Sprotbrough Scarecrow Festival Family Walk - 8th Sept

Posted 8/9/2019

With just over two weeks to go until this walk, the attendees list stood at the walk leader's family and one other person! The attendance list sky-rocketed as the event got closer, with a further six who had not pre-booked lunch, turning up on the day.  In total we had 21 adults and 5 kids assembled at the start!

Summer made a desperate effort to cling on for us for one more day and a morning of blazing sunshine helped set a cheery mood.  Parking was not as complicated as we'd feared it may be and the walk got off to a reasonably prompt start, passing from the Boat Inn through Sprotbrough Flash Nature Reserve (or nettle reserve, as it turned out!).  Descending from here to the river bank, we then returned, passing our start point and continuing along the towpath, almost until it passes beneath the A1. Here, we ascended a long staircase to emerge on the outskirts of Sprotbrough village.  Armed with a map of scarecrow locations, we then did a quick tour of the village to see some of the excellent themed scarecrows on display. 

As the festival is a charity event, the local church hall was staffed with volunteers selling tea and cakes to raise money and our group were naturally more than happy to partake. Whilst Mark then contacted the Newton Arms to make a last-ditch addition to our lunch booking, we took in a couple more scarecrows on New Lane and Cadeby Road, before descending a footpath adjacent to the local primary school back to our start point. 

From here, we all took the short drive to the Newton Arms for their highly-recommended carvery, which did not disappoint before departing home.  All except Mark, that is.  Having rung the Newton Arms to get booked in, he failed to realise that this was not the pub the walk started from and, having holed himself up in there for a crafty pint whilst the rest of us visited the last few scarecrows, he was baffled when nobody joined him! Still, he got to the right pub in the end so no harm done!

The mileage came in at 4.2 miles and we thank everyone who attended this short but most pleasant stroll. A warm welcome goes out to Lesley Ayres, Ethan Turner and Oliver Williams-Vipurs, who stepped out with us for the first time today.  I hope everyone enjoyed today's outing and we hope to see you all again soon.

Crich, Sherwood Foresters & Cromford Canal Walk - August 31st

Posted 1/9/2019

Occasionally DVWG re-visit a walk which we’ve completed previously and it becomes clear that we had forgotten how nice the walk was. Our Crich & Sherwood Foresters walk was no exception and it was a great day out for DVWG completing our circuit of Crich and the Cromford which we originally did back on July 11th 2015, way before most of our regular walkers were with DVWG.

Our party met at High Peak Junction just outside Cromford where the Cromford Canal and the High Peak Trail meet, it was a belated start as Peter Bentley had difficulty both finding the start point and knowing what his left and right are. Peter has kindly agreed to wear a pair of Jimmy Cricket style wellingtons in order to make his navigation easier in future.

The say started with a quick presentation as Shelly and Kate Summerell received their seasonal prizes for 2018/19 season.

The walk commenced with climbing from High Peak Junction through Lea Bridge and climbing steeply through the village of Holloway finally crossing fields and emerging in Wakebridge.

From here we started climbing once again through the woods to emerge at the edge of Crich Tramway Village, (well worth a visit), here we paused for a while to admire a passing tram before taking the final path up to the Sherwood Forrester’s Memorial Monument. The highest point in the area, where there were some great views.

The plan was to ascend the tower, however after starting our lunch break, there was a torrential downpour and we hastily put on waterproofs and continued our walk in rather poor conditions.

Descending into Crich village we stopped at the Black Swan for refreshment, this led to Diane Marshal encountering a rather unfriendly local, however after a quick drink the rain had stopped and the sun was out making pleasant conditions to continue our walk and more importantly to dry out!

A descent through the stunning Crich Chase was next to reach the historic Cromford Canal. Our final part of the walk was a 3.5 miles walk along the towpath of the disused canal back to High Peak Junction.

The canal basin is quite fascinating. Nature has taken over and there are some beautifully picturesque sections of the canal. This is coupled with quite a few artefacts and buildings remaining from the canal’s industrial past still in evidence. This made for a very pleasant stroll back to the end of the walk.

Well done to the nine adults and one child who completed this beautiful walk. Special congratulations go to Audrey Brownridge who completed her DVWG 500 miles on this walk and quite rightly was treated to a congratulatory round of applause by the assembled group at the end of the walk. Well done Audrey from everyone at DVWG and we hope your Spork Worm clears up soon!

Greasbrough Evening Walk - August 29th

Posted 29/8/2019

Our final summer evening walk of 2019 was a lovely 3.5 miles walk starting from the Yellow Lion in Greasbrough through the Wentworth estate (twice) and along part of the Roman Ridge.

Thank you to the 17 people who attended.

DVWGs summer evening walks have attracted some great attendances this year, thanks to everyone who has attended.

Please watch out for details of our annual After Dark Walk on Friday January 3rd 2020. The walk will be in its tenth year and we will be releasing details of the venue very soon.

