Haw Park Woods Walk and Junior Presentation - 14th July

Posted 14/7/2019

A modest party of 9 - five adults and four juniors - commenced our walk from the familiar surroundings of Anglers Country Park.  In a walk of varied terrain, we firstly skirted between Cold Hiendley and Wintersett reservoirs, before taking a narrow course through a crop field into Cold Hiendley village.  The bridleway we have previously taken from here was completely obliterated by nettles, necessitating a bit of roadside walking before we picked up a further track through crops to join the Barnsley Boundary path,  This also was somewhat overgrown but just about traversible, bringing us out on Navvy Lane, which we followed for the short distance into Old Royston.

Here we picked up the Trans Pennine Trail, firstly in a deep cutting alongside the bright green waters of the disused Barnsley Canal, which nature has reclaimed in spectacular fashion, before a busy road crossing and a track across the reservoir end and into Haw Park Woods.

Taking the broad track past Fox Well to the timber yard, we hit the familiar path back Anglers Country Park, this last stretch being a reverse of the beginning of our last walk here.  On return to our start point, we were met by our Chairman, David Kirk, for presentations to our junior walkers.  There was a plaque and certificate for Maya and plaques, certificates and trophies for our top three walkers from last season - Oliver, Jack and Rhys.

As Jack and indeed his mum Kasia had completed 100 miles last season - the first season they have achieved this feat - they both received their customary shirts. A trip to the ice cream van and outdoor play area then made for a fine end to a fine day's walking.  Thanks as ever to those who attended today, for your continuing support of group activities.

Ulley Evening Walk -July 10th

Posted 10/7/2019

A great start to DVWG’s 2019/20 season tonight with a stroll around Ulley.

Starting from the Royal Oak following a Rotherham MBC Doorstep Walk, we crossed field paths to reach Morthen Brook following it through woodland to Ulley Reservoir.

Upon reaching the dam wall we were treated to an open view of the reservoir where the local sailing club were training, we walked alongside the reservoir to enter Ulley Country Park.

We re-traced our steps to complete this rather warm 3.6 miles evening stroll before enjoying a well earned drink in the Royal Oak.

Well done to the ten adults and one junior who attended. A big hello and welcome goes out to Joanne Jubb who walked with DVWG for the first time tonight.

Highfields Country Park Toddler Walk- 30th June

Posted 30/6/2019

And so the curtain falls on another fine season of walking for Dearne Valley Walking Group.  Today's caper was our quarterly toddler walk, aiming as ever to get our very youngest participants some healthy exercise and walking experience. As it was, six adults attended with five walking children and baby Charlie in his pushchair making up the dozen.

Unfortunately, whilst the Doncaster Council leaflet shows walking routes starting from the car park, which is behind Woodland Park Club, the postcode they supply on their website is for a residential street about a quarter of a mile away!  Hence our party took some assembling before we could make a start.  Descending to the lake, we headed west on parkland tracks to meet a disused railway line, ascending a short flight of steps onto the Roman Ridge, which we followed south before entering Hanging Wood. We then followed a rather overgrown path along the back of the houses on Coppice Road, to emerge back at the lake, of which a three-quarter lap returned us to our cars.

Highfield Country Park is a lovely green space, with grassland, lakes and weeping willows aplenty and Hanging Wood is a pleasant suburban woodland.  Sadly the wood and, to a lesser but still significant degree, park are marred by the blights of littering and fly-tipping.  Nevertheless, at 1.75 miles it was a good distance on mostly good paths that suited the intended audience well.  All except 6-month-old Charlie, who was on his first outing with the group, walked the full distance unaided and so we sign off with a thanks to the grown-ups and a well done to the little ones for completing today's walk.

We now look forward to a new season for the group, with a jam-packed first quarterly diary and also to the forthcoming presentation events. We hope to see you all soon.

Bolton Abbey Walk - 29th June

Posted 29/6/2019

The forecasted heat was undoubtedly a factor as a small group of 5 adults completed a 7.5 mile circular walk from Bolton Abbey.

Starting from the main car park we walked alongside the B6160 and through an impressive stone archway before taking a track on the left opposite Bolton Hall which led to a bridleway. This we followed slowly uphill through a field of cows to Westy Bank Wood.

The bridleway weaved its way through the wood to emerge onto open moorland. As we crossed the moorland to Middle Hare head we were thankful that, although warm, there was still plenty of cloud cover that was protecting us from the direct sun.

We descended the far side of Middle Hare Head and took an angled path that led us through some rather marshy land to eventually emerge opposite Strid Wood Team Rooms. We took the opportunity to have our lunch break on the grass adjacent to the tea rooms before following the path through Strid Wood to view The Strid itself.

Continuing alongside the River Wharf we eventually reached the Cavendish Pavillion where we crossed the river and followed the path on the opposite bank.  As we did so the river bank on the car park side of the river was awash with day trippers enjoying the hot weather.

After weaving our way through woodland alongside the river we emerged onto a grassy field to give a distant view of the remains of Bolton Priory. Following the path we crossed the river by the bridge next to a set of stepping stones to reach the Priory itself.

Following a brief look around the Priory we completed pour walk back to the car park and then finished the trip with a visit to the Tea on the Green café for a drink and some cake, scones and ice cream.

