Norton & Kirk Smeaton Walk - December 29th

Posted 29/12/2019

On a relatively mild, dry day a group of fourteen adults and one junior assembled in the village of Norton for Dearne Valley Walking Group’s final walk of 2019.

Setting off from the Royal Hotel we walked along Priory Road before taking a lane on the left which led us to the first of many muddy encounters as our footpath off this lane led to and subsequently crossed the River Went.

Our footpath alongside the river was virtually entirely mud as we made our way to join the road at Willow Bridge. Crossing the bridge we followed the road for a short distance before taking another muddy path on the right which took us under the embankment which carried the former Hull & Barnsley railway line.

This path brought us out on Water Lane which we followed into Kirk Smeaton, stopping for an earlier than usual lunch break at the picturesque setting of Kirk Smeaton church.

Leaving the church we continued by taking a footpath which ran directly through the front garden ort a house, passing directly past the back door and through the back garden before emerging onto a track which joined Norton & Kirk Smeaton Road.

We then took the Bridle Road to Barnsdale Bar as far as another crossing of the former railway line where we turned left along Flea Lane. The end of this saw us follow Greengate Road before taking path on the left across South Field which, although signed, just presented us with a muddy recently planted field to cross.

After crossing this we eventually came out by Windmill Cottages, being forced to re-route slightly around some farm buildings with the footpath blocked. Our route then saw us return to Norton via Windmill Lane, Stygate Lane and Campsall Balk where, as ever, we finished with a pint at the Royal Hotel.

Well done to everyone who walked with us today, and a warm welcome to Ken and Helen Wyatt who walked with us for the first time. Also, congratulations to Tricia MacDuff who today reached 100 miles walked this season with the group.

Thanks to everyone who has walked with us this year. We wish all our walkers a Happy New Year and hope you will join us again in 2020 when we have plenty of exciting walks lined up to appeal to everyone!