Epworth Circular Walk - March 17th

Posted 18/3/2018

Four hardy souls braved the wind and snow from the second ‘Beast From the East’ to complete Saturday’s 12 mile excursion from Epworth.

Setting off from the main car park we took a path behind St Andrew’s Church and immediately felt the severe cold as we walked into a bitterly cold wind blowing from the east. We then took a path which brought us out opposite a delightful windmill which had been converted into a private dwelling on the A161 Belton Road.

After crossing Belton Road we encountered the first of many heavy snow showers as we passed another disused windmill and then crossed the embankment of the former Axholme Joint Railway line which closed in 1965.

Passing Ellers and Ellers Cottage we then crossed West End Road before taking Scawcett Lane which we followed to the banks of the River Torne. A long exposed trek alongside the river followed before we reached Wroot Road which we walked along for a short distance before turning south along Greenholme Bank for another long straight section of the walk.

Upon reaching Haxey Turbay Nature Reserve on the left we had short break before continuing through the reserve, past Haxey Carr and then turned down past Summer Croft Farm and then Haslam’s Farm where there was a very large assortment of old disused combine harvesters!

We then continued along the Peatlands Way, past Cherry Orchard Farm, were we took a short lunch break, and then continued to the B1396 where we turned left and then reached the A161.Here we turned left and then crossed the road to turn right and continue along with Peatlands Way. At this point we endured the worst of the weather as the stinging wind drove the snow directly into faces as we struggled to make our way eastwards.

Luckily, the severe spells of weather didn’t last too long and as we made our way in a more northerly direction the worst of the weather was no longer blowing in our faces which made it much more comfortable to walk in.

We made our way past High Burnham and continued back to Epworth, emerging near to the Old Rectory and along the streets back to the car park. After shedding our wet and muddy footwear we made our way to the Red Lion Hotel for a richly deserved post walk drink.

Well done to the four of our regular walkers who completed this walk in demanding conditions.

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Farnley Tyas and Castle Hill Walk - 11th March

Posted 11/3/2018

In a busy weekend for our participants, today saw a second walk - a 7.7 mile jaunt around a beautiful district of Huddersfield.  The walk description warned of ill maintained paths, tricky ascents and river crossings. All these our route had in spades, along with mud - lots and lots of mud.

It was not without laughs though, as muddy descents resulted in Andrea 'Three Buttocks' Turner (don't ask) falling twice within the opening couple of miles and Nick 'Sprung Legs' Powell following suit towards the end.  Starting from the lovely St Lucius' Church in Farnley Tyas, we headed southwards across Farnley Moor, From here we descended to cross a railway line then a stream in an attempt to reach Brockholes.  This was almost thwarted by the fact that someone has clearly made a concerted and deliberate effort to block the public footpath with a number of large branches from a major tree pruning operation.  However, undeterred, out party cleared a way through and managed to stick to the planned route!

From Brockholes we ascended sharply towards Honley, picking up a path affording us splendid views of our Castle Hill target. The ascent continued fairly relentlessly, save for another stream crossing, until we reached the Victoria Tower atop Castle Hill. After a spot of lunch and some time to take in the panoramic views of Huddersfield, we made a steady, eastward descent to Sharp Lane, before the final climb back to Farnley Tyas and the welcome sight of The Golden Cock.

After brief refreshment at this pleasant hostelry, our small party went our separate ways.  Many thanks to the six attendees and a warm welcome to Karla White on her DVWG debut. I hope we haven't put you off for life!

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Huntsman Hobble Walk - March 10th

Posted 11/3/2018

A great days walking today for seven of DVWGs finest, completing the 7.47 miles Huntsman Hobble from Thurlstone.

First thing this morning the signs were not good for the walk with both heavy rain and mist around, fortunately this had cleared completely by the time we started. Ascending Town Gate and High Bank in Thurlstone to Royd Moor, circumnavigating the Reservoir and walking into the village of Ingbirchworth, we paused to see some new born lambs in the village.

Cue the first group collapse into laughter, crossing the village park we were speculating about the position of a well hidden bridleway, Mick Woodhall then shouts at the top of his voice, "ask this bloke coming towards us Dave", it was a woman, this left Mick quite red faced.

After walking across some pleasant fields we entered Margaret wood on the outskirts of Upper Denby, encountering some deep mud in the process.

After a lunch break at the church in Upper Denby, we opted for a spot of road walking, (no mud), to Gunthwaite.

The barn at Gunthwaite dates back to medieval times and is well worth seeing, we passed the barn, crossing Gunthwaite Park heading back towards Thurlstone emerging near to the former Scout Dyke Outdoor Centre, there was no sign of Peg Leg though !!

