DVWG Statement - Coronavirus

Posted 17/3/2020
Sadly DVWG’s organising committee have decided to suspend all group walks and activities for a period of one calendar month, effective immediately from today, March 17th 2020.
We have taken this step in response to the current Coronavirus pandemic listening to the advice from the UK Government and observing the position of other larger organisations who promote country walking both nationally and locally. 
We have also considered our own public liability position as a group of walk leaders and find that it is not possible to continue the current group programme of activities and be certain our walk participants are completely free from risks.
At this time as an organising committee DVWG are not recommending anyone  take part in walking activities in a large group for their own safety and will not lead groups on behalf of DVWG either formally or informally at this time.
Our current position will be reviewed in one calendar month, when hopefully we can re-instate group activities and indeed walking.
Thank you to everyone who currently supports DVWG walks and we ask for your understanding at this time and hope to be back walking with you all again in the very near future.

Higham and Silkstone Walk - March 15th

Posted 15/3/2020

Once again a very well attended local walk for DVWG today with 25 adults & children taking part in our Higham & Silkstone Family Ramble. The weather was generally kind to us and, as ever we had plenty of mud to paddle in too.

Starting from The Engineers in Higham we made a slight modification to the start of the walk after taking a bit of local advice, descending Elmhirst Lane into Hugset Wood, thankfully managing to navigate the nemesis of previous walks and emerging eventually at Barnby Furnace Bridge and onto the Silkstone Wagon Way.

A steady walk along the wagon way to Pot House Hamlet followed and we then ascended a bridleway to the Silkstone Bypass, a very busy road. Mark Haran, one of today’s newcomers stepped forward into the middle of the road and not only stopped traffic but traded insults with each and every one of the throng of impatient motorists who clearly couldn’t wait for our party to cross. This was an amazing sight.

Our group followed into Silkstone Fall and negotiated a couple of steep and slippery paths before emerging and crossing the bypass again before climbing a rather steep bridleway to Silkstone Golf Club.

From here we negotiated yet more mud, as passed through Lane Side, indeed Harry Morgan one of today’s new younger walkers had the misfortune to do a full on face down fall in the mud.

We emerged onto Higham Common and took a steady walk through the village, where some of us enjoyed a quick drink in The Engineers afterwards as a reward.

A big hello goes out to our new faces today, Wendy Renwick, Julie Deakin, Angela Harvey, Rebecca & Dave Morgan and their children Harry and Lucy, Katie Cadwell and our new resident traffic warden Mark Haran.

Thank you everyone who came along.

Lake District Weekend Update

Posted 8/3/2020

We have been unable to secure a booking for a meal for our large group on the Thursday evening so, unfortunately, people will have to make their own food arrangements on that evening. We will though arrange a meet up in a pub that evening to go through arrangements for the following day’s walk.

However, we have secured a booking at Lakeland Spice Cuisine in Keswick on the Friday evening which has been booked for the 23 people listed below. We will require a £10 deposit per person for the meal and will need everyone to let us know their order of Starter, Main Course and Sides by 19/04/20 at the very latest. Please let Steve Pennock, David Kirk or Andrea Turner know your order in good time before the deadline. Payment can be made to Steve, David or Andrea or by Paypal  using paypal.me/dvwgsocials, also before 19/04/20. The menu is on our Photos page.


The 23 people booked on the meal are:

Andrea Turner

David Richardson

Steve & Bev Pennock

David Kirk

Liz Davis

Julie Foster

Diana Walker

Sue Case & Stuart Cliff

Russell Yapp

Marie Maule

Katherine Brooke

Nicola Royston

Audrey Brownridge

Neil Holland

Terry & Leigh Sinar

Amanda Bennett, Barry & Alex

Sharon & Kev Mitchell

The list of names above for the meal is also the list of everyone who we are aware to be travelling up to be involved over the three days. If your name is not included above and you are intending walking with us in the Lake District then please let us know. Even if you don’t wish to join us for the meal we still wish to know who is planning on walking with us.

A bit more information on the first 2 walks: Friday’s walk is planned to be the relatively flat Seatoller to Keswick Walk of around 9.5 miles. Now the summer timetable has been released we are planning on catching the 9.20am Service 78 to Seatoller from Keswick bus station. It is understood the fare will be around £4.20.

For Saturday’s ascent of Blencathra we are intending catching the 10.20am Service X5 and getting off at the White Horse Inn at Scales rather than our original plan of Threlkeld which will reduce our walk to around 9.5 miles. It is understood that this fare will be around the £4 to £5 mark.

Lords Seat & Mam Tor Walk - March 7th

Posted 8/3/2020

A day out in the Hope Valley for DVWG, which proved somewhat challenging in places to our party of 21 adults and 1 child.

Meeting at Edale Station we left the pretty village ascending Hardenclough, which sadly proved a little too much for even one of our more resilient walkers, Tricia MacDuff who decided the walk was proving too tough for her and turned back to Edale.

Our party continued onto the road and turned onto the track to ascend Rushup Edge, where we encountered windy conditions and some snow too. We were amply rewarded on arrival at Lords Seat with fantastic views of both the Hope Valley and the Kinder Massif.

