Thurgoland Boundary Walk - December 19th

Posted 19/12/2020

Well it was unseasonably mild today, with lovely winter sun across the area and very mild temperatures for DVWG’s last pre-Christmas outing of 2020, the Thurgoland Boundary Walk.

After now our customary 9.30am start, we left the village of Silkstone Common, passing the Huskar Pit Disaster monument.

Crossing field paths over Berry Moor and Hilltop Plantation, crossing Lower Lee Wood heading for Crane Moor.

The paths were muddy, in places treacherous, as David Kirk found out descending to the village as he fell. Leaving the village resulted in the usual steep climb over some very muddy tracks to the A629.

Crossing the busy road and descending towards Wortley David fell again, we then descended to Wortley Top Forge walking alongside the River Don to the Bridge Inn in low Thurgoland.

A lunch break restored energy before we walked along Mill Lane then flooded fields alongside the River Don to Cheese Bottom in Oxspring and our second steep ascent of the day up Bower Hill, on the roads this time.

By this time the sunlight had started to fade, the temperature had dropped and we all took a steady walk down the TPT back to Silkstone Common and the end of our walk.

As is now customary on our last pre-Christmas walk David had brought along mince pies for everyone before we went our separate ways with season’s greetings ringing in our ears.

Well done to everyone who completed this extremely muddy 9.75 miles walk today, especially John Denson who achieved his 100 miles award on this walk.

Finally DVWG would like to wish all of our walkers a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year after what has been a difficult year for us all.

Enjoy and stay safe everyone.