Well done to the five people who completed this walk in sweltering conditions. The walk was well worth the trip but given the weather conditions it was understandable the number of people who decided not to walk.

Barnsley Ale Trail Walk - June 22nd

Posted 22/6/2019

A steady 11 miles for DVWG in glorious sunshine as we plodded around the borough completing our Barnsley Walking Ale Trail.

Starting from The Fairway in Dodworth, we crossed Silkstone Golf Course and local paths and fields emerging in the beautiful village of Cawthorne, where our next stop was Cawthorne Bottom Club.

Our party were confronted with a membership issue, where David Kirk was asked to become a member of the club in order for our party to be served, membership cost £1 !!

From here we entered Cawthorne Park and took a steady walk up to the Cherry Tree in High Hoyland our next pit stop.

Our next leg was a descent into the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, always popular destination for DVWGs walks, where we wondered at some of the new exhibits whilst following the riverside path through the park.

We emerged just outside Haigh where our next pit stop was The Old Post Office, before joining the Dearne Way for the last stop in Darton.

The Old Co-op Ale House is always a pleasant place to stop for a drink and Alasdair the co-owner, who has walked with DVWG from time to time always give our group a warm welcome.

A beer and quick reflection on the day for our party before we went our separate ways after an excellent days walking.

Thanks to Alison for leading this walk and for our party of ten walkers who attended.

Well done goes out to Audrey Brownridge who hit 300 miles season to date on this walk.


Barnburgh Evening Walk

Posted 20/6/2019

Thirteen adults and one junior embarked on Dearne Valley Walking Group’s 4.58 mile Barnburgh Evening Walk on a lovely evening yesterday.

Starting from the Crown Inn at Barnburgh we followed Doncaster Road into Barnburgh, passing St Peter’s Church before making our way through the village to join the Trans Pennine Trail.

The Trail took us along Mill Lane and along the bank of the River Dearne as far as Denaby Ings Nature Reserve where we then took the pavement alongside Pastures Road to join Melton Mill Lane.

Here a convenient footpath enabled us to walk along the field edge away from the road as far as Grange Lane which we then followed past Barnburgh Grange, across Barnburgh Common and back to our start point for a post-walk drink at the Crown Inn, who we thank for their hospitality and for allowing us to use their car park.

The walk saw us welcome a new face in form of Wayne Cousins who we hope enjoyed his first walk with us and we congratulate Kasia & Jack Wolniewicz who both passed 100 miles walked with the group this season.

Spurn Point Walk - June 15th

Posted 15/6/2019

Anyone who saw when DVWG’s April to June 2019 walks diary when it was published earlier this year will probably recollect our intention to lead a walk at Tan Hill In on the North Pennines on June 15th. Unfortunately we were unable to secure a bus for return travel and we therefore had to substitute this outing with a Spurn Point Walk.

What a substitute it turned out to be.

The journey to Kilnsea is not easy, a slow road network east of Hull means that it is an additional 45 minutes to travel there. The villages between Hull and Kilnsea are quaint but lack a lot of the basic facilities we take for granted.

Our party arrived in Kilnsea and prior to parking had already taken a glimpse of the Humber Estuary in its full glory as we approached the car park, parking alongside the now deserted Blue Bell Café.

Our walk commenced along the road leading out to Spurn Point passing the observatory of the Spurn Nature Reserve to where the road becomes a dead end, here we walked a stretch of beach through some quite soft sand to reach a causeway path which led out onto the peninsula.

I expected that the walk would have an exposed feel with sea always visible at either side, however on the causeway it was somewhat sheltered due to the high sea defences, our view was inwards to the Humber which was at quite low tide.

As we neared the lighthouse we were able to see several cargo ships which were being guided out of the river and were able to witness their speed of travel. Soon we were at the Humber Lifeboat Station and the views started to open out quite dramatically.

From here we were unable to walk much further on the causeway, however as the tide was low we able to extend our intended walk and drop onto the adjacent beach and walked along one of the most unspoilt stretches of coastline in the region to the very southern tip of Spurn Point. Here there was a lovely wide expanse of golden sand and views both out to sea and across to Cleethorpes and Grimsby. It was quite eerie to view the two forts in the Humber Estuary from the opposite side for a change.

On the southern tip of the point we got quite up close and personal with a rather fast moving cargo vessel called the Ark Dania.

Re-tracing our steps back to the lifeboat station and an extended lunch stop took place before walking back along the causeway and beach to Kilnsea and the end of our walk.

Best of all the weather was better than we dared hope for and the rain stayed away throughout our walk.

Anyone who is considering a trip to Spurn Point will not regret it, it is a simply beautiful place, which unfortunately is eroding away, we certainly saw evidence of this with fragments of broken up road etc. along the way. There are several other pieces of evidence of WWII along the way, not to mention the beautiful beaches and stunning views. It will certainly be a place where DVWG will return at some point.

All good walks finish at a good pub and the Crown and Anchor in Kilnsea was no exceptions where from its benches outside the front door we were able to view the Humber Estuary in all its glory before taking our long journey home.

Well done to the eleven adults and one junior who attended this 8.7 miles walk. A big hello and welcome also goes out to David Freeman who walked with DVWG for the first time today.