Womersley Wander Walk

Posted 13/1/2018

A well-attended local walk today for DVWG completing the Womersley Wander walk, which is a walk published by North Yorkshire County Council which DVWG last walked in early 2013.

The walk crossed Womersley Park to the village of Little Smeaton and then walked on footpaths along the River Went to the outskirts of Norton, here we saw Prior Farm which had remaining medieval buildings which were part of the original monastery on the site of the farm.

Our walk continued to Walden Stubs and alongside Birdswing Woods before walking alongside Womersley Beck back into the village to complete our walk.

Our afternoon was completed with a friendly drink and a chat for the assembled group at the Shoulder of Mutton at Kirk Smeaton.

Well done to the sixteen people who completed this 7.5 miles local walk, a big welcome goes out to Sue White and Terry Sinar who walked with DVWG for the first time today.  

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Roche Abbey Walk - January 7th

Posted 7/1/2018

Our second walk of the weekend was our 7 mile Roche Abbey Walk.

In excellent winter walking weather of cold but dry conditions our group started from Roche Abbey itself, walking directly past the former gatehouse before bearing right past the remains of the Cistercian monastery and into King’s Wood.

As we exited King’s Wood we joined Colonel’s Halt where we left the woodland and made our way across muddy and slippy open fields as we climbed gradually up to Slade Hooton and then on to Brookhouse. Here we stopped for an impromptu refreshment stop at the Travellers Rest pub before leaving along a footpath at the back of the pub via stile. As we made our way southwards our turnaround point of All Saints Church at Laughton-en-le-Morthen could be seen ahead in the distance.

At the end of the path we joined Brookhouse Lane, which we followed almost as far as the church. However, before reaching it we turned right onto Rotherham Road for 100 yards before taking a footpath on the left which took us around the site of the remains of the motte and bailey castle at Castle Hill which dates back to the 5th century AD. We then took a path back to the church grounds when we enjoyed a short lunch break.

All Saints Church dates back to Saxon times and was originally the Mother Church to a large area. The original Saxon church was built around 937AD but was destroyed on 1069/1070 and rebuilt by the Normans in 1190 but was destroyed again in 1322. The present church was built around 1377.

After lunch we left the church going northwards on High Street for 100 yards before taking a path on the right. This took us across Hooton Lane and eastwards along East Field back towards King’s Wood. Along here we had excellent views across towards Slade Hooton and the route of our outwards journey.

We approached King’s Wood via Slade Hills and took a track through the heart of King’s Wood which brought us out on King’s Wood Lane. This we followed over Firbeck Dike to Mill Farm where we then took a footpath on the left to take us alongside Firbeck Dike and back to Roche Abbey. 

This was a fully exhilarating walk which was enjoyed by our group of 19 adults and 4 children.

It also marked a landmark for one of our regular walkers, Emma Powell, who surpassed 1000 miles walked with the group during this walk. Well done from everyone at DVWG on this achievement Emma.

Finally a big hello to Julie Elliott who walked with DVWG for the first time today.

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After Dark 8 Walk

Posted 6/1/2018

Mud, mud and then more mud was the theme for DVWG’s After Dark 8, our annual crazy challenge walk last night.

As per last year the walk was around the Elsecar and Hoyland area, starting from the Milton Arms leaving Elsecar via footpaths to Milton Forge before entering the rather muddy Spring Wood.
We then negotiated several muddy fields before crossing the main Barnsley to Sheffield road to enter Bellground Woods. Here the mud fest really began and there were several people falling as we negotiated the woodland, the most elaborate of all was Dean Duke’s effort which has prompted a call from the American Film Academy who have confirmed an Oscar in reward for his effort.
By the time we left Bellground Woods the evening temperature had dropped giving way to a keen ground frost which added further complications as walking was slippery underfoot and walkers became cold as our large party slowly crossed a series of stiles as the route continued.
After crossing the main Barnsley to Sheffield road once again we entered Skiers Spring and walked on to Alderthwaite Farm before crossing field paths to Skiers Hall finally crossing Elsecar Park and back to the Milton Arms.
Well done to the 32 adults and 10 children who completed this 4.5 miles adventure, our party were amply rewarded with a delicious pie & pea supper at The Milton Arms for their efforts.
Thank you to Nick Powell for organising the pie & pea supper and to Nick, Alison Hartley, Diane & Gary Marshall for their assistance with marshalling the walk.
Plans for 2019 are already underway and DVWG intend to start After Dark 9 from the Milton Arms once again with a circular walk from Elsecar to Wentworth and back via Kings Wood.
Hopefully we’ll see you all again for our 2019 adventure.
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Merry Christmas from DVWG

Posted 23/12/2017


Our final walk of 2017 is now over and what a year it has been with DVWG walking over 6,100 miles in 2017.

All that remains is to thank everyone who walked with DVWG this year and helped to organise our events and to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a wonderful new year. We hope to see you all walking with us in 2018.


David Kirk

Chairman - DVWG

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Win Hill Walk

Posted 23/12/2017

Our final walk of the season took place in some rather un-seasonally mild weather, with an early autumn feel today’s walk rather than the last walk before we all head off for the Christmas festivities.

Starting from Hope Valley railway station we walked alongside the River Noe and along footpaths leading to the village of Aston where the serious climbing started.

From the village of Aston we joined the open moorland and a rather steep incline to Thornhill Carrs. Reaching the top of Win Hill Plantation before ascending Win Hill to the trig point.

Unfortunately the summit was shrouded in mist, even though we had enjoyed a great view of Stanage Edge and the Bamford area on the way up, we were robbed of the wonderful 360 degrees panoramic views which Win Hill is famous for. We did however manage a view of Yorkshire Bridge and Ladybower Reservoir and albeit briefly a view of the Derwent Valley when the mist cleared.

At times the descent was quite tricky coming down Thornhill Brink and the two gravity defying fields to reach Twitchill Farm, the road back into Hope and of course The Old Horns Inn.

A stop in the journey to visit the Old Horns is a usual order of play when walking in Hope and starting from Hope Station and today was no exception.

A quick beer in front of the open fire certainly made us all fill in the Christmas spirit, here we conducted the draw for inaugural Christmas Raffle which had some rather strange prizes!!

Our last act of the day was to walk back to Hope Station and then it was time for our group to say goodbye for the last time this year with seasonal greetings ringing in our areas.

A 5 miles walk today completed by 11 adults and 2 children, watch out for the pictures from this walk which are rather good, also watch out for a longer version of this walk appearing in the walks diary in the summer.

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Venue change for the Turkish night

Posted 19/12/2017

Please would all our participants note that have taken the decision to move our Turkish Social to The Lemon Tree in Peel Square, Barnsley.  Some of our participants had a disappointing Christmas function at our previous venue and called into question their ability to handle large parties.  As such a new venue close by has been agreed upon.

Please see the Events page or downloadable diaries for updated info and if you wish to attend, please let me know on socials@dvwg.org.uk to confirm your place.


Nick - Socials officer 

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Fishlake Family Walk - December 17th

Posted 19/12/2017

The last family walk of 2017 was a cold and wet affair around the village of Fishlake.  The conditions meant that we marched round this one at quite a pace, helped by the easy and mostly flat terrain.  Certainly an abundance of surfaced tracks and green lanes are to be found in this pleasantly picturesque area, which looked to be worthy of further exploration in more clement conditions.

Regardless, our slightly depleted party of hardy souls put a healthy five miles in our legs, before enjoying a thaw out and beverage in the Old Anchor pub.  Thanks as always to the nine adults and three kids who attended this one.

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