Rockley Blast Furnace Family Walk - October 18th

Posted 18/10/2015

A rainy romp round Rockley but a pleasant one nevertheless!

Today's turnout of 23 comprised two kids in sit-in rucksacks, 5 kids under their own steam and 16 adults.  Starting out from the Edmunds Arms, we took a nearby footpath down to the A61 just south of Worsbrough Bridge.  Crossing this road we proceeded on a broad track to Rockley Old Hall and down the drive to cross the M1 footbridge.  Emerging from this track near Rockley Equestrian Centre, we continued via Queen Anne's Obelisk on the edge of the Stainborough Estate, crossing fields into Broom Royd Wood.

A track then took us through a caravan site, crossing Rockley Dike and opened out onto the road adjacent to the picturesque Rockley Dam and the furnace engine house.  Entering woodland here, we explored the engine house and blast furnace over a brief lunch before retracing our steps to the road.  Following a noisy crossing beneath the M1, a steep, muddy path took us to the edge of Birdwell, where a steep, stone stile ascended to the pavement on the A61.  Again crossing this busy road, we took our final path behind the houses and cemetery to its end in Worsbrough Village.

A short amble back to the pub saw our party duly refreshed for the second consecutive family walk, with the finest and frugally-priced offerings of Mr Samuel Smith! Despite a dismal downpour at an inopportune time - just as we approached the furnace itself - everyone seemed to enjoy the outing and were in good spirits over post-walk drinks.

As ever, our thanks go out to all who made the effort to attend this one.