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.

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.