Conisbrough Evening Walk - April 18th

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 6 | Posted 19/4/2019

Another day, another walk as Dearne Valley Walking Festival reaches day 6.

Starting from Conisbrough Station we walked around the edge of Kingswood Centre and onto the TPT.

We left the TPT and onto Conisbrough Viaduct where we paused to take in the views of the River Don and nearby Conisbrough Castle before continuing towards Warmsworth and leaving the track close to Howbecks Dike.

We meandered down tracks to emerge onto Doncaster Road and through Mill Piece and then ascended to the castle, before taking a short stroll back to the station and the end of our 3.75 miles walk.

A wonderful attendance of 29 adults and 2 children supported tonight’s walk, many thanks to all who attended especially Pete Langton, Phil & Jeanette Allam, Maria Rowland’s, Ayesha Goodyear, Joanne & Callum Jones and John Bentley who walked with DVWG for the first time tonight.



Ingbirchworth 3 Reservoirs Walk - April 17th

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 5 | Posted 18/4/2019

The sun shone down on the Dearne Valley Walking Festival again today, as another strong attendance of 19 adults and two juniors assembled at the (sadly defunct) Fountain at Ingbirchworth. We proceeded to Inbirchworth Reservoir, doing a partial circuit before picking up an ascending road up to Spicer House Lane, with its panoramic views of the reservoirs. From here we descended to Royd Moor Reservoir, skirting its southern edge to pick up part of the Penistone Boundary Walk, taking us eventually into woodland and the dam wall at Scout Dike reservoir. Half a lap later (and much to the relief of the walk leader!) we found a path, not marked on the OS maps, up alongside the waterworks to the main road.

Keeping our stay on the main road to a minimum, we returned on local lanes to the dam wall of Inbirchworth Reservoir, the crossing of which returned us to our start point.

Many thanks to all who took the time out to attend today's walk and a warm welcome to Jo Shelbourne and June Braithwaite who stepped out with our group for the first time today.

Swinton Pottery Ponds Walk - April 16th

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 4 | Posted 16/4/2019

DVWGs 10th birthday walking festival reached the half way point tonight in fine style with another superb turnout for this evenings walk around the Swinton area.

Starting from Pottery Ponds we walked through Creighton Woods and footpaths over the Roman Ridge emerging in Rawmarsh.

After walking through Victoria Park and into Warren Vale, pausing to take a look at the ornate bridge.

After a short walk at the roadside we walked towards the edge of Wath Golf Club and finally into Wath Wood where we walked over the longest surviving section of the Roman Ridge and a local dog walker pointed out a medieval well to us too.

Finally we returned to Pottery Ponds to view the Waterloo Kiln the former home of Rockingham Pottery.

Well done to the 22 adults and one junior who completed the walk especially Lynne & Glyn Walker and Alison Cull who walked with DVWG for the first time today.

Afterwards some of our party adjourned to the Gate Inn, Swinton for a post walk beer, the regulars of which gave generously to our bucket collection in aid of YAA. Many thanks to all.

Hooton Pagnell Circular - 15th April

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 3 | Posted 15/4/2019

Seventeen adults and one child met in Hooton Pagnell for our Circular walk this afternoon. Starting out from the Hostel pub we ventured through the churchyard to take a footpath opposite Hooton Pagnell Hall which took us across Mapple Yard.

A short stretch of road walking followed before we took a path at right angles to the roadway to Frickley Hall which which took us around Hooton Pagnell Wood and then across open fields to Elmsall Lane.

Here we joined the Frickley Railway path which follows the rout of a disused railway line before dropping down to Moorhouse Grange. We then had a short break at Moorhouse Grange’s small orchard before passing the Equestrian Centre and taking Stanwell Lane. This is a rather short, sharp up hill section which eventually brought us out at the top of Lenny Balk.

Our route then took us down the tree lined Byway known as Old Street which then opened out as we passed the edge of Hampole Wood and, after being advised by some local knowledge, we deviated slightly from our original route to continue onto Lound Lane and then took the Narrow Balk path back into the village.

On our return this gave us a slightly extended walk of 6.12 miles. Thanks to everyone who joined us on the walk and we hope to see you on another very soon.

Sprotbrough and Cusworth Walk - 14th April

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 2 | Posted 14/4/2019

On day two of our festival, another healthy turnout stretched local parking resources as we assembled in Sprotbrough.  Picking up Linear Park, a disused railway line which has been resurfaced for outdoor pursuits, we passed alongside housing where a WWII tank factory once stood.  We then headed on the Cusworth Cycle Trail, passing the Gamekeeper's Cottage and lakes at the foot of the hill where Cusworth Hall stands in its splendour.

From here, we passed though fields on tracks, crossing beneath the A1(M) and emerging near the Ivanhoe pub.  Behind this is a cricket pitch, where we took lunch, watching the match that was in progress, before descending to the 800-year-old St Mary's Church.  Our return leg took us through housing and local woodland, crossing over the A1 to meet Linear Park once again and return to our start point.

We holed up back at the Ivanhoe for refreshments, where the generous locals helped swell Yorkshire Air Ambulance's coffers before we went our separate ways.  22 adult walkers and six children took part today and we welcomed another handful of new faces.

Back marking this one was a certain Dave Richardson, who clocked up 1000 miles walked with the group, so a big well done to him.

The Easter bonnet competition was won by Nicola Royston (adults) and jointly by Rhys and Oliver Powell (juniors).

Darfield Boundary Walk - April 13th

Dearne Valley Walking Festival - Day 1 | Posted 13/4/2019

It is not very often that DVWG are in a self congratulatory mood about their achievements, however if there is one day to reflect today is the day.

Today is DVWGs 10th birthday and the start of our Dearne Valley Walking Festival, which after several months of planning all came together superbly and an enjoyable day was had by all.

Our day started outside the Old Moor Tavern in Broomhill where the Mayor of Barnsley, Steve Green attended to meet us all and conduct a brief opening ceremony, which entailed posing for a photo with our group whilst shaking hands with DVWG Chairman David Kirk who presented the Mr Green with a commemorative tankard as a thank you for attending.

Our Darfield Boundary Walk kicked off from Broomhill walking along Old Doncaster Road and crossing fields to reach Darfield Bridge, from here we walked the river bank alongside the River Dearne before crossing field paths part of the Dearne Way to reach Edderthorpe Lane.

From here we continued along the Dearne Way before emerging onto Doncaster Road crossing and walking down fields to Netherwood School.

Our walk continued along the River Dove to the Low Valley area finally walking Ings Lane onto Old Moor Wetlands, a superb walk across this area in early afternoon spring sunshine back to Broomhill where our 6 miles walk ended with a beer back at the Old Moor Tavern.

It was a great day for DVWG with a party of 28 adults and two children completing our walk. It was also great to welcome see x new faces to our ranks, therefore a big hello and welcome goes out to Steve Child, Glenys Peace, Shiela Adams, Marion Russell, Steve Ellis and Robina Crabtree who walked with DVWG for the fist time today.

Finally a big well done to Sue Sanders who chalked up 100 miles season to date today too.

We hope to see as many as possible for our walk at Sprotbrough tomorrow.



New Walks Online

Posted 8/4/2019

With the forthcoming festival, work commitments, and other issues, the diary is a little late this time.

However, the quarterly bulletin is now downloadable in the usual formats on the Downloads page and the Events page is stuffed to the brim with three months worth of walking fun.

The last quarter was an outstanding success for Dearne Valley Walking Group and we hope this crop of walks will have both established participants and those who haven't stepped out with us before, reaching for their boots. See you all soon