Chinley to Edale Walk - August 18th

Posted 18/8/2018

A great days walking for DVWG today, as ten of our finest took on a strenuous walk starting from Chinley on the western edge of the Peak District, walking to Edale, our walk took us via South Head.

Having previously underestimated how strenuous the walking was in this area, we therefore decided on an early start of 10:00am, which resulted in most of us leaving home at around 8.30am to arrive in Chinley in time for the walk.

After assembling, our walk commenced through the village, famously the home town of Edwina Currie, with a continuous steep ascent for around two miles on local footpaths until we reached the Pennine Bridleway which is north east of the town.

From here it was a rather undulating path around South Head and over towards the two fords at Shake Holes. As you might imagine after the recent hot weather, the fords were almost completely dried out.

We took a lunch break alongside the fords, this gave some of the female members of our group the opportunity to admire the prowess of several male mountain bikers who were taking part in a mountain bike marathon along the Pennine Bridleway.

After our lunch break it was time for ascent once again crossing Tom Moor Plantation until we reached the road above Perryfoot.

From here it was time to leave the Pennine Bridleway and head for Edale starting out across the bridleway onto Rushup Edge.

Instead of continuing on Rushup Edge, we headed on a track known locally as Chapel Gate with yet more ascent before reaching the Edale Valley.

The weather so far had been somewhat overcast with light breeze, however upon reaching the top of the Edale Valley, the sun came out for what turned out to be a rather hot afternoon in the Peak District. The view from the top of the valley was simply stunning.

We commenced our descent into Edale down a rather tricky track which was quite slippy, fortunately no one fell and we descended safely reaching the road at Barber Booth, where we walked the last mile or so on the road to reach Edale and the end of our walk, where there was time for our group to have a beer or in some cases a well-deserved cuppa before taking the train home after a tiring but wonderful days walking in the Peak District.

Well done to the ten of DVWG’s finest who walked, whilst only 8.08 miles, 1620 feet of ascent made for quite a strenuous walk.

Finally a big hello and welcome goes to Rob Evans who walked with DVWG for the first time today.


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Tankersley Old Hall Evening Walk - August 16th

Posted 18/8/2018

A lovely evening walk tonight starting from Harley walking up the medieval Black Lane to Tankersley Old Hall which featured in the film Kes. We then walked through Bellground Wood and over to Skiers Spring before returning to Harley on field paths, sampling blackberries as we walked.

Well done to our party of thirteen who completed this 3.2 miles stroll. A fitting end to our summer evening walks. A big hello goes out to Mark Waite who walked with us for the first time tonight.

Our evening ended with a drink in The Horseshoe and a lively debate about pop music. A great night all in all.


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Rother Valley Family Walk and Picnic - 12th August

Posted 12/8/2018

Trust DVWG to schedule our summer family picnic on the first wet weekend for three months!  Sadly, this resulted in a very depleted turnout of six - four adults, two children, both kids belonging to the walk leaders!  In the absence of other families and the light but constant rain, there was little point in attempting a picnic. So it was the Rother Valley Family Walk and Picnic without the families. Or the picnic.

Rother Valley Park is a beautiful and extensive country park with a huge lake, and indeed our route today was simply a single lap of this, which comes in at three miles!  On the lake is a water assault course, waterskiing towed by an overhead cable system. sailing, fishing and a range of waterfowl. Off it are well-surfaced tracks, a cycle hire centre, cafe and playground.  Today, a charity fun-run was also taking place.  With so much going on, it was an entertaining affair - the kids taking particular delight in falling waterskiers - and the weather held off just enough to keep the walking pleasant.  One slightly sour note was that the pay and display parking has been replaced with a cabin at the entrance, charging a flat fee of £5 per vehicle to park, regardless of planned length of stay.

Nevertheless, this was an enjoyable outing for our small gang, so thank you to those who attended.

The Edges Walk - August 4th

Posted 5/8/2018

Today’s 8 mile walk for our party of 8 ladies started from the Grouse Inn on the edge of the Longshaw Estate. The sun was shining but with a pleasant breeze to cool us down we walked towards the Hurkling Stone and along White Edge before the obligatory group photo at White Edge trig point.

