Rockley Blast Furnace Walk - April 20th

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 8 | Posted 21/4/2019

Our 2019 Walking Festival concluded with this short jaunt from the Edmunds Arms in Worsbrough Village. Leaving the pub to take a footpath down fields, we crossed the main road to take a broad track into the Worsbrough Mill Country Park. We crossed the reservoir, continuing into open farmland and out to Rockley Old Hall, to cross the M1 via a footbridge. We then followed the long drive to the Equestrian Centre, emerging near Queen Anne's Obelisk, ascending now to skirt Ivas Wood and enter Broom Royd Wood. We then descended through the woodland and caravan site to the historic Rockley Blast Furnace, before crossing beneath the M1 to make our final ascent into Birdwell and on to Worsbrough Village.

Upon return to the pub, our end-of-festival social began. We were served excellent food by the friendly staff at the Edmunds Arms, and a raffle and games continued to swell coffers for our donation to Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which at the final count-up, weighed in at an impressive £720.

We would like to thank the 37 who walked this one in blistering heat and everyone who dined with us afterwards. I think we can safely declare the Festival a resounding success and hope both our established participants and the numerous new faces the festival brought in will continue to step out with our group.

A special mention goes out to Marian Russell and Steve Ellis, who walked all of the eight consecutive days. Very well done indeed!

Wentworth Walk - April 19th

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 7 | Posted 20/4/2019

Day seven of Dearne Valley Walking Festival was a walk in glorious sunshine for our party of 30 walkers.

Starting from Wentworth we walked to Needles Eye and The Vinegar Stone, through the hamlet of Street to Hoover Stand, we then walked on field paths to emerge at the road near the Marquis pub.

Walking along the Roman Ridge took us to the village of Nether Haugh and descending into Wentworth Park.

Finally a steady walk through the park took us back to Wentworth for a well deserved beer in the sun at the Rockingham Arms.

Well done and thanks to all who attended.

A big hello to Ann Brown, Kate Davis, Kay Durkin and Ann Crooks who walked with us for the first time.


Conisbrough Evening Walk - April 18th

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 6 | Posted 19/4/2019

Another day, another walk as Dearne Valley Walking Festival reaches day 6.

Starting from Conisbrough Station we walked around the edge of Kingswood Centre and onto the TPT.

We left the TPT and onto Conisbrough Viaduct where we paused to take in the views of the River Don and nearby Conisbrough Castle before continuing towards Warmsworth and leaving the track close to Howbecks Dike.

We meandered down tracks to emerge onto Doncaster Road and through Mill Piece and then ascended to the castle, before taking a short stroll back to the station and the end of our 3.75 miles walk.

A wonderful attendance of 29 adults and 2 children supported tonight’s walk, many thanks to all who attended especially Pete Langton, Phil & Jeanette Allam, Maria Rowland’s, Ayesha Goodyear, Joanne & Callum Jones and John Bentley who walked with DVWG for the first time tonight.



Ingbirchworth 3 Reservoirs Walk - April 17th

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 5 | Posted 18/4/2019

The sun shone down on the Dearne Valley Walking Festival again today, as another strong attendance of 19 adults and two juniors assembled at the (sadly defunct) Fountain at Ingbirchworth. We proceeded to Inbirchworth Reservoir, doing a partial circuit before picking up an ascending road up to Spicer House Lane, with its panoramic views of the reservoirs. From here we descended to Royd Moor Reservoir, skirting its southern edge to pick up part of the Penistone Boundary Walk, taking us eventually into woodland and the dam wall at Scout Dike reservoir. Half a lap later (and much to the relief of the walk leader!) we found a path, not marked on the OS maps, up alongside the waterworks to the main road.

Keeping our stay on the main road to a minimum, we returned on local lanes to the dam wall of Inbirchworth Reservoir, the crossing of which returned us to our start point.

Many thanks to all who took the time out to attend today's walk and a warm welcome to Jo Shelbourne and June Braithwaite who stepped out with our group for the first time today.

Swinton Pottery Ponds Walk - April 16th

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 4 | Posted 16/4/2019

DVWGs 10th birthday walking festival reached the half way point tonight in fine style with another superb turnout for this evenings walk around the Swinton area.

Starting from Pottery Ponds we walked through Creighton Woods and footpaths over the Roman Ridge emerging in Rawmarsh.

After walking through Victoria Park and into Warren Vale, pausing to take a look at the ornate bridge.

After a short walk at the roadside we walked towards the edge of Wath Golf Club and finally into Wath Wood where we walked over the longest surviving section of the Roman Ridge and a local dog walker pointed out a medieval well to us too.

Finally we returned to Pottery Ponds to view the Waterloo Kiln the former home of Rockingham Pottery.

Well done to the 22 adults and one junior who completed the walk especially Lynne & Glyn Walker and Alison Cull who walked with DVWG for the first time today.

Afterwards some of our party adjourned to the Gate Inn, Swinton for a post walk beer, the regulars of which gave generously to our bucket collection in aid of YAA. Many thanks to all.

Hooton Pagnell Circular - 15th April

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 3 | Posted 15/4/2019

Seventeen adults and one child met in Hooton Pagnell for our Circular walk this afternoon. Starting out from the Hostel pub we ventured through the churchyard to take a footpath opposite Hooton Pagnell Hall which took us across Mapple Yard.

A short stretch of road walking followed before we took a path at right angles to the roadway to Frickley Hall which which took us around Hooton Pagnell Wood and then across open fields to Elmsall Lane.

Here we joined the Frickley Railway path which follows the rout of a disused railway line before dropping down to Moorhouse Grange. We then had a short break at Moorhouse Grange’s small orchard before passing the Equestrian Centre and taking Stanwell Lane. This is a rather short, sharp up hill section which eventually brought us out at the top of Lenny Balk.

Our route then took us down the tree lined Byway known as Old Street which then opened out as we passed the edge of Hampole Wood and, after being advised by some local knowledge, we deviated slightly from our original route to continue onto Lound Lane and then took the Narrow Balk path back into the village.

On our return this gave us a slightly extended walk of 6.12 miles. Thanks to everyone who joined us on the walk and we hope to see you on another very soon.

Sprotbrough and Cusworth Walk - 14th April

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 2 | Posted 14/4/2019

On day two of our festival, another healthy turnout stretched local parking resources as we assembled in Sprotbrough.  Picking up Linear Park, a disused railway line which has been resurfaced for outdoor pursuits, we passed alongside housing where a WWII tank factory once stood.  We then headed on the Cusworth Cycle Trail, passing the Gamekeeper's Cottage and lakes at the foot of the hill where Cusworth Hall stands in its splendour.

From here, we passed though fields on tracks, crossing beneath the A1(M) and emerging near the Ivanhoe pub.  Behind this is a cricket pitch, where we took lunch, watching the match that was in progress, before descending to the 800-year-old St Mary's Church.  Our return leg took us through housing and local woodland, crossing over the A1 to meet Linear Park once again and return to our start point.

We holed up back at the Ivanhoe for refreshments, where the generous locals helped swell Yorkshire Air Ambulance's coffers before we went our separate ways.  22 adult walkers and six children took part today and we welcomed another handful of new faces.

Back marking this one was a certain Dave Richardson, who clocked up 1000 miles walked with the group, so a big well done to him.

The Easter bonnet competition was won by Nicola Royston (adults) and jointly by Rhys and Oliver Powell (juniors).