New Diary Oct-Dec 2017 and Newsletter

Posted 17/9/2017

The latest diary has just gone online and is available in the usual formats in the Downloads section.  Here you will also see a new link to a quarterly newsletter.  This additional publication, courtesy of new (and less idle) Vice Chair, Steve Pennock, also contains the calendar of walks as well as other news about the group.  We are sure you will enjoy reading it and find it a useful resource. 

The Events page now also looks rather more healthy.  Once again we listened to our participants and have tried to mix some unexplored territory with some popular local routes.  We trust it will meet with approval and hope to see a continuing healthy turnout for the walks and socials in the coming months.

Grindleford to Sheffield Ale Trail - September 16th

Posted 17/9/2017

A great walk yesterday, covering 11.3 miles as we walked from Grindleford Station to Sheffield, punctuated with some sampling of local ales.


After a belated start after Emma Powell's delayed train forced her to miss her planned connection to Grindleford, we commenced with a tough ascent to Padley Gorge and on to our first pub stop The Fox House after emerging from the Longshaw Estate.


After our first refreshment, we walked the byway known locally as Houndkirk Road from end to end emerging at the Norfolk Arms at Ringinglow, more refreshment.


From here we set off on field paths, heading for Nether Edge following the River Sheaf to Sheaf Dams and to the Rising Sun at Nether Edge, we could have had an entire beer festival there.


From here it was a walk through the lovely, busy Endcliffe Park in autumn sunshine to Ecclesall Road and our next pub stop The Porter then walking through the crowded city to our final stop at the Rutland Hotel.


Well done to the 14 people who enjoyed this long social walk, it was certainly something different, hic !!

Nostell Priory Toddler Walk - Sept 10th

Posted 12/9/2017

A party of eight adults and seven youngsters enjoyed this short jaunt round the parkland at Nostell Priory.  We started with a football kickabout on the lawns to the front of the house and walked down the carriageway to the Obelisk. From here we took a grassy track round the meadow perimeter before a lunch break at the beck-side picnic area.  Our short walk concluded with a wander back to the boathouse and a return to the house.  We then enjoyed tea and cakes from the National Trust Cafe before going our separate ways.

It was a pleasure as always to see Sophie, Oliver and Noah complete this one under their own steam with minimal assistance. Also, of course to see Maya and Logan taking early steps with the group.  

Eyam And Foolow Well Dressings Family Walk - 27th August

Sorry for the late write up! | Posted 6/9/2017

This thoroughly enjoyable family caper set off, in welcome late summer sun, from the Peak District village of Eyam.  This picture postcard village, with its museum, church, hall and plague cottages is a stunning piece of living history.  After viewing the Tolkien-themed Well Dressing at Townhead, we took a well surfaced farm lane towards Foolow - a small but itself picturesque place - to see the Summer Of Love Well Dressing on the village green.  Lunch was taken, the tea room sampled (or in some cases a cheeky pint in the village pub!) before heading on paths through fields back towards Eyam. 

Crossing the lane we came out on, we continued on paths down to Eyam Hall and then down the main road through the village to Town End, where two more Well Dressings were found.  Across the road from this, the Miners Arms had a beer festival and hog roast - a fine way to conclude a fine day's walking!

Thanks to the 17 adults and 4 kids who attended.  There wasn't much to dislike about this one!

Brecon Beacons Walk

Posted 3/9/2017

Once again it’s pleasing to report that we have conducted a walk where all our plans and the weather came together to create a near perfect days walking for Dearne Valley Walking Group during our Brecon Beacons walk yesterday.

Our group of nine walkers travelled to South Wales during the of Friday, where we used the Premier Inn at Ebbw Vale as our base for the weekend, meeting up for a couple of social beers to plan timings for the following day.

We had decided to change the start point of the walk from the Storey Arms to start from the Taf Fechan Forest, where it would be possible to do a horseshoe walk of the surrounding peaks to Pen-Y-Fan too without increasing mileage or ascent too greatly. The walk along the road from the car park to Neuadd Reservoirs where our ascent started did however instantly add two miles to the overall walk.

From here there was a rather sharp ascent where we did a 700ft height gain in just over half a mile to get onto the Graig Fan Ddu ridge.