Eyam Walk - August 24th

Posted 24/8/2019

The starting point for the group of 6 adults and 1 dog was the car park near the village Museum. From here we walked westwards along the village’s main street, making a slight detour to admire the first of the well dressings before turning sharply left onto Windmill Lane and then continuing onto Tideswell Lane. A short way along here we took a narrow path on the right between the houses.


This path took us across a series of small fields, crossing numerous stone walls by a combination of stiles and gates to the small village of Foolow. On reaching Foolow we went and admired their well dressings and then half of our party took advantage of the village hall selling drinks and cakes. Once we were reunited we headed to the local pub to top up our liquids due to the heat. 


On leaving the pub suitably refreshed we set off down the main road heading towards the A623 where we turned left and followed a track which took our group back to back to Tideswell Lane. On our approach to Eyam we turned left crossing a field and then paths which brought us out opposite Eyam Hall. From here we turned right and made our way to the last two well dressings. At this point as a group we decided that due to the heat further refreshments were required so we quickly made our way to the nearest pub. 


After a pleasant stop in the beer garden our party returned through the village back to our starting point. Well done to everyone who completed today’s 6 mile walk in very warm conditions.

Hoyland Common Evening Walk - August 21st

Posted 22/8/2019

A great walk tonight from Hoyland Common over to Worsbrough and back for 14 walkers with DVWG. Covering 4.84 miles, we came within a whisker of an impromptu after dark walk.

Starting from the Hare & Hounds at Hoyland Common we walked to Tinker Lane and immediately encountered a blocked footpath that prevent us reaching Tankersley Common Side. A quick diversion down a track known locally as Pump House Lane rectified this and we walked footpaths close to the disused shaft of Rockingham Colliery and emerged in Birdwell.

A tricky, muddy footpath then tested our resolve but we continued to the Edmunds Arms where we took a quick refreshment break.

By this time light was already starting to fade so our return to Hoyland was rather brisk and uphill through Shortwood, emerging near the end of Kirk Balk.

Returning to footpaths we descended back into Hoyland Common at dusk and to the end of our walk.

This was a quite lovely walk which has scope to extend and explore some of the off shoots and former railway lines in Shortwood somewhat further.

Well done to everyone who walked, especially Barry Hirst, Maz Dawson and Susan Richmond who walked with DVWG for the first time tonight.


Yorkshire Wolds Way Stage 2 - 11th August

Posted 11/8/2019

A small group of 5 adults completed our second stage of the Yorkshire Wolds Way today from South Cave to Towthorpe Corner Picnic site, a distance of 13.05 miles.

After meeting up at the Wolds Way Café next to the picnic area the positive of having a small group was that we only needed to take one car to the start point of Little Wold Lane at South Cave in order to transport all our walkers.

Leaving the car we had a short walk along the main road before we turned left onto the Yorkshire Wolds Way just after the last building on the road. We followed this as we climbed through Little Wold Plantation and then dropped down through Comber Dale.

Another ascent followed as we crossed and then walked alongside the former Hull to Barnsley railway line and then climbed through East Dale. After a while we dropped down through Swin Dale before a gradual ascent of Newbald Wold saw us stop for a lunch break.

As we passed the Sober Hill Wind Farm we passed an adjacent trig point to gradually descend Hessleskew Lane  as we made our way to Goodmanham. Unfortunately, this saw us have to climb once again but once we reached the village we opted for a stop at the licensed Fiddle Drill café for beer/coffee/tea and, of course, cake!

After leaving the café we had a short gentle ascent back to Towthorpe Corner Picnic site from where our driver to the start point was taken to collect his car.

Well done to the five who completed this walk. Thankfully, barring one short rain shower, the weather held up and was quite accommodating for walking with a slightly cooling breeze at times.

Stamford Bridge & Kexby Walk - 4th August

Posted 4/8/2019

On a warm sunny day a decent turnout of 12 adults and 2 children descended on Stamford Bridge for a fairly flat 7 mile circular walk to the outskirts of the village of Kexby and back.

Starting from the free car park close to the river we headed along the riverside path and under the impressive grade 2 listed former railway viaduct which used to carry the York to Beverley railway line before it closed in 1965.

Continuing along the path our route slowly diverged from the river as we made our way to the small picturesque village of Catton. Walking along the main street we passed the Gold Cup Inn where, after a short debate, we opted not to call off due to the forecast of heavy rain and thunderstorms during mid-afternoon.

We left Catton taking a bridleway from Town End Farm which emerged on the main A1079 by the side of Kexby House. Taking a short walk westwards along the main road we crossed the river and immediately picked up the Minster Way route which runs alongside the opposite bank of the river.

A short way along this path it opened out on a field where we stopped for lunch before continuing along the Minster Way back to Stamford Bridge where we completed our walk with a drink at the New Inn pub – just as it started to rain!

Well done to the 14 people who completed this walk, especially young Oliver Powell who managed brilliantly to complete the distance – with a bit of help from Dad!