Some more footpath work brought us to the outskirts of Thurlstone where we encountered some deep snow blocking our path with hilarious results, as most of us finished up in a snowdrift. In true DVWG tradition though Sarah Jones proved once again that she is the queen of the snow walk with a pretty theatrical descent into a snowdrift, while Karen Etches let out some piercing screams as she got snow down her wellingtons.

Reaching Thurlstone Top of Town and the road meant the walk was nearly over as we descended the short hill back to The Huntsman for a well earned beer for our weary party of seven.

A warm welcome goes out to Caroline Hallworth who chose today's chaotic caper as her DVWG debut, "the best walk I've ever been on", she said afterwards. These were gratifying words reminding us why put the effort into our walk planning and what fun they are.

Well done to all today's walkers who walked, laughed and of course fell in a snowdrift !

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Herdings Circular Family Walk - Feb 25th

Posted 25/2/2018

A fifteen-strong party took on today's walk on a day full of surprises.  Given the weather forecast for the next few days, we had a surprisingly clement day to follow a route obtained from a local Ramblers group's archive.  Given the author's remarkable underestimation of the mileage involved, it was just as well we had the weather for what was a surprisingly lengthy and hilly route!

One thing that often surprises me about Sheffield is how one can find oneself setting off walking in a densely populated city suburb and yet disappear into the most picturesque countryside in a matter of minutes.  This walk was no exception as we crossed the busy main road, strolled no more than 50 yards through residential streets and picked up a footpath into the wilds.  We navigated local fields and woodlands, the latter involving some remarkably steep inclines, to Ridgeway village and its beautiful church.  After a lunch stop here, we followed the main road a hundred yards to pick up a footpath leading to Robinbrook Lane.  Given the amount of standing water on the path it was more drain than lane and our party felt the strain as we ascended the slippery, sludgy terrain.  Indeed, this section of the walk took several casualties as some people sank above their boot tops in mud and others fell headlong into it or into the brambles at the side of the path.

Nonetheless, our party continued stoically, finally ascending a tarmac track to the school on the Charnock Hall estate, before returning through the estate to the start point.  This surprisingly strenuous affair culminated in a final surprise - a round of applause for Rhys Powell who passed the 100-mile mark for the season so far.  Well done to him and to everyone else who attended today and thanks for your continued support of the group.

A stewards enquiry into the mileage resulted in a final tally of 5,65 miles

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Carsington Water Walk - 18th Feb

Posted 19/2/2018

A party of twelve for today's walk around Carsington Water in mild late winter conditions. Starting from the visitor centre we crossed the dam wall and followed the waterside path around the lake until we reached the main road at the north side of the lake.

From here there was some road walking into the village of Carsington, where there were some fantastic properties to see and some even nicer roadside Snowdrops which were in full bloom.

A pit stop at the lovely Miners Arms in Carsington for a quick beer, not a Mopane Worm in sight, (for anyone who remembers our mid-walk visit back in February 2011).

Following our pit stop the last couple of miles around Carsington Water was quite easily completed where we returned to the visitor centre at Carsington Water for a hot drink and cake before beginning our long journey home.

Well done to the twelve people who complete this 8.2 miles walk, especially Diana Walker who notched up 500 miles with DVWG today.


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**DATE CHANGE** - Hessle to South Cave

Posted 12/2/2018

This walk will now take place on Sunday April 15th at 10.00am. All other Walk details remain unchanged.

Gnome Roam Toddler Walk

Posted 12/2/2018

Sorry to all concerned for the late write up for this one.

Starting from the car park at Newmillerdam Country Park, this short 1.8 mile trot had a bit of everything - uphills, downhills, woodlands old and new, a lake, a wild bear on the loose and lots and lots of gnomes.

We ascended sharply from the car park to the first of the gnomes and followed a well-signposted route round the woodland and parkland.  Passing through a relatively recent plantation, we proceeded past more gnomes into the coniferous forest.  Here we encountered a carving of a large brown bear, with a plaque detailing the story of his escape in 1867 from a travelling menagerie and antics around the local area until his recapture.  Our trail then descended in similarly sharp fashion past some more log carvings, including an owl and (inevitably) more gnomes.

Yet more of these infernal creatures were found on a circuit of the duckboards by the picnic area, before a lakeside return to the car park, with a couple of final gnomes for company.  Although the pace was steady - it being a starter walk aimed at our very youngest participants - it was an enjoyable jaunt on a cold, clear morning, culminating with refreshments in the Fox and Hounds across the main road.

Our thanks again go to all those who took the trouble to attend.

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