Ripon & Studley Park - 9th Dec

Posted 9/12/2018

Nine people made the trip to North Yorkshire and weren’t disappointed with as Dearne Valley Walking Group undertook a lovely 8.5 mile walk from the cathedral city of Ripon.

With all of our group having arrived early and enjoyed a hearty breakfast at various eateries we set off southwards from outside Ripon Cathedral to cross the River Skell on King Street Bridge before joining the riverside path westwards alongside the river. This we followed as far as a small park and paddling pool to emerge on Borrage Green Lane.

This we followed as it left the short row of houses behind and we again joined the now rather fast-flowing and swollen River Skell as it made its way through Hell Wath Nature Reserve. Eventually we left the river to emerge at Hell Wath Cottage.

We then followed Whitcliffe Lane as far as Whitcliffe Hall where we then made a gradual ascent of Hum Hill before turning almost back on ourselves to drop quite steeply to again cross the River Skell and then pass Chinese Wood and Devil’s Chimney to enter Studley Park.

After walking around the lake to the café we then made our way up to St. Mary’s Church and after a few minutes admiring the architecture returned to our route to cross Studley Park back towards Ripon with the imposing Cathedral visible in the distance. As we did so we passed an abundance of deer on the left hand side but then Diane Marshall stopped us all in our tracks as she spotted what turned out to be the Kilburn White Horse beyond the Cathedral in the distance.

We branched away from the main roadway to take a path out of the deer park to the small picturesque village of Studley Roger and then continued on well made paths to join the B6265 towards Ripon for a short distance. As we crossed the River Laver we turned to follow it to where it joined the River Skell and then retraced our steps back to the cathedral.

Once back our party immediately made for the Unicorn Hotel for a richly deserved post walk drink.

Well done to the nine people who completed this delightful walk in North Yorkshire on a lovely winter’s day.

Cawthorne Circular Walk - 1st Dec

Posted 2/12/2018

A soggy morning, unfortunately, awaited our party for our Christmas walk and social.  Setting off from Cannon Hall car park, we took a short stretch on road to Jowett House Farm, where we picked up a path over to Deffer Wood.  Ascending on broad woodland tracks, we emerged on Hollin House Lane, where our elevation would have, on a better day, lavished us with rolling views. Eventually, this extended road section took us Bank End and we took a footpath down to High Hoyland.  Unfortunately, this path and most of the others in our descent were at best indistinct, making navigation challenging. Caroline's mapping app on her phone helped us back onto course on a few occasions!

A slightly delayed start due to a couple of us (walk leaders included) having difficulty paying for parking, combined with a tricky navigation, meant we were running short on time to get back for our lunch booking, resulting in a re-route at the end to just make it back in time, albeit with a slightly unconventional re-entry to the grounds of Cannon Hall Farm!

The day was then saved by a fantastic feed at the White Bull restaurant, before our party went our separate ways.  Well done to the 16 hardy souls who braved this muddy walk and season's greetings to all 20 who attended the meal.

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!

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.  

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.

Luds Church & The Roaches Walk - October 20th

Posted 30/10/2018

Our Roaches Walk was, as ever a wonderful day out for DVWG.

Arriving early for the walk some of our party opted for some refreshment at the wonderful Roaches Tearoom before commencing the walk.

The walk started with a walk up the road, passing Hen Cloud, passing Rock Hall and ascending the steep stone steps onto the beginning of the path on the top of The Roaches.

We soon reached Doxey Pool, one of the country’s top picnic sites, before continuing to the highest point of the ridge marked with a Trig point. There were fabulous views here.

After a customary picture, we continued to Roach End where David Kirk was allegedly seen parting with money for an ice cream.

After our shocked party had regained consciousness, we continued along the path before descending into Forest Wood.

In the autumn sunshine the wood was very busy, a short circuit of the wood led us to the entrance of Lud’s Church, the huge chasm which is said to have links to medieval heresy.

Regardless, visiting Lud’s Church is a must for walking enthusiasts, just to walk through and see its shear size & splendour. 

A lunch break in Forest Wood was followed with a circuit of the wood before retracing our steps across The Roaches, where we descended a slightly different route to the road to avoid the awkward steps.

Returning to the road we found most of our party had received a parking ticket.

A quick beer in the Ye Old Rock, brought to the end this lovely, expensive walk.

Well done to all who attended.

Bronte Classic Walk - October 7th

Posted 9/10/2018

A great day out for DVWG in the Haworth area walking the Bronte Classic Walk.


An early 8AM start for our bus party and the people who chose to make their own way there, assembling in Haworth in time for a cuppa and light breakfast before walking.


A gentle ascent along Penistone Hill out of Haworth led us to the Moors and onto the Millennium Way to Bronte Falls.


We paused here for photo opportunities in the picturesque valley before starting a quite strenuous ascent to Top Withens.


Arriving at Top Withens the weather was now superb and we were pleasantly surprised to find restoration of this important monument is now in progress, a short breather here and we proceeded onto the moor to bag Haworth Moor Trig.

The views on the Moor was simply stunning.


Returning to Top Withens we took a lunch break after we resumed we descended from the Moor along the Pennine Way, here we had an opportunity for a pub stop at The Friendly in Stanbury. The pub certainly lived up to its name.


Resuming our walk, we crossed the dam wall at Lower Laithe Reservoir, taking the short walk into Haworth and the end of our walk.


A great turn out for this 8.2 miles stunning walk, well done to all who completed it.


Special well done to Nicola Royston our first 100 mile walker of the 2018/19 season and to David Richardson & Emily Kirk who both clocked up 900 miles cumulatively on this walk.


After finishing the walk there was time for our party to enjoy a beer, cuppa or browse around Haworth before our journey home.


A rather tired and subdued party boarded the Wombwell bound bus home, thanks to Eastmans Coaches who once again did us proud with transport.


All in all it was another great day out for DVWG.