From here we walked along the ridge and around the horseshoe until we reached our first peak of the day, Corn Ddu, (873m), by now the views had really opened up into full 360 degree views and visibility was almost perfect, on one of the best walking days of the year as far as visibility at height is concerned.

From here we made the short trip to our second peak, Pen-Y-Fan the highest British Peak south of Snowdonia which stands at 886 Metres. Here we stopped, and queued for a summit picture and had a lunch break enjoying the stunning views. Jane & Dean Duke enjoyed a champagne lunch here to celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary.

From here with everyone fed and still feeling energetic we walked onwards to conquer our next peak, Cribyn, (795m), which involved a 700ft descent and an ascent of 400 feet in just over three quarters of a mile, as you can imagine our party found this quite tough.

From here it was on to our final peak of the day, Fan-Y-Big, which once again we descended steeply from the previous peak, (about 600 feet) to climb around 370 feet to reach the summit of our final peak.

By now we were starting to tire somewhat and from here it was a final descent and walk back down the valley to the forest and the end of our walk. Our party called off for an end of walk drink in true DVWG style at the Red Cow Inn in the village of Pontsticill which we passed through on our return journey to Ebbw Vale.

Well done to our party of nine people, who took on this DVWG mountain day covering 11.1 miles, with a stunning 1456 metres of ascent at a reasonable pace. It was a tremendous days walking and a tremendous achievement to bag four peaks too, this is also more commendable when our party comprised of several individuals who are either infrequent or relatively new walkers with DVWG. A big hello also goes out to Marie Beckett who chose this walk to make her DVWG debut.

If you haven’t seen them already watch out for the pictures of this walk, Dean and Steve were busy throughout capturing the day and the scenery, taking some stunning shots, hopefully there will inspire us all to a return journey for more Brecon Beacons adventures.

Once back in Ebbw Vale, showering and changing it was time for the now traditional end of mountain walk meal for our group washed down with a few drinks to reflect on a day of mountain walking which was damn near perfect.

As a final footnote to this report, we awoke this morning in South Wales to torrential rain and poor visibility.


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Darfield Evening Walk - August 23rd

Posted 23/8/2017

Our final summer evening walk of the year was a lovely 4 miles late summer stroll in the heart of the Dearne Valley.


Starting from the Cross Keys in Darfield we walked down to the local wetlands, crossing the River Dove and following the River Dearne to Marles Bridge.

From here we walked up the former Doncaster Road and picked up the former Darfield Railway Line, passing the former station in the village and continuing along the disused railway line alongside the River Dearne. It is really quite amazing how quickly this area has been re-claimed by nature since the railway line closed.

After leaving the railway path we crossed the River Dearne and followed the path alongside the river, crossing fields with a pleasant evening view back to Darfield Bridge.

From here it was simply a case of ascending the church steps to finish our walk and retire to the Cross Keys for a well deserved beer.


Well done to the 13 adults and 2 children who attended, especially to Karen Etches who not only clocked up 500 miles walked with DVWG tonight but managed to travel from Wombwell to Darfield to the walk start without getting lost.

Finally a big hello to Daniel Petke and George Gornall who walked with DVWG for the first time tonight.

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Sheriff Hutton & Mowthorpe Hill Walk - August 19th

Posted 20/8/2017

A party of eight attended this 8.4 miles walk.

Starting from the quaint village of Sheriff Hutton we walked along distinct paths on the Ebor Way before ascending Mowthorpe Hill. From here there were magnificent views of the greater York area and the Howardian Hills.

After a lunch break on the outskirts of Terrington we walked on country lanes to the edge of Mowthorpe Dale to the bridleway known locally as the Centenary Way.

Walking along this path it was necessary to cross a field where a herd of bulls was present, however there was only one of our party who was wearing the latest DVWG regalia, which of course is bright red. It is really quite surprising the speed at which Steve Pennock is still capable of moving at !

Our party returned to Sheriff Hutton on local footpaths for a well earned drink at The Highwayman pub.

It has to be said that this area is well worth some further exploration as there are many path in the area and some great views too.

Well done and thanks to everyone who completed this walk.

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