Covid-19 Statement

Posted 4/1/2021

As expected the Prime Minister has placed England into a national lockdown due to Covid-19. This unfortunately means that DVWG are as of this evening suspending all activities until restrictions are lifted.

We urge everyone to follow the government guidance to reduce the spread of this awful virus.

Please stay safe and we hope to see you all walking with DVWG once restrictions are lifted.

Anyone who has paid for Saturday’s Bradfield walk will be refunded.

Huntsman Hobble - January 3rd

Posted 3/1/2021
Wintry conditions for DVWGs first walk of 2021 at Thurlstone this morning.
There had been no snow overnight and indeed the snow had thawed somewhat but setting off from Thurlstone up High Bank we quickly encountered blizzard conditions as we edged onto Royd Moor.
We quickly made the decision that the walk should be shortened to be a route around Royd Moor and scout Dyke reservoirs, however we could not do this either due to ice on a steep TPT which made the path impassible.
Not to be heated we walked a full lap of Royd Moor Reservoir looking for an exit path into the village only to finish up at the dam wall again.
After a quick coffee stop we took the route along the Penistone Boundary Walk behind Scout Dyke Reservoir which was extremely muddy to reach Thurlstone Top of Town where we descended to Manchester Road and the end of our walk.
Thank you to everyone who came along today on this wintry 5.95 miles walk.

Don Gorge Walk - December 29th

Posted 29/12/2020

After lots of demand for today’s Don Gorge walk, DVWG had put arrangements in place for a split start to this morning’s walk with people who were occupying the reserve list starting the walk 30 minutes after the main group.

Overnight snow led to many people not wishing to journey to Consibrough therefore our party was somewhat depleted, this coupled by the split start giving way to a little confusion all led to a delayed start to this morning’s walk while we assembled ready to start.

Our party of eleven crossed the railway onto the TPT, walking up the hill onto Conisbrough Viaduct and onwards through the woods onto a vantage point across the Don Gorge above the quarry. Both of points giving fantastic views.

We walked back down into Conisbrough around Mill Piece and back alongside the River Don to the end of our walk.

Despite the overnight snow and the mud, the weather was quite sunny, yet crisp, giving us ideal weather for some great views.

Well done to everyone who came along today to our final walk of 2020.

Thurgoland Boundary Walk - December 19th

Posted 19/12/2020

Well it was unseasonably mild today, with lovely winter sun across the area and very mild temperatures for DVWG’s last pre-Christmas outing of 2020, the Thurgoland Boundary Walk.

After now our customary 9.30am start, we left the village of Silkstone Common, passing the Huskar Pit Disaster monument.

Crossing field paths over Berry Moor and Hilltop Plantation, crossing Lower Lee Wood heading for Crane Moor.

The paths were muddy, in places treacherous, as David Kirk found out descending to the village as he fell. Leaving the village resulted in the usual steep climb over some very muddy tracks to the A629.

Crossing the busy road and descending towards Wortley David fell again, we then descended to Wortley Top Forge walking alongside the River Don to the Bridge Inn in low Thurgoland.

A lunch break restored energy before we walked along Mill Lane then flooded fields alongside the River Don to Cheese Bottom in Oxspring and our second steep ascent of the day up Bower Hill, on the roads this time.

By this time the sunlight had started to fade, the temperature had dropped and we all took a steady walk down the TPT back to Silkstone Common and the end of our walk.

As is now customary on our last pre-Christmas walk David had brought along mince pies for everyone before we went our separate ways with season’s greetings ringing in our ears.

Well done to everyone who completed this extremely muddy 9.75 miles walk today, especially John Denson who achieved his 100 miles award on this walk.

Finally DVWG would like to wish all of our walkers a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year after what has been a difficult year for us all.

Enjoy and stay safe everyone.

Moss & Topham Walk - December 12th

Posted 12/12/2020

Great to get out on DVWG walk today trying out a new walk for the group. This was our Moss, Fenwick and Topham Walk.

Starting from the village of Moss we followed muddy paths alongside Fenwick Common Drain, pausing for a drinks stop in the village before walking a footpath in a field adjacent to the East Coast Main Line.

It was the intention. To then follow the River Went to Topham by crossing two bridges where the waterways converged but one of the bridges had been destroyed.

This meant that in order to continue we had to continue on our path to the village of Chapel Hill and walk a lengthy road stretch before returning to the River Went just outside Topham.

En route we had to encounter several damaged stiles and had to circumnavigate a freshly ploughed field where the farmer had kindly destroyed the footpath.

A brief lunch break outside Topham Mill, home of Open All Hours and Last of the Summer Wine writer Roy Clarke, was followed by walking a lengthy road stretch on quiet lanes back to Fenwick before walking field paths through Bunfold Shaw.

Our party of fourteen arrived back in Moss tired and a little wet, (yes it rained too), from this 10 miles epic. This walk could be a lovely one in drier conditions where the paths were not muddy.

Well done to all who attended and walked today, especially Emma Labedzki who qualified for her 100 miles award today.


Bolton Upon Dearne Walk - December 5th

Posted 5/12/2020

DVWG returned to walking in style today with a 6.3 miles walk starting & finishing at Bolton upon Dearne. 

This is the route took in old railways, coal industry heritage, a WW2 site, a lost cemetery, rivers & wetlands. 

Thankfully the weather stayed dry, and the sun shone brightly. beautiful day for it ....lots of mud though.

Thanks as always to Ken Wyatt for leading this walk and for his fabulous local knowledge.

Finally a big well done to Kate Brooke for achieving her DVWG 100 mile award today.

It’s great to be back.

COVID-19 Update

Posted 31/10/2020

Sadly with the government announcement of a further national lockdown from November 5th, DVWG are forced once again to cease our group walks.

We hope that all of our regular walkers and their families remain safe during these difficult times and we hope to be walking again with you all soon.

Please keep in touch.


The DVWG Management Committee