Following a lunch break sheltering behind a wall at Lords Seat, (higher Than Mam Tor, I was asked this question during the walk, but didn’t know the definite answer), we descended back to the road to meet the track onto the Great Ridge.

We ascended the stone steps to emerge onto the summit of Mam Tor, pausing for a group picture at the summit to celebrate our efforts and took a couple of minutes to admire the view of the busy summit before moving off.

We followed the track along the Great Ridge until we reached Hollins Cross, here we left the ridge descending the steep, stony footpath to Lower Hollins on the outskirts of Edale, crossing the River Noe and emerging onto the road just outside the village.

During the descent from the Great Ridge the weather had deteriorated quite suddenly from the wintry sun we had experienced and a short, sharp rain shower had occurred, however by the time we reached the road just outside Edale the sun was shining again and we took the short walk back to the village centre and the end of our 6.7 miles walk.

A big hello and welcome goes out to Kirsty and Lee Malone and their young son Cole who walked with us for the first time today. A special mention goes out to Cole who tackled the walk admirably. We hope you enjoyed the walk and hope you wish to join us again soon.

Today DVWG hit 150 adult walkers in our 2019/20, which is the only the second time it has occurred. Season 2018/19 our group had a record 152 adult walkers, although this number was assisted by our tenth anniversary event, Dearne Valley Walking Festival 2019.

Thank you to everyone who walked today and to everyone for your continued support of DVWG.

Codnor Castle Walk - February 29th

Posted 1/3/2020

Walk 463 for DVWG and our 39th outing of this season took us to Derbyshire and our Codnor Castle walk.

February 2020 has been a difficult month for DVWG after being forced to cancel walks two weekends running following the two storms and then a hastily re-arranged Rossington Walk, our last outing of the month to Codnor was also reviewed due to the potential of a further storm being forecast.

Assembling at Codnor Park Reservoir, the weather seemed average for February, we commenced our walk along a disused stretch of the Cromford Canal, which nature has reclaimed but has not fallen foul of fly tipping and littering, this made for a pleasant walk along the towpath.

A walk through Butterley Park followed which led us into the outskirts of Ripley and some very muddy fields crossed as we skirted Codnor Gate and walked towards Codnor Castle.

Codnor Castle is worth a visit, to see its remains and we paused for about fifteen minutes to explore before continuing on to Foxhole Plantation.

Until now the weather had been lovely with some quite warm winter sunshine, however the weather quickly closed in and we had a sharp hail shower crossing the woodland in muddy conditions, negotiating a fallen tree which blocked the path too before emerging into the outskirts of Ironville where we once again picked up the Cromford Canal to walk a short stretch of the towpath and the end of our walk.

A beer in The Poet & Castle in Codnor was rewards for our efforts.

Well done to the party of nineteen adults and five dogs who completed this walk.

Finally a big hello and welcome goes out to Sue Dee, Mel Bennett-Frost and Rachael Morgan who walked with DVWG for the first time on this walk.

Anglers Country Park Toddler Walk - February 23rd

Posted 23/2/2020

Our second walk this weekend was our quarterly toddler walk at Anglers Country Park, which was a simple two miles lap of the lake. This was followed by a visit to the adventure playground for the children to burn off some excess energy while the adults enjoyed a coffee from the adjacent café.

Anglers Country Park is one of DVWG’s favourite local walk venues with several walks starting there or being around there over the years.

Despite the weather conditions today which are still quite blustery, today’s walk did not disappoint either with a pleasant steady walk for all, punctuated with stops to look at the various sculptures along the Room on The Broom Trail which are quite impressive.

It was a fantastic turnout with a total turnout of twenty eight walkers and one push chaired infant with us too, with several new faces coming along as well as a couple of people we haven’t seen in a while returning to walk with us.

A big hello therefore goes out to Camilla & Eva Kmiciewicz, Lynne & Taylor Wilkinson, Cynthia & Colin Otter, Shakil Hussain and Maya Maltby who all walked with DVWG for the first time today. We hope you all enjoyed your first outing and choose to walk with us again soon.

Rossington Walk - February 22nd

Posted 23/2/2020

The walk that never was today for DVWGs party of 13 who braved the wind.

Following a Ramblers route around Rossington we met at the village church and headed off out of Rossington heading towards Wadsworth Carr and the River Torne.

Unfortunately heading out of the village our footpath around the former colliery area was indistinct and fraught with quicksand, where the path resumed it was blocked by fallen trees, with no nearby footpath, track or right of way meant end of walk.

Or not!!

After some map studying we rerouted through a housing estate in New Rossington, to a footpath known locally as Hunster Flat Lane, walking exposed fields to reach the River Torne.

During a short lunch break, we decided to walk the river bank to our original intended crossing point for the river, we quickly abandoned this idea due to a fear of encountering our original path issue from the other side.

We turned and walked back up the path in strong wind to Rossington, completing a walk which didn’t really go anywhere and one we don’t intend to repeat.

On a brighter note it was good to get the boots on outdoors again after two weeks off due to bad weather and our party of thirteen had a few laughs during the walk.

A beer in The Styrrup afterwards was ample rewards for today’s efforts.

Finally we’ll done to Peter Bentley who clocked up 100 miles season to date today.