Swinton Pottery Ponds Walk - April 16th

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 4 | Posted 16/4/2019

DVWGs 10th birthday walking festival reached the half way point tonight in fine style with another superb turnout for this evenings walk around the Swinton area.

Starting from Pottery Ponds we walked through Creighton Woods and footpaths over the Roman Ridge emerging in Rawmarsh.

After walking through Victoria Park and into Warren Vale, pausing to take a look at the ornate bridge.

After a short walk at the roadside we walked towards the edge of Wath Golf Club and finally into Wath Wood where we walked over the longest surviving section of the Roman Ridge and a local dog walker pointed out a medieval well to us too.

Finally we returned to Pottery Ponds to view the Waterloo Kiln the former home of Rockingham Pottery.

Well done to the 22 adults and one junior who completed the walk especially Lynne & Glyn Walker and Alison Cull who walked with DVWG for the first time today.

Afterwards some of our party adjourned to the Gate Inn, Swinton for a post walk beer, the regulars of which gave generously to our bucket collection in aid of YAA. Many thanks to all.

Hooton Pagnell Circular - 15th April

Posted 15/4/2019

Seventeen adults and one child met in Hooton Pagnell for our Circular walk this afternoon. Starting out from the Hostel pub we ventured through the churchyard to take a footpath opposite Hooton Pagnell Hall which took us across Mapple Yard.

A short stretch of road walking followed before we took a path at right angles to the roadway to Frickley Hall which which took us around Hooton Pagnell Wood and then across open fields to Elmsall Lane.

Here we joined the Frickley Railway path which follows the rout of a disused railway line before dropping down to Moorhouse Grange. We then had a short break at Moorhouse Grange’s small orchard before passing the Equestrian Centre and taking Stanwell Lane. This is a rather short, sharp up hill section which eventually brought us out at the top of Lenny Balk.

Our route then took us down the tree lined Byway known as Old Street which then opened out as we passed the edge of Hampole Wood and, after being advised by some local knowledge, we deviated slightly from our original route to continue onto Lound Lane and then took the Narrow Balk path back into the village.

On our return this gave us a slightly extended walk of 6.12 miles. Thanks to everyone who joined us on the walk and we hope to see you on another very soon.

Sprotbrough and Cusworth Walk - 14th April

Posted 14/4/2019

On day two of our festival, another healthy turnout stretched local parking resources as we assembled in Sprotbrough.  Picking up Linear Park, a disused railway line which has been resurfaced for outdoor pursuits, we passed alongside housing where a WWII tank factory once stood.  We then headed on the Cusworth Cycle Trail, passing the Gamekeeper's Cottage and lakes at the foot of the hill where Cusworth Hall stands in its splendour.

From here, we passed though fields on tracks, crossing beneath the A1(M) and emerging near the Ivanhoe pub.  Behind this is a cricket pitch, where we took lunch, watching the match that was in progress, before descending to the 800-year-old St Mary's Church.  Our return leg took us through housing and local woodland, crossing over the A1 to meet Linear Park once again and return to our start point.

We holed up back at the Ivanhoe for refreshments, where the generous locals helped swell Yorkshire Air Ambulance's coffers before we went our separate ways.  22 adult walkers and six children took part today and we welcomed another handful of new faces.

Back marking this one was a certain Dave Richardson, who clocked up 1000 miles walked with the group, so a big well done to him.

Darfield Boundary Walk - April 13th

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 1 | Posted 13/4/2019

It is not very often that DVWG are in a self congratulatory mood about their achievements, however if there is one day to reflect today is the day.

Today is DVWGs 10th birthday and the start of our Dearne Valley Walking Festival, which after several months of planning all came together superbly and an enjoyable day was had by all.

Our day started outside the Old Moor Tavern in Broomhill where the Mayor of Barnsley, Steve Green attended to meet us all and conduct a brief opening ceremony, which entailed posing for a photo with our group whilst shaking hands with DVWG Chairman David Kirk who presented the Mr Green with a commemorative tankard as a thank you for attending.

Our Darfield Boundary Walk kicked off from Broomhill walking along Old Doncaster Road and crossing fields to reach Darfield Bridge, from here we walked the river bank alongside the River Dearne before crossing field paths part of the Dearne Way to reach Edderthorpe Lane.

From here we continued along the Dearne Way before emerging onto Doncaster Road crossing and walking down fields to Netherwood School.

Our walk continued along the River Dove to the Low Valley area finally walking Ings Lane onto Old Moor Wetlands, a superb walk across this area in early afternoon spring sunshine back to Broomhill where our 6 miles walk ended with a beer back at the Old Moor Tavern.

It was a great day for DVWG with a party of 28 adults and two children completing our walk. It was also great to welcome see x new faces to our ranks, therefore a big hello and welcome goes out to Steve Child, Glenys Peace, Shiela Adams, Marion Russell, Steve Ellis and Robina Crabtree who walked with DVWG for the fist time today.

Finally a big well done to Sue Sanders who chalked up 100 miles season to date today too.

We hope to see as many as possible for our walk at Sprotbrough tomorrow.



Roche Abbey, Letwell & Firbeck Walk - 6th April

Posted 6/4/2019

Today Dearne Valley Walking Group completed its 400th walk since formation with a 10.88 mile circular walk from Roche Abbey, taking in the villages of Letwell and FIrbeck along the route. This also marks Dearne Valley Walking Group completing 10 years of operation, with the eleventh getting under way with our Dearne Valley Walking Festival next weekend.

After assembling in the car park our group of eleven walkers passed the former Abbey Gatehouse and rounded the impressive ruins of the Abbey itself with cameras flashing away merrily from most of the group.

