Bronte Classic Walk - October 7th

Posted 9/10/2018

A great day out for DVWG in the Haworth area walking the Bronte Classic Walk.


An early 8AM start for our bus party and the people who chose to make their own way there, assembling in Haworth in time for a cuppa and light breakfast before walking.


A gentle ascent along Penistone Hill out of Haworth led us to the Moors and onto the Millennium Way to Bronte Falls.


We paused here for photo opportunities in the picturesque valley before starting a quite strenuous ascent to Top Withens.


Arriving at Top Withens the weather was now superb and we were pleasantly surprised to find restoration of this important monument is now in progress, a short breather here and we proceeded onto the moor to bag Haworth Moor Trig.

The views on the Moor was simply stunning.


Returning to Top Withens we took a lunch break after we resumed we descended from the Moor along the Pennine Way, here we had an opportunity for a pub stop at The Friendly in Stanbury. The pub certainly lived up to its name.


Resuming our walk, we crossed the dam wall at Lower Laithe Reservoir, taking the short walk into Haworth and the end of our walk.


A great turn out for this 8.2 miles stunning walk, well done to all who completed it.


Special well done to Nicola Royston our first 100 mile walker of the 2018/19 season and to David Richardson & Emily Kirk who both clocked up 900 miles cumulatively on this walk.


After finishing the walk there was time for our party to enjoy a beer, cuppa or browse around Haworth before our journey home.


A rather tired and subdued party boarded the Wombwell bound bus home, thanks to Eastmans Coaches who once again did us proud with transport.


All in all it was another great day out for DVWG.

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Yorkshire Dales Weekend - September 29th/30th

Posted 30/9/2018

An excellent weekend away for DVWG this weekend, as a large group of our regular walkers visited the Yorkshire Dales to walk, socialise and generally engage in silliness which has now become connected with these type of DVWG adventures. So our story begins ……

It was an extremely early start for most of our party on Saturday morning, with our party rising before dawn in order to travel to the Yorkshire Dales for a 10am meet and walk start at Ribblehead for 10am. Our party of twelve assembled.

The start however was slightly delayed as we searched in vain for toilet facilities, setting off at around 10:20am heading for the summit of Whernside and the roof of Yorkshire.

Although it was a sunny day, the temperature was quite cool, it was also quite windy, nevertheless our party made good progress walking alongside the viaduct through Little Dale and onto the Dales High Way as we commenced a reasonably gentle ascent of the mountain.

Ascending Slack Hill we left the Dales High Way shortly after seeing Force Gill waterfall walking along a footpath passing Grain Head and Pot Hole with the footpath steepening sharply as we climbed onto the ridge of the Whernside massif.

Once on the ridge we continued to climb quite steeply to Cable Rake Top, here we decided to take an early lunch break at Cable Rake Top sheltering in front of a wall from the cold wind.

After lunch we walked the last few hundred yards along the ridge to the summit trig point and the roof of Yorkshire. It’s fair to say that the summit has a magnificent view and the weather was kind enough for us to enjoy a view. Shelly and Andrea were however a little engrossed in conversation, missed the summit and started their descent, happily we managed to recall them to the summit and take some group shots at the summit to mark our achievement.

Whilst the Yorkshire 3 Peaks walks is doubtless popular and obviously raises thousands for charity every year, it is fair to say there seems to be little attraction for our party trying to cover 23 miles and 3 peaks in 12 hours, watching some people trying to do this, moving a speed it seems that it is not a pleasurable “walk” as there is certainly no time to stop and enjoy the beautiful views around them.

After completing our summit photography, it was time to descend via Skelside to Bruntscar. It’s fair to say that the descent from the ridge was steep and technically very tricky due to exposed stones and loose scree. Our party descended steadily and safely. We next crossed fields to Winterscales Beck, which was completely dry and we momentarily mistook it for our bridleway back to Ribblehead, which we duly found walking the short distance to pass under the fine Victorian structure that is Ribblehead Viaduct to the road and the end of our walk.

Despite walking to the top of Whernside, a highly respectable 736m above sea level and the tricky descent, it was still only 2:45pm, our party had excelled in their efforts covering the 8.5 miles and ascent very briskly indeed, it was time to celebrate in true DVWG style with a post walk drink at the Station Inn at Ribblehead, after which it was time to go our separate ways. Rob Evans had joined us for the day, therefore he was returning home, the majority of our party were staying at Ingleton YHA, whilst some of our party had opted for other accommodation options. Our main party took the short drive to Ingleton.

