Saltaire 2 in 1 Walk - February 1st

Posted 3/2/2020

An early start for DVWG, meeting at Fitzwilliam Station and travelling by train to Saltaire.

Sir Titus Salt’s model village never disappoints, for several of our party were visiting for the first time and were suitably impressed with the splendour of the village.

We set off along the towpath of the Leeds Liverpool canal, which is quite picturesque too, quickly reaching Bingley and 5 Rises Lock, a feat of canal engineering where there were some wonderful views down into Bingley in the hazy winter sunshine.

After a coffee break we continued on, splitting with our party for the short walk, aka the Powell family who were heading for Crossflatts, while we continued.

Unfortunately there was a rail incident at Steeton station, with no trains running there, this resulted in us changing plans and heading for Keighley Station, leaving the towpath at East Riddlesdon Hall to head to Keighley Station where we saw a steam locomotive from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway setting off.

Well done and thank you to the 20 people who attended this 7.1 and 3.7 miles walk, congratulations to David Kirk who notched up 2500 miles walked with DVWG on this walk.

Shillito Woods Walk - January 19th

Posted 19/1/2020

A delayed start to today’s Shillito Woods walk for DVWG, whilst we assembled another large group and everyone parked in a cramped car park where another event was occurring, however we were rewarded with a superb walk in crisp and sunny winter conditions.

Leaving the car park, we descended an icy path into Foxlane Plantation and onto Ramsley Moor, where we climbed up across the moor on a sometimes incredibly muddy path before reaching the road near Greaves Piece.

After crossing the road we entered Big Moor passing by Barbrook Reservoir and along a wide moorland path reaching the remnants of a stone circle where we stopped off for a short lunch break.

We crossed the road again and returned onto Ramsley Moor, with a tricky stepping stone crossing occurring near a frozen Ramsley Reservoir, our route was completed back to the cars by some road walking.

It was a superb turnout of 45 for today’s walk keeping up the strong attendances DVWG has enjoyed during the first few weeks of 2020.

Well done to Andrea Turner who today notched up 100 miles season to date on today’s walk.

Finally a big hello and welcome goes out to Paula Martin, Lori Penn Smith, Karly Greathead, Lisa Greathead, Kaci Pinder, Nikki Devanney, Tony, Jennie, Val, Andy, Harley & Jesse Jenkinson, Jane & Holly Brabham, Cassie Northwood, Clayton Cross and Mikey Scholey who all walked with DVWG for the first time today. We hope you enjoyed the walk and choose to join us again soon. Apologies if we have missed any newcomers for a welcome mention.

Tin Mill Dam Walk - January 11th

Posted 11/1/2020

Another great day out for DVWG today, completing our local Tin Mill Dam & Hunshelf Bank Walk in quite windy conditions.

Starting from the TPT car park at Wortley, we crossed the River Don at Tin Mill Dam and ascended Tin Mill Rocher through the woodland. This ascends quite steeply to Holly Hall Farm.

Continuing along the ridge in increasingly windy conditions, we were horrified to find the footpath blocked along the ridge where a local farmer had fenced off the path using barbed wire.

This prompted a U-turn back towards a field crossing off the ridge heading towards Green Moor. This was a blessing in disguise as the windy conditions on the ridge were becoming unsafe and were proving too much for Clive Thompson who had to be helped off the ridge.

After crossing a field we walked through Green Moor Delf, a beautiful plantation, a place where DVWG have never walked before and is worthy of more exploration and could form the basis of a future evening walk.

As we had been forced to re-route, we needed to complete quite a lengthy stretch on the road walking through Green Moor heading towards Hunshelf.

After a lunchbreak near Oakenshaw Spring, we crossed several fields and more significantly stiles, dubbed by Russell Yapp as the DVWG steeplechase, the odds on Sue Case winning this particular race lengthened considerably when she fell at the second stile after missing her step, fortunately she was not injured, however her response when asked to repeat it for the camera was unrepeatable.

We descended fields heading to the Oxspring area where we picked up the TPT for a steady last couple of miles back to Thurgoland, passing through the Thurgoland tunnelling doing customary yodels as we passed through.

A beer at The Bridge Inn in Thurgoland was reward for another great day out.

