to 5th July 2019 | Posted 19/5/2019

Due to unforseen circumstances, we have had to alter the date of our presentation night from the previously advertised date of 12th July to a week earlier.

The new date is 5th July 2019 - please see the events page for further information and booking details.

Fishlake Church Walk - 19th May

Posted 19/5/2019

Fifteen adults and two children completed a lovely 4.9 mile circuit from the village of Fishlake near Doncaster today.

Starting from outside the now closed down Old Anchor pub we made our way along the main street to just outside the impressive Saint Cuthbert’s Church where we veered to the right to take a public footpath which led onto the top of the grassy floodbank which prevents the village from flooding from the River Don.

After a short while we dropped down off the bank to take a path on the left which twisted and turned between trees and bushes, crossed Sour Lane, and led into an open field to eventually bring us out just north of Clough House Farm.

Here we took a track northwards until we eventually emerged at a junction of lanes near Hazlehurst Farm. A short stretch along Sorrell Lane followed before we turned left onto Hayes Lane and followed this until we joined Pinfold Lane on the outskirts of the village.

Making our way past the cricket ground towards the village we then took a path on the right which brought us out on East Field Road. Here the attraction of an inquisitive young foal saw most of our party rush to a grab photos before we continued along towards Far Bank Lane where we took a track on the left which took us towards West Nab.

At the end of this track we took a short refreshment break before continuing along to walk Fishlake Nab towards Stainforth. Just as the road neared the River Don we crossed over and took a footpath which again led us onto the top of the floodbank which we followed back to Fishlake, dropping off the floodbank to follow a path back to our start point.

Most us then opted to retire to the Hare & Hounds pub for a post walk drink with several of our party deciding to partake in Sunday lunch.

Well done to the 17 people who completed this walk. We hope to see you again soon.

Wortley & Howbrook Evening Walk - May 15th

Posted 17/5/2019

Sorry for the belated write up, however Wednesday nights walk was a lovely 4.5 miles stroll in the wonderful spring sunshine.

Starting from outside Wortley Hall we walked to Copley Wood and to the village of Bromley where we picked up country lanes which led us into the village of Howbrook.

From Howbrook we walked alongside How Brook before emerging to open fields, where the route and footpath proved to be buried in the fields and the route went slightly awry, eventually with assistance from GPS we emerged at Booth Wood, Sandra Denson taking a rather muddy tumble alongside How Brook.

After crossing the A629, we followed the Barnsley Boundary Walk uphill heading for the footpath adjacent to Wharncliffe Reservoir, where from this lofty position there were some great views of a rather sunny evening.

As we walked across the open fields we wowed at the sight of some quite new born lambs feeding. Unfortunately the sight of which proved a bit too much for Paul Whitham who took a rather awkward tumble and sustained a few bumps and bruises in the process.

Eventually we emerged onto Finkle Street Lane and ascended up the footpath around the rugby club to emerge back in Wortley and the end of a quite lovely evening walk.

Many thanks to the twenty adults and one child who attended this 4.5 miles outing, hopefully our two fallers have now recovered.

Heath Common Family Walk - 12th May

Posted 12/5/2019

The weather was kind and the turnout was impressive for this delightful jaunt round the surprisingly expansive green space to be found in this corner of Wakefield.  Setting off from the car park in warm sunshine, after some early navigational difficulties caused by unclear directions on the Wakefield Council walk leaflet, we proceeded out into the wilds. We followed local green lanes to Warmfield and onto Goosehill Common.  Here, we took a detour, supposedly to a lake, the leaflet describing what sounded like a promising lunch spot.  However, we managed to venture off track slightly and had to work our way back onto the route, missing the lake altogether.  Thankfully, the weather - and consequently the spirits of our party - remained undampened!

The walk then took us into Kirkthorpe, where the village stocks made a pleasant substitute lunch spot, before taking the Trans Pennine Train past Half Moon Lake and then a short stretch on Kirkthorpe Lane back into Heath.  We retired to the wonderfully olde-worlde Kings Arms for post-walk refreshments and a read of their mouth-watering 3-course Sunday Lunch menu!

Thanks to the 23 adults and four kids who attended this one and a warm welcome to four new faces.  Kay Sourgeon, Coryne Vipurs, Julie Gill and Julie Turner all stepped out with DVWG for the first time today.  We hope to see you all again soon.  A special mention goes also to Trish MacDuff, who clocked up 800 miles of walking with the group.