The YHA in Ingleton is centrally located in the village down a narrow side street and is somewhat difficult to access by car but nevertheless it proved to be a fantastic base. Unfortunately though were unable to check in until 5:30pm that meant we had an hour or so to explore Ingleton.

Whilst a couple of our party opted for a cup of tea in a nearby cafĂ©, the majority of our party headed for the Three Horseshoes pub and a couple of further drinks whilst watching BBC’s Final Score programme, as you can tell, this was about to get incredibly messy…….

After around ten years practice of taking DVWG groups on weekends away involving mountain walks and overnight stays in hostels it has become apparent that our group of normally respectable citizens regress into childhood silliness in this environment, we feel sure that if a trip was ever arranged which involved accommodation in a camping barn this would quickly descend into the law of the jungle.

Arriving at our opposite rooms, there were no personal possessions of Nicola’s or Audrey’s in the room, (they had checked in earlier), our males opted for room 10 and the females room 11, so imagine Audrey’s shock upon returning to room 10, where she had earlier checked into and partially made beds up to find our male party as residents, her face was a picture.

Within 5 minutes of being removed from the room, Audrey returned to the room with further female backing to repossess the room, to no avail. The next protest from the females was about the fact that the beds in room 10 had been made up, at which point Steve Pennock decided to calm the situation by telling Audrey this was the reason she had been invited to make the beds. Seemingly Steve’s application for the HM Diplomatic Service has been unsuccessful!

What followed can only be described as Operation Desert Storm by our females led by Nicola Royston to repossess items of bedding from room 10, a point of principle proved here!

More silliness followed with shower temperature adjustments being made in the men’s room whilst the women risked eviction by smuggling in and drinking Prosecco.

Next we were off to the Wheatsheaf in Ingleton for our group meal, our YHA party were joined by Sophie, Sue and Stuart as well as Alison and Mark who had travelled for Sunday’s walk. It was a great meal, thanks to Steve’s effort in organising.

It was obvious by this point there would be a few more beers drank by our party and hopefully some dancing too, Paul Whitham had transformed himself into John Travolta for the evening in white disco attire, unfortunately Ingleton is too sleepy to be “Staying Alive” and we finished up watching an assembled folk band before a quick night cap in the Three Horseshoes before bed, this is a very different Yorkshire to the one we are used to.

Once in the men’s room David Kirk managed to lock himself in the toilet much to Steve Pennock’s amusement, until it happened to him the following morning.

We awoke the next morning early, with Steve and Paul protesting that the night before had, “been like sleeping with a wild boar”, or “like Yorkshire Wildlife Park” referring to David’s snoring, even a recording had been made!

The females gave a similar account of their evening with Audrey being named as the main culprit, Emma also admitted snoring offences, whilst a third female culprit was anonymous, following our journey home we can exclusively reveal Shelly as a suspect, however in order to crown our new club snoring champion, Steve has suggested that a “snore off” takes place between David and Audrey. Steve meanwhile was crowned DVWG’s new rectal gas champion!

After breakfast it was time for our second walk around the Ingleton Waterfall Trail, a surprisingly strenuous yet beautiful circuit along the River Twiss and River Doe seeing the stunning waterfalls of Pecca Falls, Thornton Force, Beezley Falls, Snow Falls and Baxenghyll Gorge to name but a few. The walk around the trail is simply stunning and well worth the £6 admission.

At the end of the walk it was time to head for home with hearty goodbyes ringing in our ears bringing to an end a superb weekend for DVWG walking in some of the finest Yorkshire countryside and enjoying a social evening and some enthusiastic but friendly banter between our groups. What could possibly be better?

Thank you to everyone who came along for the weekend and well done for taking part in the walks. One final question remains unanswered however, what was the jam jar conversation about?

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New Events Added

Posted 27/9/2018

Due to other commitments, it proved impossible to assemble the group's committee for the Oct/Nov/Dec walk planning meeting until 25th September!  Whilst it will take us a few more days to get the finished diary out, given the short notice, we have added the first month's events to the Events page for your perusal.  The rest of the diary will follow in the coming days.

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Whernside Walk - Important Information

Posted 25/9/2018

To anyone considering travelling to the Yorkshire Dales for our Whernside Walk.


It is very important that this walk starts punctually, therefore we ask everyone to be on time and assembled at the start point at the stipulated time.

Furthermore, to anyone who is still deciding whether to attend, it is important that DVWG are contacted by Friday September 28th to confirm your attendance. 

