Denby Dale & Cumberworth Walk - January 12th

Posted 13/1/2019

Another great day out for DVWG today completing an eight miles circuit of the Denby Dale area.

The walk took in some climbs to Upper Denby and Upper Cumberworth taking in some parts of the Dearne Way too.

It’s well worth doing this walk which was taken from a Kirklees Council leaflet. The way marking is somewhat variable and navigation takes a little patience, as is often the case with leaflets from council websites.

Well done to Alison Hartley who navigated this walk and thanks to the nineteen attendees.

A special welcome goes out to Ben Sinar, Ellie Carr and Rach Jones who walked with DVWG for the first time today

Strines & Derwent Edge Walk - January 6th

Posted 6/1/2019

A great days walking today for DVWG on Strines Moor, a walk which seemed to have everything.

Starting from The Strines Inn we walked along the road and onto the track known locally as Foulstone Road, where we were soon feeling the Christmas excesses as we tackled the long ascent onto Derwent Edge.

During our ascent we ran into very heavy mist and visibility became quite poor, as we reached the edge, not much of a view here.

Our first stop was a detour to Back Tor the third highest peak in South Yorkshire, a misty group picture followed. We then followed the paved path across Derwent Edge passing the rock formation Cakes of Bread before pausing at Dove Stones for an early lunch break.

Towards the end of our lunch break the mist started to clear rapidly and we were treated to a great view of Ladybower Reservoir and Yorkshire Bridge. We continued on Derwent Edge passing the Salt Cellar and White Tor before reaching the bridleway which took us down to the Strines Moor Road at Moscar House Farm. By now the sun was shining and the wind was much less at a lower level.

We were now faced with a choice on how we returned to The Strines Inn, the prospect of a 1.5 to 2 miles walk along the road did not appeal.

We therefore opted to extend the walk, walking along towards Ughill and onto a path which forms part of the Sheffield Round Walk around the periphery of Sugworth Hall, which was built for the construction expert Henry Boot.

From here we emerged onto open moorland to Boots Tower, above Strines Reservoir. With the whole valley glistening in mid-afternoon winter sunshine the views were stunning. Cameras were working overtime here.

We descended Lea Bank and crossed the water between Dale Dyke and Strines Reservoir before emerging at Brogging End to the Strines Road, where a short walk took us back to the Strines Inn and the end of our walk.

A party of eighteen adults and one junior completed this 9.2 miles beauty. Well done goes out to Jack Wolniewicz who completed his longsest walk yet with DVWG and a big hello and welcome goes out to Zoey McNeil who joined us for the first time today.

After Dark 9 Walk - January 4th

Posted 5/1/2019

A total of 32 walkers took part in this years after dark walk which started and finished at The Station in Silkstone Common.

Starting from the pretty village of Silkstone Common we walked alongside Blacker Dam before crossing field footpaths onto Kine Moor. We descended into Kings Wood before a tricky crossing of Lindley Dike.

More field footpaths followed before an even trickier crossing of Storrs Dike, from here there was a steep climb on field paths to Far Coates at Oxspring before descending the Trans Pennine Trail coming through Stubbin Wood back to Silkstone Common.

Well done to everyone who walked especially Sophie Cusworth & Steve Pennock who both chalked up 100 miles season to date on this walk.

A big welcome goes out to new walkers Wesley Woolfall, Julie Bentley, Stephen Bentley and Ryan Smith.

The pie, peas & chips afterwards at The Station Inn were simply delicious and enjoyed by all.

Thanks to Nick Powell for the organisation of the pie & pea supper. 


Hope Valley Rivers Walk - December 22nd

Posted 5/1/2019

A party of eight people for DVWGs last walk of 2018 today, which had to be re-routed as a result of the ongoing train strikes.

Starting from Hope Station picking up the River Nor outside the village of Brough before crossing fields ascending to Shatton, roughly where the Noe flows into the River Derwent which we followed until we reached the outskirts of the village of Offerton.

After a lunch break and some great festive goodies we left the riverside and ascended Glover Bank which commanded some great views of the Hope Valley.

From here we reached the road once again descending once again into Shatton, retracing our steps to Brough.

From Brough we walked over the footpath back to Hope passing the remains of the Navio Roman Fort before walking into Hope village to the Old Hall Hotel where we enjoyed a beer at their fireside. The pubs Christmas decorations looked excellent.

From here it was a steady half a mile back to Hope Station and the end of our walk where we all parted for the last time in 2018 with Christmas wishes ringing in our ears.

7.6 miles and 1048 feet of sometimes tricky and muddy ascent today.

Well done to all who attended and merry Christmas to all of our walkers.

Route Amendment to Hope to Grindleford Walk

Posted 17/12/2018

DVWGs final walk of 2018, our traditional Anti Meadowhall Walk is on Saturday December 22nd, an 8 miles walk following the Rivers Way from Hope.

The route is 8 miles, Moderate

Unfortunately due to the escalation of the weekend rail strikes it has been necessary to amend the route slightly as there are now no trains running between Hope and Grindleford whatsoever.

The route has been amended in order to walk a circular route of the rivers way between Hope and Bamford, returning to
Hope on footpaths and tracks through The villages of Thornhill and Aston.

The walk starts at 11am from

Hope Railway Station
Station Road
S33 6RR

Please bring festive attire and Christmas goodies if possible.

St Leger Letwell Family Walk - 16th Dec

Posted 16/12/2018

A modest party of ten - six adults and four children - set off on a fresh, sunny winter's morning from the picturesque village church of St Peter's, Letwell.  Walking through the village, past its charming phone box library and bus stop notice board, pausing to see the old dovecote behind the houses, we took broad tracks and lanes to the nature reserve of Dyscarr Wood.  Emerging from here, we set off in the direction of the nearby village of Firbeck but before reaching the village, took a lane back to join our original route out of Letwell, upon which we returned to our start point.

Rotherham Council advertised the route as 3 miles, although it certainly exceeds four, and it made for a pleasant way to spend the morning in fine company.  We retired for refreshments to the splendid Black Lion pub in Firbeck before heading our separate ways.

Thanks to all who attended for your continued support of the group.  Given the pleasant surroundings and terrain, we are looking to possibly extend this route for the summer season, maybe even as far as Roche Abbey.

New Diary Online

Posted 11/12/2018

For a variety of reasons, the diary has been somewhat delayed again this time.  Those on the SMS mailing list will have received a sneak preview yesterday but as of today all events are on this site and the new diaries are in the downloads section.

I would draw the attention of those who downloaded the preview to a couple of errors, which have now been corrected, so please re-download if this is a resource you rely upon.  The most glaring was the incorrect date for our annual night walk!!!

Anyway, if we've made any other blunders please let me know, otherwise we hope to see you out and about on a walk soon

Nick - Webmaster