Lake District Weekend 2020

Posted 4/9/2019

Following the success of 2019’s Lake District Weekend, Dearne Valley Walking Group will be reprising the trip in 2020, running from Friday 8th May to Sunday 10th May. This is due to the May Day Bank Holiday being moved to Friday 8th May 2020.

As with 2019’s trip, we will be basing ourselves in Keswick and will be organising a walk on each day with these following the same format as before. The Friday walk will be a fairly flat, leisurely walk of around 9 to 10 miles with the Saturday walk planned to be a strenuous ascent of Blencathra and the Sunday being a short 4 to 5 mile walk before we return home.

More definite arrangements will be announced nearer the time but an outline of the current schedule is as follows:

Friday 8th May – Catch the bus from Keswick to Seatoller and walk back via Rosthwaite and Grange which will give several options to stop along the way for refreshments.

Saturday 9th May – Catch the bus from Keswick to Threlkeld and ascend Blencathra via Scales Fell and then descend Blencathra to walk back into Keswick which will be a total distance of around 10 miles and a total ascent of around 3800 feet.

Sunday 10th May – A 4.5 mile circular walk from Keswick via the villages of Applethwaite and Millbeck.

There is no obligation to participate in all 3 walks but we ask that everyone who is intending making the trip lets us know they are attending, along with an indication of which walks they intend taking part in. Accommodation will need to be booked by the individual(s) as DVWG will not be arranging accommodation for this trip.

We will look to arrange a group meal on as many evenings as possible over the weekend so we would also like an indication of which, if any, evening people would like to be included in the booking.  More information regarding the meals and other arrangements will be circulated nearer the time.

We hope as many people as possible will join us and that the trip will be as enjoyable as this year’s!

Crich, Sherwood Foresters & Cromford Canal Walk - August 31st

Posted 1/9/2019

Occasionally DVWG re-visit a walk which we’ve completed previously and it becomes clear that we had forgotten how nice the walk was. Our Crich & Sherwood Foresters walk was no exception and it was a great day out for DVWG completing our circuit of Crich and the Cromford which we originally did back on July 11th 2015, way before most of our regular walkers were with DVWG.

Our party met at High Peak Junction just outside Cromford where the Cromford Canal and the High Peak Trail meet, it was a belated start as Peter Bentley had difficulty both finding the start point and knowing what his left and right are. Peter has kindly agreed to wear a pair of Jimmy Cricket style wellingtons in order to make his navigation easier in future.

The say started with a quick presentation as Shelly and Kate Summerell received their seasonal prizes for 2018/19 season.

The walk commenced with climbing from High Peak Junction through Lea Bridge and climbing steeply through the village of Holloway finally crossing fields and emerging in Wakebridge.

From here we started climbing once again through the woods to emerge at the edge of Crich Tramway Village, (well worth a visit), here we paused for a while to admire a passing tram before taking the final path up to the Sherwood Forrester’s Memorial Monument. The highest point in the area, where there were some great views.

The plan was to ascend the tower, however after starting our lunch break, there was a torrential downpour and we hastily put on waterproofs and continued our walk in rather poor conditions.

Descending into Crich village we stopped at the Black Swan for refreshment, this led to Diane Marshal encountering a rather unfriendly local, however after a quick drink the rain had stopped and the sun was out making pleasant conditions to continue our walk and more importantly to dry out!

A descent through the stunning Crich Chase was next to reach the historic Cromford Canal. Our final part of the walk was a 3.5 miles walk along the towpath of the disused canal back to High Peak Junction.

The canal basin is quite fascinating. Nature has taken over and there are some beautifully picturesque sections of the canal. This is coupled with quite a few artefacts and buildings remaining from the canal’s industrial past still in evidence. This made for a very pleasant stroll back to the end of the walk.

Well done to the nine adults and one child who completed this beautiful walk. Special congratulations go to Audrey Brownridge who completed her DVWG 500 miles on this walk and quite rightly was treated to a congratulatory round of applause by the assembled group at the end of the walk. Well done Audrey from everyone at DVWG and we hope your Spork Worm clears up soon!

Greasbrough Evening Walk - August 29th

Posted 29/8/2019

Our final summer evening walk of 2019 was a lovely 3.5 miles walk starting from the Yellow Lion in Greasbrough through the Wentworth estate (twice) and along part of the Roman Ridge.

Thank you to the 17 people who attended.

DVWGs summer evening walks have attracted some great attendances this year, thanks to everyone who has attended.

Please watch out for details of our annual After Dark Walk on Friday January 3rd 2020. The walk will be in its tenth year and we will be releasing details of the venue very soon.

Eyam Walk - August 24th

Posted 24/8/2019

The starting point for the group of 6 adults and 1 dog was the car park near the village Museum. From here we walked westwards along the village’s main street, making a slight detour to admire the first of the well dressings before turning sharply left onto Windmill Lane and then continuing onto Tideswell Lane. A short way along here we took a narrow path on the right between the houses.