We ask that people observe these requests in order to maximise daylight and to ensure that no one is left behind by arriving late or due to our walk leaders not knowing someone is attending.

Please be aware that the mobile phone signal in the Yorkshire Dales is erratic.


Thank you for your co-operation.

David Kirk

Chairman - DVWG

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Hunshelf Family Walk - September 23rd

Posted 23/9/2018
A lovely 5.3 miles family walk today from Oxspring crossing Black Moor to reach Hunshelf Bank. From here walking along the bank side were some fabulous views of the surrounding area in the autumn sunshine.
After pausing at the viewing point just outside Green Moor we walked into the village passing Trunce Farm en route for the River Don and the mighty stepping stones which our party negotiated with ease, returning to Black Moor where it was just a short distance to Oxspring and the end of the walk.
Well done to the seven adult and four children who completed this family walk.
Finally a big hello to Max Latto and Mark Willis who walked with DVWG for the first time today.
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Roseberry Topping & Captain Cook's Monument Walk - 22nd September

Posted 22/9/2018

Dearne Valley Walking Group made their second visit in two weeks to North Yorkshire today as eleven walkers, comprising of ten adults and one child, completed a 6.53 mile circuit from Great Ayton, taking in Captain Cook’s Monument and the distinctive hill Roseberry Topping.

Once we had overcome the confusion of waiting for a Gary to arrive and subsequently finding out Gary was actually Rob who was already with us we got on our way!

Leaving the picturesque village of Great Ayton via Station Road we made our may past the rather remote local station and over the railway line. We then took a right turn to follow a path which took us slowly up hill past Round Hill to Ayton Banks Wood. At this point the path became rather steep, leading to some rather loud groans from our group.

After completing the steep climb the path levelled out as it reached Easby Moor and me made our way across open ground to Captain Cook’s Monument where we stopped to admire the view and the monument as well as having a group photograph taken. The 18 metre high monument was erected by Whitby banker Robert Campion in 1827 in memory of the celebrated circumnavigator Captain James Cook.

Our route then took us onto the Cleveland Way across Little Ayton Moor, passing the location of an aircraft crash in 1940 where an RAF Lockheed Hudson NR-E from Thornaby Aerodrome crashed. We then dropped down Cockshaw Hill to cross a road and then had a short, steep ascent up to Great Ayton Moor as we continued along the Cleveland Way, with an excellent view of Roseberry Topping on our left.

We continued on to Newton Moor where the Cleveland Way continued to the right and we were to take a path to the left to take us to Roseberry Topping. Before proceeding we took a short lunch break in the shelter of a wall and then continued, taking a short detour to take in Little Roseberry Hill before ascending Roseberry Topping itself. Here we posed for the obligatory group photo and took in the panoramic views.

We descended Roseberry Topping by retracing our steps slightly and then taking a steep path on the right. After starting this descent we realised we really ought to have continued a little further before taking another less steep path on the right which was to join up with the path we had taken. Several of our group opted to take this easier option before joining back up with the rest of the group at the foot of the hill.

A gradual descent followed as we passed a shooting box as we followed a path towards Cliff Rigg Quarry and then continued to descend through Cliff Ridge Wood and Rye Hill before crossing the railway line and passing Cleveland Lodge as we emerged back in Great Ayton where most of our group visited the Royal Oak pub for a post walk pint.

Well done to the 11 people who completed this walk and welcome to Lynne Green who walked with Dearne Valley Walking Group for the first time today.

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Blown Away Toddler Walk - September 16th

Posted 16/9/2018

DVWGs second walk of the weekend was our quarterly toddler walk for our youngest participants. A 1.6 miles steady walk around the “Blown Away” trail at Pugney’s Country Park near Wakefield.Six adults and seven children attended the walk in glorious autumn sunshine, albeit a tad windy.

The Blown Away Trail follows the story of the children’s book, Blown Away which is about the mischievous wind and its effects, several signs with blown away items are strategically placed on a lap of the lake.

All in all this was a fun event aimed at getting our youngest participants out walking.

At the end of the walk there were opportunities for a visit to the Pirates Cove play area and for the older assembled children, David, Emily, Emma and Nick an opportunity to demonstrate their prowess on the adjacent zip wire.

Of course there was time for ice cream to finish off the event too.

Well done to all our youngsters who completed the walk and thank you to the adults who supported the event.

A final special mention goes to Harvey Coy who demonstrated how to enjoy muddy puddles and his younger brother Toby who demonstrated that eating ice cream should be a fun but messy affair.

Well done Nick & Emma for this walk.

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