We then crossed the Curbar road, where we were delighted to encounter a small group of highland cattle on the path coming towards us. This was followed not long after by another with her nervous calf. We stopped briefly to admire them then made our way to Wellington’s Monument where we paused for lunch.

Continuing on our way we passed the Eagle Stone and headed for Curbar Gap. The rest of the walk was along Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge and then back to the Grouse Inn for a well earned drink in the now hot sunshine.

Well done to everyone who completed this walk in the hot sunshine.

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Wentworth Monuments Walk - July 29th

Posted 29/7/2018

After the recent  heatwave it was a refreshing change to walk in rain. 

Our party of eleven adults and two dogs started from the village car park in Wentworth and headed out along Main Street leaving the road to continue on the footpaths through Wentworth Park, walking past the   impressive stable block and then the magnificent Wentworth Woodhouse.

Continuing on the main footpath leading to Greasborough dams we passed the Bean Seat and Doric Temple eventually taking the public footpath on the left crossing fields to walk towards the back of the Mausoleum.

The footpath eventually joined Stubbin Road and here we had a stretch of pavement walking up towards Higher Stubbin. We then cut across the fields towards Hoober Stand. We took a quick break here to admire this folly before continuing on our way through the small woodland finally crossing a field to enter Street.

After walking through Street we continued towards Wentworth but taking time out to do a short detour to admire the Needles Eye. We then returned to Wentworth village via Coaley Lane having completed 6.2 miles. This was followed by a quick drink at The Rockingham Arms. 

A warm welcome to Jane Beever and Eric Wardman who walked with us for the first time today.

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Strines Walk & Social - July 21st

Posted 22/7/2018

The blistering heatwave subsided a little today, giving us a mild and slightly overcast day, with a gentle breeze.Thus, our party of eleven adults and three kids enjoyed a pleasant circuit of Little Howden Moor in near-perfect walking conditions, before retiring to the Strines Inn for food and refreshments.

Starting out from the pub, we headed back on Mortimer Road towards Langsett but only for two hundred yards or so, before picking up Foulstone Road - a broad and surfaced bridle path heading westward and relentlessly upward, towards our two summits. At the boundary of the Peak District National Park, we turned right to the rocky outcrop and trig point of Back Tor, dipping back down briefly before ascending Lost Lad. The toposcope here helped us identify countless other peaks our group have tackled over recent years.

Descending onto Little Howden Moor we then cut back eastwards to complete our loop back to the end of Foulstone Road. We then retraced our steps for the final mile to return to the famous old Inn.

This was a fairly short walk at 6 miles but the climbs involved made us earn our hearty feast back at the Strines Inn, where decent food and excellent company rounded off a fine afternoon's walking. Thanks as always to all who attended.

Footnote: Well done to Emma Powell for clocking up 1100 miles walked with DVWG on this walk.

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Wharncliffe Crags Evening Walk - July 18th

Posted 22/7/2018

Another walk in rather hot temperatures for this short evening stroll.

Starting from the TPT car park situated off Finkle Street in Wortley our party set off on the TPT. We were one walker short as Caroline Hallworth who was cycling from Penistone and rung and said she wouldn't arrive in time.

Upon reaching the first junction of paths, Caroline appeared as if by magic, to make the entrance of the century to a DVWG walk. Apparently her bike had a puncture, so after catching the train to Penistone, Caroline had walked to Wortley to join our evening walk.

We ascended into Wharncliffe Woods, rounding the lakes and quickly out onto the crags. What is normally a very leisurely stroll on this route, turned out to be tough work for our party of ten adults and one child. A few breaks on top of the crags to admire the splendid views of the Don Valley and to take on fluid were in order.

Upon reaching the top of the crags we continued onto Wharncliffe Heath an area of outstanding natural beauty and back into the woods, walking the woodland paths back to our cars.

Many thanks and well done to the party of ten adults and one child who walked, especially Linda Booth who walked with us for the first time on this 3.5 miles evening stroll.

DVWG have not walked to the Dragons Oven, a cave situated well inside the woods, or Wharncliffe Waterfall for several years, these walks would be useful additions to future diaries.