This path took us across a series of small fields, crossing numerous stone walls by a combination of stiles and gates to the small village of Foolow. On reaching Foolow we went and admired their well dressings and then half of our party took advantage of the village hall selling drinks and cakes. Once we were reunited we headed to the local pub to top up our liquids due to the heat. 


On leaving the pub suitably refreshed we set off down the main road heading towards the A623 where we turned left and followed a track which took our group back to back to Tideswell Lane. On our approach to Eyam we turned left crossing a field and then paths which brought us out opposite Eyam Hall. From here we turned right and made our way to the last two well dressings. At this point as a group we decided that due to the heat further refreshments were required so we quickly made our way to the nearest pub. 


After a pleasant stop in the beer garden our party returned through the village back to our starting point. Well done to everyone who completed today’s 6 mile walk in very warm conditions.

Hoyland Common Evening Walk - August 21st

Posted 22/8/2019

A great walk tonight from Hoyland Common over to Worsbrough and back for 14 walkers with DVWG. Covering 4.84 miles, we came within a whisker of an impromptu after dark walk.

Starting from the Hare & Hounds at Hoyland Common we walked to Tinker Lane and immediately encountered a blocked footpath that prevent us reaching Tankersley Common Side. A quick diversion down a track known locally as Pump House Lane rectified this and we walked footpaths close to the disused shaft of Rockingham Colliery and emerged in Birdwell.

A tricky, muddy footpath then tested our resolve but we continued to the Edmunds Arms where we took a quick refreshment break.

By this time light was already starting to fade so our return to Hoyland was rather brisk and uphill through Shortwood, emerging near the end of Kirk Balk.

Returning to footpaths we descended back into Hoyland Common at dusk and to the end of our walk.

This was a quite lovely walk which has scope to extend and explore some of the off shoots and former railway lines in Shortwood somewhat further.

Well done to everyone who walked, especially Barry Hirst, Maz Dawson and Susan Richmond who walked with DVWG for the first time tonight.


Yorkshire Wolds Way Stage 2 - 11th August

Posted 11/8/2019

A small group of 5 adults completed our second stage of the Yorkshire Wolds Way today from South Cave to Towthorpe Corner Picnic site, a distance of 13.05 miles.

After meeting up at the Wolds Way Café next to the picnic area the positive of having a small group was that we only needed to take one car to the start point of Little Wold Lane at South Cave in order to transport all our walkers.

Leaving the car we had a short walk along the main road before we turned left onto the Yorkshire Wolds Way just after the last building on the road. We followed this as we climbed through Little Wold Plantation and then dropped down through Comber Dale.

Another ascent followed as we crossed and then walked alongside the former Hull to Barnsley railway line and then climbed through East Dale. After a while we dropped down through Swin Dale before a gradual ascent of Newbald Wold saw us stop for a lunch break.

As we passed the Sober Hill Wind Farm we passed an adjacent trig point to gradually descend Hessleskew Lane  as we made our way to Goodmanham. Unfortunately, this saw us have to climb once again but once we reached the village we opted for a stop at the licensed Fiddle Drill café for beer/coffee/tea and, of course, cake!

After leaving the café we had a short gentle ascent back to Towthorpe Corner Picnic site from where our driver to the start point was taken to collect his car.

Well done to the five who completed this walk. Thankfully, barring one short rain shower, the weather held up and was quite accommodating for walking with a slightly cooling breeze at times.

Stamford Bridge & Kexby Walk - 4th August

Posted 4/8/2019

On a warm sunny day a decent turnout of 12 adults and 2 children descended on Stamford Bridge for a fairly flat 7 mile circular walk to the outskirts of the village of Kexby and back.

Starting from the free car park close to the river we headed along the riverside path and under the impressive grade 2 listed former railway viaduct which used to carry the York to Beverley railway line before it closed in 1965.

Continuing along the path our route slowly diverged from the river as we made our way to the small picturesque village of Catton. Walking along the main street we passed the Gold Cup Inn where, after a short debate, we opted not to call off due to the forecast of heavy rain and thunderstorms during mid-afternoon.

We left Catton taking a bridleway from Town End Farm which emerged on the main A1079 by the side of Kexby House. Taking a short walk westwards along the main road we crossed the river and immediately picked up the Minster Way route which runs alongside the opposite bank of the river.

A short way along this path it opened out on a field where we stopped for lunch before continuing along the Minster Way back to Stamford Bridge where we completed our walk with a drink at the New Inn pub – just as it started to rain!

Well done to the 14 people who completed this walk, especially young Oliver Powell who managed brilliantly to complete the distance – with a bit of help from Dad!