Manners Wood & Wye Valley Walk & Bakewell Christmas Market - 25th November

Posted 25/11/2018

On a bit of a murky, misty autumn day, we convened in Bakewell for a short stroll, before taking in the Christmas Market at this charming Peak District town.  Our start was delayed, somewhat, due to the thousands of other people eager to take in this charm caused a fair bit of parking chaos!  We eventually departed the town, crossing the golf course to undertake a relentless ascent through Manners Wood.  Our decent through the woodland brought us into sight of Haddon Hall, before our route curved back towards the River Wye, which we broadly followed on paths and tracks back to Bakewell.

Here we separated to take in the town and markets and for some, the obligatory pint before heading home. 15 adults and 3 youngsters made up today's healthy attendance and made for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.  With Diane Marshall and the Bennett family in attendance, it was like a DVWG step back in time and, much as these write-ups traditionally involve a welcome to any new participants, it would be quite remiss not to remark upon the most welcome return of these familiar faces!

Bretton Clough Walk - November 17th

Posted 18/11/2018

A misty start to the day, en-route to this walk with many of us battling around a road closure to reach The Barrel in Bretton to start this walk.

For those of us who drove across Strines Moor we were rewarded with a superb view of autumn yellow and brown foliage after a mild season, making the moor just about as picturesque as it has ever been.

It was somewhat misty at The Barrel as we looked out over Wardlow and Foolow before our walk, our party had a delicious coffee at the pub before commencing.

The start of our walk resulted in having to negotiate an awkward diversion around a closed byway on Hucklow Edge, causing some early difficulties, however with this overcome we got back on track walking across fields near Camphill Flying Club.

The next part was to cross Abney Moor, which was relatively easy with a wide, level path right across. The moor commands some superb views, we could clearly see Yorkshire Bridge at Ladybower Reservoir from here.

After a lunch break at the Wolf Pit we continued along the higher parts of Abney Moor and descended steadily into the village. The village was quite picturesque.

We then descended into Abney Clough, here the views opened up quite widely and the valley revealed some absolutely stunning views in the autumn sunshine, both rugged due to the steep hills surrounding but stunning autumn colours and views of Bretton Brook below.

Upon reaching the bottom of the valley we turned towards Bretton Clough which was also quite beautiful, looking down the valley to Mill Wood and Highlow Wood, Terry Sinar commented that the wider valley gave a view quite similar to the foothills of The Alps.

The path through Bretton Clough is very poorly waymarked, however referencing our OS map against farm buildings and the contours managed to keep us on track, for a very steep ascent from Bretton Clough back onto Hucklow Edge to see the view down into Foolow in the late afternoon autumn sunshine.

A final group photo for our party of eight walkers was followed by a beer in front of the log burner in The Barrel before starting the journey home.

Well done to the party of eight walkers who completed this walk, 7.4 miles with 1200 feet of ascent, unfortunately most of the ascent is concentrated into the last 1.5 miles which added to our feeling of accomplishment and fatigue at the end of the walk.

This walk is well worth either repeating in springtime or modifying slightly to modifying slightly to explore more of this area, a small area of the Peak District which DVWG have not walked.

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.  

IMPORTANT - Change of start point 11th November

Posted 7/11/2018

Unfortunately it has been necessary to move the start point of the Sculpture Park Walk on Sunday November 11th due to the eye-watering £11 car parking charge at the YSP.

The new start point is:

Junction Inn
Langley Lane
Clayton West
West Yorkshire

Please meet at 11am, the walk is still YSP

Totley Moor Walk - November 3rd

Posted 4/11/2018

A great 8.22 miles walk today around Totley Moor which was hugely enjoyable despite the constant wind.


Starting from Owler Bar, we started with some walking alongside the A621 before entering the Longshaw Estate, crossing the moor to Barbrook Reservoir navigating  across the Moor to the nearby Bronze Age Stone Circle. The monument is somewhat buried in long grass and GPS is essential to locate it. It was well worth seeing tough.

From here we crossed Barbrook Bridge and climbed the Moor to Lady’s Cross a parish boundary marker dating back to the 12th century.

Retracing our steps to the other side of Barbrook Bridge and onto Totley Moor, which could prove to be very bleak in poor weather, reaching the top and the Trig point.

During our lunch break Karen pointed out to us all how clear the view was, with the aid of her binoculars to initially identify Meadowhall, Ikea and even traffic crossing the Tinsley Viaduct on the M1 !!

We descended towards Totley following the Sheffield Country Walk before ascending Holling Hill.

From here we walked through the stunning Gillfield Wood which looked excellent in the mid autumn colours before ascending once again to Storth House.


The final part of the walk was alongside the road from the outskirts of Holmesfield back to Owler Bar and a welcome beer in The Peacock pub.


Well done to the 11 people who attended this walk, it is one certainly worth repeating.

Bradfields & Dam Flask Walk - October 28th

Posted 4/11/2018

A group of 12 enjoyed a rather hilly 6.6 mile walk around Damflask Reservoir from High Bradfield today.

On a sunny but cool day our group set off from the Old Horns Inn, taking a path down the side of the Church which descended to Kirk Bridge and Low Bradfield. Here we took the road bridge over the water and then followed the path along the northern shore of Damflask Reservoir where it clearly evident just how low the water level was in the reservoir.

We then dropped down Stacey Lane to descend Stacey Bank and then skirted the village of Dungworth before making our way along the road for a short stretch and to take a steep path down Rickett Bank. Unfortunately, the slippy stile proved a little too much for Liz Davies who had a small tumble but after a quick dusting down she was fit to continue and we made our way along the path running parallel to Ughill Brook as it climbed slowly up hill.

Before the path reached the road we took a short lunch break which, with all eyes watching the dark black clouds approaching overhead, was punctuated by a short hail shower. With coats quickly donned we then pushed on to reach the road which we took passing Woodhouse Farm and then turned left to follow Hoar Stones Road as the weather brightened up again.

At Foxholes Farm Cottages we took Mill lee Road which we followed back into Low Bradfield. A second trip across the road bridge followed before we took a path off Lamb Hill accessed by narrow, short, steep steps. As he started to ascend back to High Bradfield we were subjected to our second hail shower of the day, this time lasting considerably longer, as it stopped just as we reached the road just before returning to the Old Horns Inn.

A swift drink in the Inn followed for several of our party as they dried out before departing for home.

Finally, congratulations to Audrey Brownridge who has now walked 100 miles in the season to date.

Sorry for the website problems

Posted 2/11/2018

Some of you may have noticed some serious service outages of late.  We may not be out of the woods yet so please report any issues to me (Nick) asap but things are returning to normal.  Thank you for your patience!