It was a joy to see such a wonderful turnout for this walk with 34 adults completing this one. A big hello and welcome goes to newcomers Dave & Jane Sowter, Danielle Moffat, Claire Dawson, Lisa Corbett and Megan Watkinson, we hope you all choose to walk with us again soon.

Thank you to everyone for their continued support of DVWG.

Micklebring & Beacon Hill Walk - 5th January

Posted 5/1/2020

There was a fantastic turnout for Dearne Valley Walking Group’s first regular walk of 2020 as 26 adults and 1 junior tackled a 7.5 mile circular route from Micklebring to Conisbrough Castle and back.

Setting off from the Grazing Harts pub we set off long Greaves Sike Lane, taking a path down hill and under the M18 motorway before making the short ascent of Beacon Hill which gave excellent views across Conisbrough Park.

After joining Common Lane a spell of road walking followed as we left Clifton and made our way along the B6094 into Conisbrough. Here we made our way to the castle grounds where we had our lunch break, taking advantage of the café and toilet facilities.

A short walk back to the main A630 Sheffield Road followed with us walking alongside the road in a westerly direction before taking Park Lane Bridleway on the left which took us across Conisbrough Parks.

After passing what buildings remain of Conisbrough Lodge we turned left to take a muddy pass across fields back to the M18 motorway, which we again passed under before taking a different path back to reach Greaves Sike Lane in Micklebring. This narrow path saw us endure a short stretch of deep mud before it emerged at the side of a house as we exited to join the road along the driveway. This left a very short stroll back to our start point.   

Well done to everyone who walked with us today and congratulations to Russell Yapp who, not only helped out tremendously as back-marker for the walk but also reached 100 miles walked with the group this season.

We also welcome a number of newcomers who walked with us for the first time, so a warm welcome is extended to Dave Ramsden, Julie Ward, Lisa Roberts, Andrea Cockram, Andrea Goldthorpe, Ann Madden, Sam Clarke, Clive Thompson, Alan & Debbie Crabtree, Katie McDevitt, Debra Haran, Helen Malpass and Sharon Watson. We hope you all enjoyed the walk and will walk with us again in the near future.

After Dark 10 - January 3rd

Posted 4/1/2020

Annual after dark walks usually start DVWG’s year with a buzz,  this years outing, our tenth, being no exception with another large party of walkers enjoying our quirky event.

Starting off from the Milton Arms in Elsecar, we crossed Elsecar Park emerging onto Burying Lane and then walking past Wentworth Old Mill to cross fields and emerge on the outskirts of Wentworth.

Entering the village by the Coach Road, we walked along the long path passing both churches, to reach the Rockingham Arms, where we crossed the cricket pitch to the vicinity of the Wentworth Estate Office.

Here we picked up a footpath leading downhill out of the village which was quite muddy, a pre-planned de-tour to avoid muddy tracks and fields took us onto Barrowfield Lane where we followed a track into Kings Wood, which took us back in to Elsecar and the end of our walk.

Pie, Peas and chips were served to our party at The Milton Arms, very little food was wasted by our party, I can personally vouch for the steak pie being delicious.

Thank you and well done to everyone who cam along to After Dark 10, which covered 4.6 miles of fields, paths and woodland in quite unseasonal mild weather, a lack of rain over the last couple of weeks helped the paths to dry somewhat from their waterlogged state in mid December.

Thank you to our walk marshals David Kirk, Nick Powell, Steve Pennock, Alison Hartley and Diane & Gary Marshall who ensured everyone stayed safe on the night. The biggest thank you goes to Nick Powell who completed the mammoth task of organising the pie and pea supper admirably.

Finally a big  hello and welcome to the four new faces who walked with DVWG for the first time on this walk, Emma Ridley, Rosanna Warnes and Natalie & Stephen Powers, we hope you enjoyed the walk and choose to join us again.

Thank you to everyone for your continuing support of DVWG

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!

Merry Christmas from DVWG

Posted 23/12/2019

DVWG's final walk before Christmas 2019 has now taken place and what a year 2019 has been.

Thank you to everyone who has walked with DVWG during this year and supported Dearne Valley Walking Festival 2019 too, don't forget we have one more walk on December 29th!

All that remains is to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas.