Sprotbrough and Cusworth Walk - 14th April

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 2 | 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.

The Easter bonnet competition was won by Nicola Royston (adults) and jointly by Rhys and Oliver Powell (juniors).