Passing through Sandra’s Kissing Gate we walked past the small waterfall at the end of Laughton Pond, taking a path through the edge of King’s Wood before veering off to the left up to the high level path above Slade Hills.

This we followed for a while along field edges until we took a right fork as we reached Laughton en le Morthen. Here our route skirted the village, passing the impressive All Saints Church sited behind where once stood a Motte and Bailey Castle, and then made for the rather derelict looking Church of St John, Throapham.

After passing this we took the bridleway known as Kirk Croft Road which took us out into open farmland to Long Thwaite Wood. We then turned right onto a bridleway which took us across Oldcoates Road onto Leys Lane. A short distance along here we took another bridleway on the left which took us across some recently seeded fields before reaching Church Lane and then the pretty village of Letwell.

Here we took the opportunity to have lunch on the village green, and then continued through this quaint village and out towards Dyscarr Wood – despite the locals appearing to take exception to Russell Yapp!

As we reached the wood we turn left onto Salt Hill Road bridleway which we followed to the village of Firbeck. As we emerged into the village opposite us was the Black Lion Inn which we obviously were obliged to frequent before we could continue along our route.

After a half hour break for a pint we left Firbeck, passing a memorial of the former RAF Firbeck airbase for those who served there while it was open between 1940 and 1948. The memorial is located on the site of the aircraft repair shop.

We continued to pass Stone Farm and then cross the scenic Firbeck Dike at Mill Farm and then took a path on the left which took us back across the abbey grounds to our start point at Roche Abbey.

Well done to the eleven who completed this excellent walk and welcome to Christian Fox and Victoria Wright who walked with Dearne Valley Walking Group for the first time today.

Finally, while there were no individual mliestones today a special mention must go to Sue Sanders who managed to complete this walk despite realising she had picked up the wrong pair of walking boots and had to walk nigh on eleven miles in boots two sizes too big for her!

Knaresborough Walk - 31st March

Posted 31/3/2019

Dearne Valley Walking Group made a trip to North Yorkshire today to the spa town of Knaresborough where nine regulars enjoyed a lovely spring day, taking in a lovely 8.18 mile walk which looped out towards the outskirts of Harrogate and back.

Setting off from the Waterside car park we walked along the riverside, passing the numerous cafes and the famous rowing boats before walking under the much photographed railway viaduct and eventually crossing the main A59 near the entrance to Mother Shipton’s Cave.

Here we took the Harrogate Ringway, also known as the Beryl Burton Cycleway, which took us slowly up hill past Bilton Hall and on to Bilton Lane. Our route then saw us bear right and gradually descend through Spring Wood to the banks of the River Nidd which we followed through the Nidd Gorge, almost as far as Scotton Mill. At this point we took a short, steep path on the left which brought us onto a bridleway to the village of Old Bilton.

As we emerged on the edge of the village in true Dearne Valley Walking Group style we made the very short diversion to the adjacent pub, the Carpenters Arms where we enjoyed an al fresco lunch time drink. This made all the more refreshing on the realisation of how cheap the bar prices were!

After being suitably refreshed we returned to our route, following the road for a short while before joining the route of another cycleway along a former railway line to Starbeck. We followed this for a short while and then ascended to a former railway overbridge and then walked eastwards, passing Longlands Farm to eventually emerge at a junction with the Knaresborough Round route.

This we followed for the remainder of our walk, passing Harrogate Golf Club and crossing the railway line before we took a left fork which crossed Gallow Hill to bring us out at Low Bridge. From here we walked back along the side of the river back to the car park.

Much of the group then made our way to The World’s End pub for a deserved post-walk drink.

Thanks to all those who attended the walk and congratulations to Russell Yapp who has passed 100 miles walked with the group this year and also to Diane Marshall who has now walked over 900 miles cumulatively with us.

Today’s attendance has also seen the group pass a milestone as these last three months have been the group’s most successful ever with 243 adult walks having taken place, beating the previous record of 240 from 2017.

Hoyland Lowe and Hay Green Family Walk - 24th March

Posted 24/3/2019

In a day of surprises, our group enjoyed a splendid outing from Worsbrough Village.  Our first surprise was the clement weather which was milder and drier than forecasts had anticipated.  Which was just as well, as some surprise footpath closures caused significant extension to the route!  A more pleasant surprise on arrival, though, was to see a bumper turnout of 24 adults, 3 children and 3 dogs!

Setting off from Worsbrough Village, we skirted the edge of Blacker Hill (after some minor navigational difficulties) and took a little-trodden but waymarked path through grassy fields, ascending sharply to our lunch stop.  Traversing a further field brought us to our revised crossing point over the A6195 and into Upper Hoyland.  Here, disappointingly, we found the path to Hoyland Lowe Stand to be closed and cordoned off.  Local signage indicated that this is to facilitate refurbishment works upon the folly which has fallen into an advanced state of disrepair.  This is at least welcome as it may be a more resplendent sight on our next visit.  However, it meant a trudge along the road to St Peter's Church to get back onto the return leg of our route, back under Dearne Valley Parkway at Birdwell, ascending via Hay Green back to Worsbrough Village. The revised distance was 4.8 miles - apologies to those with tired legs that this was rather further than advertised.

Our party retired to the Edmunds Arms for refreshments - this being the pub our walking festival social will be held at in just under four weeks time. Please see dvwf.org.uk for further details. We welcomed five new faces today in Mark Turner, John and Sandra Denson and Meg and Steve Wilson. The attendance of these five mean that over 100 adults have now walked with Dearne Valley Walking Group this season and over 300 have walked with us since the formation of the group.  We hope you all enjoyed today's outing and will join us again soon and thank you once again for your continued support.