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.