Roche Abbey Walk - August 16th

Posted 16/8/2020

So today was the day, DVWG were resuming weekend walks with a slightly amended perennially favourite walk from Roche Abbey to Laugton church and back.

Thirteen people booked for the walk, however given the rain this morning it was inevitable that our numbers would dwindle. Therefore seven of us met at Maltby Miners Welfare Club for a quite early 8.45am start. Walk 473 for DVWG was underway.

We had been advised that the car park at Roche Abbey had been closed and from previous experience parking on the main road close to the monument can be pretty tricky. So we opted to start from the outskirts of Maltby.

Leaving the town we quickly descended a rough track which took us to a footpath, into Nor Wood, which was lovely. After crossing a road, the path eventually emerged at the gatehouse of Roche Abbey, where we took a few moments to photograph this hidden gem of a monument, (again).

From here the walk took on a familiar feel and we walked through Kings Wood crossing Hooton Dyke before emerging and walking up the constantly muddy field to Slade Hooton.

Lockdown doesn’t seem to have been kind to the paths around the horse fields in Slade Hooton, which have become a little neglected and overgrown. This made for tricky walking for our party to avoid face height nettles and branches. David Kirk at one point had to resort to hacking his way through so that our party could walk the paths successfully.

Worse news was to follow, it rather appears that the Travellers Rest in Brookhouse, used many times by DVWG has permanently closed with the building being up for sale.

We climbed the field paths to Laughton and walked around Castle Hill passing the Old Hall to the stunning church. Sadly today there were no views from Castle Hill to appreciate due to the poor weather.

Our return journey meant leaving Laughton on the opposite side of the valley, walking along Slade Hills before descending through Kings Wood back to Roche Abbey. By the time we were re-tracing our steps through Nor Wood, we were more like squelching due to the rain.

The rain didn’t dampen our spirits and we finally ascended the rough track and onto Muglet Lane and the end of our 8.1 miles walk.

Well done to everyone who came along today for this enjoyable walk, where we laughed pretty much from start to finish.

It really is great to be back walking again.