Low Laithes Evening Walk - September 2nd

Posted 2/9/2020

Well our summer evening walks drew to a close tonight with a 3.6 miles walk from Stairfoot up to Ardsley and across the ridge towards Darfield. We dropped into the Low Valley to pick up the TPT back to The Ash Inn.

Well done to the 12 people who cam along tonight, especially as we had an almighty downpour on our return journey.

However despite our walk being in early September we completed the walk in the last remnants of daylight.

A huge congratulations goes out to Tricia MacDuff who tonight chalked up 1,000 miles walked with DVWG since she first came along back in 2014. 

Scholes Walk - August 26th

Posted 26/8/2020

A brisk walk around Scholes Coppice to Keppel’s Column tonight on DVWG’s 3.5 miles evening walk.

Starting from the Bay Horse we walked through the ancient woodland and out onto the ridge where Keppel’s Column is situated and were treated to some wonderful views in the evening sunshine.

We completed our walk along tracks and fields around the periphery of the village of Scholes.

A few of us took the opportunity for refreshment outside the Bay Horse afterwards.

Thank and well done to everyone who walked.

Pilley Walk - August 19th

Posted 19/8/2020

A rather wet 3.6 miles walk around Pilley tonight for ten of DVWGs regulars.

Sadly the poor weather put a few people off and our party was somewhat depleted, but they missed a treat.

We walked through Pilley Lane End and into Stainbrough Park over to Stoney Royd.

Here we encountered a rather long and high corn in the cob field which caused both consternation and amusement to our group.

Upon reaching Hermit Hill we decided to walk no further as the light was fading and the weather was very limited poor, opting to take the tough climb up Pilley Hills back into the village.

Well done to everyone who walked tonight.

Roche Abbey Walk - August 16th

Posted 16/8/2020

So today was the day, DVWG were resuming weekend walks with a slightly amended perennially favourite walk from Roche Abbey to Laugton church and back.

Thirteen people booked for the walk, however given the rain this morning it was inevitable that our numbers would dwindle. Therefore seven of us met at Maltby Miners Welfare Club for a quite early 8.45am start. Walk 473 for DVWG was underway.

We had been advised that the car park at Roche Abbey had been closed and from previous experience parking on the main road close to the monument can be pretty tricky. So we opted to start from the outskirts of Maltby.

Leaving the town we quickly descended a rough track which took us to a footpath, into Nor Wood, which was lovely. After crossing a road, the path eventually emerged at the gatehouse of Roche Abbey, where we took a few moments to photograph this hidden gem of a monument, (again).

From here the walk took on a familiar feel and we walked through Kings Wood crossing Hooton Dyke before emerging and walking up the constantly muddy field to Slade Hooton.

Lockdown doesn’t seem to have been kind to the paths around the horse fields in Slade Hooton, which have become a little neglected and overgrown. This made for tricky walking for our party to avoid face height nettles and branches. David Kirk at one point had to resort to hacking his way through so that our party could walk the paths successfully.

Worse news was to follow, it rather appears that the Travellers Rest in Brookhouse, used many times by DVWG has permanently closed with the building being up for sale.

We climbed the field paths to Laughton and walked around Castle Hill passing the Old Hall to the stunning church. Sadly today there were no views from Castle Hill to appreciate due to the poor weather.

Our return journey meant leaving Laughton on the opposite side of the valley, walking along Slade Hills before descending through Kings Wood back to Roche Abbey. By the time we were re-tracing our steps through Nor Wood, we were more like squelching due to the rain.

The rain didn’t dampen our spirits and we finally ascended the rough track and onto Muglet Lane and the end of our 8.1 miles walk.

Well done to everyone who came along today for this enjoyable walk, where we laughed pretty much from start to finish.

It really is great to be back walking again.

Darfield Walk - August 12th

Posted 12/8/2020
Well despite 30 degrees plus temperatures a team of 13 people completed a rather hot and humid 4.35 miles walk around Darfield tonight.
Starting from the Old Moor Tavern in Broomhill we walked up the disused railway line through Darfield and then walked alongside the River Dearne before are turning to Broomhill past the Old Moor Wetlands.
Many thanks to everyone who came along tonight.

COVID-19 Update

Posted 8/8/2020

Following receiving updated government guidance and working through it to ensure we understand it fully, we are advised that DVWG can now increase group sizes on our walks. Government guidance indicating that up to 30 people can walk together.

However DVWG have elected to take a more cautious approach at this time and intend to increase our walk sub group sizes from 6 to 10 and sticking with a total number of 20 people on any walk.

We will of course continue with our COViD-19 rules and maintaining our walk mileage/attendance spreadsheet which will be used to assist in any track and trace event.

Greasbrough Evening Walk

Posted 29/7/2020

DVWG’s popular restart after lockdown continued last night as 3 socially distanced groups completed our 4.3 mile evening walk from Greasbrough.

Starting from the Yellow Lion pub we made our way along Church Street before taking a lane across Wilcox’s Plantation and into Wentworth Park. After short climb towards the Mausoleum, we skirted the woods to reach Nether Haugh.

A short roadside walk then took us to a path across fields towards Upper Haugh where we then walked along the Roman Ridge back towards Mill Dam. The walk was completed by a picturesque walk around the north of the Dam before joining the lane back across Wilcox’s Plantation to return to our start point.

Well done and thanks to everyone who walked yesterday evening and thanks to our three leaders; Alison, Liz and Steve.

Keep an eye out for details of next week’s walk coming soon…