Lake District Weekend - 04/05/19 - 06/05/19

Posted 6/5/2019

Over the Bank Holiday weekend Dearne Valley Walking Group visited the Lake District as a group of 14 of us descended on Keswick to tackle three days of walking, including an ascent of three ‘Wainwrights’ - Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy.

Several of our party arrived on the Friday, enjoying a meal at the Royal Oak that evening before meeting up with the rest of the group on Saturday morning at the Theatre By The Lake for a 9.7 mile circuit of Derwentwater.

The route took us past the jetties and on to Friar’s Crag before going around the Shoreline of Calfclose Bay and Barrow Bay where we had only a narrow rocky walkway to follow in several places. We’d not gone far before Jasper (the dog) appeared from one of his many short jaunts carrying an old camera case, followed not long afterwards by some old underwear – which left us wondering what he would appear with next!

We emerged at Kettlewell Car Park to walk around the edge of the woodland as far as the Lodore Falls Hotel where it would have been rude not to partake in late morning liquid refreshments.

After leaving the hotel we quickly rounded the southern part of the lake, crossing marshland via a series of boardwalks to then cross Manesty Park and then follow the shoreline round Brandelhow Park. Here we took our lunch break before continuing past Hawse End to Nichol End where we stopped for a coffee whilst debating over whether to be tempted by some enormous scones and various types of cake.

We continued along the Cumbria Way, through Portinscale, over a narrow suspension bridge and back into Keswick where we retired to The Wainwright pub for post walk drinks.

That evening we all met at the Sultan of Keswick for a delicious Indian meal – followed naturally by a few drinks for most of our party, although a few ‘lightweights’ were notable by their absence, preferring an early night instead!

Sunday morning saw 12 of our group meet at the Keswick Launch ticket office to take the 9.45am launch to Hawse End for our ascent of Cat Bells. The views all around were breathtaking as we made good progress to reach the summit in an hour, although Audrey Brownridge was indebted to her Knight in Shining Armour, Russ Yapp, who rescued her as she got stuck on one of the short scrambles on the ascent

From here we dropped down passed Hause Gate to make a gradual climb onto Maiden Moor and then on to the 653m high summit of High Spy where we stopped for lunch. We descended High Spy towards Dalehead tarn but veered down left to descend steeply through the former Rigghead Slate Quarries which was very tricky underfoot. We then followed a path alongside Broadslack Gill to reach Grange. Unfortunately, having to press on to ensure we made it back to Haws End for the last boat back to Keswick prevented us from stopping at the tea rooms so we continued along the road to Manesty Cottages.

Here, to the dismay of our now weary group, our route took us left off the road back up hill rather more steeply than anticipated before levelling out to give great views across the lake and then slowly descended back to meet the road a mile further on. With time pressing on we then opted to continue along the road for the final stretch back to Hawse End to arrive with 25 minutes to spare before our launch was due. This was just enough time for some of our party to take advantage of a nearby ice cream van.

On returning to Keswick we again visited The Wainwright for our post walk drinks with some of us then enjoying Tapas at Bar Es whilst others opted for a fish & chip supper.

With some walkers having now departed for home the final day of our walk saw a group of 7 meet at the Moot Hall in Keswick for a 4.9 mile walk to Castlerigg Stone Circle. The route took us via the former railway line where the station building is now part of a hotel.

After admiring the stone circle which is set in a dramatic location and is thought to date back to 3000BC we returned via scenic paths past Castlerigg to our start point (naturally stopping off at the café at Springs farm along the way) to then go our separate ways.

Well done to everyone who took part in the excellent walks over the weekend and thanks very much for your attendance. There was a variance in length and difficulty of the walks with Sunday’s extremely taxing but rewarding walk seeing us make a total ascent of 1043 metres. A big thanks also to Andrea Turner who did an excellent job with the social arrangements.

Finally, congratulations go out to Julie Gray, Stuart Cliff and Shelly Summerell who have all now passed 100 miles walked in the current season and to Steve Pennock who has passed 200 miles walked this season and congratulations also to Audrey Brownridge who has now walked over 400 miles in total with the group.

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.