rains.

Our party remained safe and emerged into Castleton which was in full swing of preparation for the Christmas light switch on later that day.

The switch on and parade from Father Christmas is a popular event in the village and a great spectacle, this year was no exception.

Following the switch on we went our separate ways and took the steady journey home.

Well done to the party of fourteen adults and two children who completed this slightly challenging 4 mile route.

Hope you all had a great day.

Locke Park Toddler Walk - 10th November

Posted 12/11/2019

A party of fifteen assembled in Locke Park car park for this short and steady jaunt.  Given recent flooding around South Yorkshire, the decision was taken to keep the walk within the confines of the park, where the paths are surfaced.  We had proposed an extension to this to Rob Royd Farm but with the walk aimed at our very youngest participants, the risks of waist deep mud or impassable paths was too high to trust to chance.

Nevertheless, the park afforded us 1.6 miles of such paths, which Maya and for the most part Ella, managed with aplomb.  There were bits of exercise equipment and trees to swing on for the older kids and, of course the play area at the end.  Given the bright sunshine, we managed to make a full morning out of it and the kids all seemed to enjoy.

We were pleased to welcome Emma, Lowri and Edith Nicholls to our ranks of participants and hope to see them join us again in the future. Thanks as ever to everyone who walked for supporting our group and particularly for your support of our youngest participants. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Merchandise Order in November

Posted 5/11/2019

We are taking orders for various items of club merchandise at very reasonable prices.

Items for sale are:

Classic Cuffed Beanie Hat

Embroidered Baseball Cap

Water Bottle

2020 Calendar

DVWGs new online shop is now up and running - click on the Buy section for details, or orders can be placed in person with committee members on walks.

The shop page is live until November 24th to allow time for pre Christmas delivery of items ordered.

Magpie Mine & Lathkill Dale Walk - November 2nd

Posted 3/11/2019

Eight of DVWGs finest took part in a rewarding walk in the White Peak in persistent rain.

Starting from Over Haddon walking along footpaths onto Bole Hill and passing the remnants of Magshaw Mine before walking a further mile to the Magpie Mine, where we were rewarded with a magnificent site which is worth our f further exploration.

Some more walking across field paths saw us emerge in Monyash where we stopped for some liquid refreshment at The Bulls Head, where some of our party took the opportunity for a clandestine lunch.

Retracing our steps our of the village we reached Beresford Dale which was in an awful condition with plenty of boot top mud.

We entered Lathkill Dale and walked it’s full length back to Over Haddon. The Dale looked magnificent in autumn colours, the fast flowing wiers added to the view.

Walking across the Dale Andrea took an awkward tumble, which could have been mistaken for either praying to Mecca or kneeling on the banks of the Ganges. Certainly Andrea was lucky to finish the walk, as Audrey had made several attempts to impale her with her walking pole during the day.

A tough ascent back into Over Haddon meant the end of our 9.6 miles walk which we had duly squelched round.

A beer at the Lathkill Hotel which overlooks the dale was reward for our party of eight. Well done to everyone.

A great walk, which we should repeat, hopefully in better weather.