Cawthorne Walk - November 24th

Posted 25/11/2019

A fine walk today for DVWG around the High Hoyland and Cawthorne area.

A party of 18 adults, 2 children and 5 dogs  undertook this walk in surprisingly good weather, following the previous day’s deluge.

Descending from High Hoyland through Cawthorne Park, we encountered iffy conditions, reaching Cannon Hall Country Park, walking towards Jowett House and on towards Deffer Woods. Jowett House Beck had become swollen and blocked our path, yet Russell Yapp somehow overcame this as he finished up sat in the beck !

A lunch break before we entered Deffer Woods where we ascended the central track through the wood to return to the outskirts of High Hoyland, the track was firm underfoot.

Crossing the road we picked up a bridle way which headed in the direction of Scissett, where we reached Wheatley Hill Farm and a badly signed footpath, taking the farm track to get back to our intended path. Here we encountered two large explosion noises, intended to deter trespassers, this momentarily put our party on edge.

Crossing Upper Common we then encountered a quagmire, the photo of the ensuing chaos this caused is quite a sight, during this time of chaos Keith Seston slipped and fell in a spectacular but unartistic manner, a contender for DVWG fall of the decade.

We re-grouped and faced the field which blocked our path to the road, freshly, deeply ploughed with no path through, therefore a diversion around the field edge and another quagmire was taken.

Next was an ascent of Swallow Hill which was also muddy, our party was beginning to tire and shortly before reaching the road Sue Case showed us that she has a hidden gymnastic talent slipping and performing a forward roll to the road, which wasn’t caught on camera. Sue point blankly refuses to do it again to enable the incident to be photographed.

More mud around Hollin House Farm led us to a wooded plantation and Hoyland Hill and the end of our walk back at The Cherry Tree pub.

Well done to the large party who undertook this six mile mud bath of a walk. Thankfully we all laughed heartily at the various mishaps from the terrible conditions underfoot and worked together in true DVWG fashion to overcome the various obstacles on this six mile outing.

A big welcome goes out to Clare Elizabeth, Marie Maule and Liz Evans who joined our group for the first time today and laughed along with us on the way, we hope you choose to join us on a walk again soon.

A beer at The Cherry Tree brought our day out to an end, ample reward for our efforts.