Ackworth & East Hardwick Family Walk - February 17th

Posted 17/2/2019

A great day out for DVWG today in the later winter sunshine completing our family walk starting from Ackworth and walking around East Hardwick,

Starting from the Brown Cow in Ackworth, we walked on field paths around the outskirts of Ackworth Park and alongside the Ackworth Showground to East Hardwick taking lunch at the pack horse bridge alongside the River Went.

We returned to Ackworth on field paths.

Refreshments in The Brown Cow at Ackworth were ample reward for our party of thirteen adults and two children who walked the 5.7 miles today.

A big well done goes out to Emma Powell, David Richardson and Tricia MacDuff who all chalked up 100 miles season to date today.

A big welcome goes out to Stephen Vipurs who walked with DVWG for the first time today.

League of Gentlemen Walk - February 9th

Posted 17/2/2019

Once again a great day out for DVWG today crossing the Woodhead Pass to the village of Hadfield where we completed our 3 Pennine Reservoirs / League of Gentleman Walk.

Arriving early there was time for a coffee and for some breakfast in the village where we All converged on Hadfield Station car park to begin our walk.

Prior to the start of the walk our party of fourteen were all presented with some “special sausage” aka a Percy Turners pork pie courtesy of DVWG to get us in the mood for the walk.

We set off on a Short stretch of the Longdendale Trail, part of the TPT leaving on Padfield Road and taking a footpath to Bottoms Reservoir. We crossed along the dam wall and continued along a track.

Upon reaching Valehouse Reservoir the track became a disused railway line which continued along past Rhodeswood Reservoir.

By the time we reached Rhodeswood Dam it was only 12.30pm, we therefore decided to increase the walk to include a 4th reservoir, Torside, which is much larger. We eventually reached the bridge behind the impressive dam wall before crossing back to the Longdendale Trail and starting our return to Hadfield.

We de-toured to Torside Picnic Area for a late lunch break before taking a brisk walk back to Hadfield and the end of a superb day of walking. The weather having steadily improved throughout the day.

“This is a local shop for local people” is associated with Royston Vasey & the hit TV show League of Gentleman which was filmed in Hadfield, however we found our hostelry of choice, The Palantine, pleasant and welcoming for a post walk beer before our journey home.

Well done to the fourteen people who completed the walk at brisk pace, which at 10.62 miles is the longest 6.40 miles walk ever.


Thurgoland Boundary Walk - February 2nd

Posted 3/2/2019

Thurgoland lies on the outskirts of the Sheffield area close to the foothills of the Pennines, the village is a pretty pass through village for commuters travelling between Sheffield, Huddersfield and even Manchester.

The Thurgoland Boundary walk is nine miles in length and is clearly waymarked, with further information available from the Visit Penistone website.

DVWG first walked the boundary way back in December 2013, where a small party of five completed the walk, therefore we felt it was time for a re-run.

Starting from the Station Inn at Silkstone Common, it was a cold start for our party of fourteen as we walked past the Husker Pit Disaster monument en-route for Berry Moor.

There was a slight detour here as the way marking disappeared, however crossing Hilltop Plantation got us back on track at Eastfield.

There then followed a walk on field tracks in glorious winter sunshine into the village of Crane Moor, where we paused for a coffee before tackling the steep climb out of the village up to the A629.

From here we descended once again on field tracks heading for the area adjacent to Wortley Top Forge and took a lunch break outside the Bridge Inn.

We walked along the adjacent lane which runs parallel to the River Don, eventually once again entering field paths heading for Cheese Bottom, where at a nearby farm we saw some beautiful peacocks.

From Cheese Bottom on the outskirts of Oxspring, we crossed Thurgoland Bridge and continued alongside the River Don until we reached Bower Hill, here there was a steep ascent to the Four Lane Ends.

A short distance beyond the Travellers Inn at Four Lane Ends, we joined the Trans Pennine Trail for the last 1.5 miles of our walk, a steady descent into Silkstone Common and the end of our walk, where a fully stoked log burner awaited at the Station Inn where we enjoyed a post walk beer and a chat about an excellent days walking.

Well done to the fourteen people who walked this 9.2 miles tour of the village of Thurgoland. This walk is well worth repeating in summer.

Dearne Valley Walking Festival 2019 -Official Opening

Posted 31/1/2019

Dearne Valley Walking Group are delighted to announce that the Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Steve Green will conduct the official opening of the Dearne Valley Walking Festival 2019 at 11am on Saturday April 13th 2019.

Watch out for details of the first day’s walking event. Please come along and help our first day be successful.


Dearne Valley Walking Festival 2019

Posted 31/1/2019

Dearne Valley Walking Group will be holding a walking festival to celebrate our groups 10th birthday.

The festival will be kindly sponsored by our main group sponsor, Allied Glass.

The festival will commence on April 13th and run until April 20th with a walk around part of the Dearne Valley being organised each day.

After the end of the final walk on April 20th the festival will end with a social event.

All profits from the festival will be donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance fund.

A full programme of events will be published shortly on our website for the event.

Keep checking the website for updates and how to book.

Swinton Walk & Sunday Lunch - January 27th

Posted 27/1/2019

A great day out for DVWG today, completing a very easy walk along the canal towpath from Dearne Leisure Centre   In winter sunshine, but cold windy conditions.

The walk wasn’t so much just a walk but a social with a walk as we were booked for Sunday dinner, therefore our pace was somewhat leisurely along the towpath in order not to arrive too early. This enabled us to stop off for coffee at The Old Market Hall in Mexborough en route.

We continued to Swinton Bridge where we had booked Sunday lunch at The Lane Emporium, who did us proud, serving an excellent meal for just £5. This place is highly recommended.

After lunch it was a steady walk back along the towpath retracing our steps back to Denaby to complete our 4.2 miles walk.

A bumper attendance of 23 adults and 4 children attended this meal and social, a mixture of familiar faces, recent newcomers and a couple of new faces too bringing a very successful month of January to a close for DVWG.

Thank you for your continued support of the group.

Swinton to Denaby Walk - Sunday Lunch - Important Information

Posted 13/1/2019

Bookings for Sunday lunches at DVWGs Denaby to Swinton Walk on January 27th are now closed.

DVWG have received 24 bookings for the event which have all been accepted by the venue.

In order to ensure the smooth running of this event, DVWG will require everyone who has a booking for Sunday lunch to pay their £5 per person for the meal a minimum of 7 days before the event.

Payments not received will result in cancellation of the respective bookings and payments received are strictly non refundable.

We will contact the people who have booked meals by text message in order to give instructions of how to pay for your meal.