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.

Stainborough Walks - July 15th

Posted 22/7/2018

Last Sunday saw Dearne Valley Walking Group enjoy two walks in one from Worsbrough Mill as we started both our 4.5 mile family walk and 7.6 mile adult walk at the same place with both sets of walkers meeting up afterwards for a swift drink in the nearby Red Lion Inn.

Ona hot sunny day, both groups set off together following the south eastern edge of Worsbrough Reservoir and then making our way westwards across Worsbrough Country Park to a junction of paths. At this point we received a call from a latecomer to the walk, Nicola Royston, and paused for a while as Nick Powell returned to the start to escort Nicola to where we were waiting!

Having now got our full complement of walkers together, we turned left to make our way to Rockley Old Hall. Rockley Old Hall is a listed building which dates back to the early 17th century and has been converted into private dwellings. From here we followed Old Hall Road which took us over the M1 motorway to bring us out at Rockley Lane.

Here our two groups split up, with the walkers taking the shorter route following Rockley Lane northwards, passing Strafford House and on to Round Green Lane before taking a footpath on the right on a sharp left hand bend in the road.

The path was followed to the M1 where the motorway was again crossed and the path then followed southwards parallel to the motorway before taking another path on the left which came out at the Trans Pennine Trail which was followed south easterly back to Worsbrough Mill.

The walkers doing the longer adult walk followed Rockley Lane northwards for a short distance but before reaching Strafford House took a path on the left which took us back in a southerly direction, passing Queen Anne’s Obelisk and skirting the edge  of Ivas Wood and Moor leys Wood before entering Broom Royd Wood.

We passed through the wood and emerged at a junction of paths, with us taking the right hand path which took us  past a pond named Stoney Royd Spring to a track onto which we turned right and followed past Wood Nook to Lee Bottom Wood.

Here we varied out route slightly from the original plan by opting to avoid a stretch of road walking by turning left along the road for a few yards before taking a path on the right which took us alongside cornfields to emerge at Hood Green recreation grounds. Taking advantage of the park benches  we paused here for a short lunch break – and to top up the sun cream!

Our route then took us eastwards, towards Stainborough Castle before taking a path on the left. This saw us emerge with a great view over looking fields in the direction of Dodworth. We followed this path downhill, crossing a number of fields before emerging onto the Trans Pennine Trail.

We then followed the Trans Pennine Trail over the M1, past the point where the family walkers joined the Trail and along the northern side of Worsbrough Reservoir. AT this point we turned right along the dam wall and returned to our start point at the Mill.

Well done to everyone who completed both of these walks in hot and tiring conditions. The post walk drinks were more than welcome!

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Flamborough Walk - July 8th

Posted 8/7/2018

DVWG's 2018/19 season started with a last minute change of plan to our advertised walk and resulted in a seaside trip for our group

DVWG set off today in readiness to complete a 12 mile stretch of the Yorkshire Wolds Way from South Cave to Towthorpe, however due to the warm weather, injuries and other commitments our numbers for the walk were somewhat depleted.

Upon meeting up its fair to say our party were somewhat apprehensive about the walk ahead and it’s possible effects, we discussed several alternatives. The outcome of this discussion was to continue our journey from Towthorpe to the east coast and enjoy a day at the seaside walking the Flamborough coast path.

After taking our journey to the coast we commenced our walk from the car park on South Landing passing through the adjacent country park and out onto the cliff tops. From the south side of this pretty village we could see some great views of Bridlington in the summer sunshine.

Our walk continued along the headlands and headed to Flamborough Lighthouse and took the opportunity to take a refreshment stop at the adjacent café.

After taking a refreshment stop we continued onwards along the cliffs alongside the golf course, walking a mile or so to North Landing. Here we got a brilliant view of Flamborough Old Lighthouse, built in 1674 and is the oldest surviving lighthouse in the UK. The building is obviously a listed building and somewhat of a curiosity, as it is stated that the building was never used.

North Landing in Flamborough is a wonderful place at any time of the year, however today the bay was full of holidaymakers and day trippers simply basking in the hot July sun.

After a short lunch break overlooking North Landing our party continued along the cliffs towards Thornwick Bay, the most beautiful of Flamborough’s coves which is adjacent to the holiday park which bears the same name.

Anyone attempting this walk should be cautious on the path between North Landing and Thornwick Bay. Here the path is badly eroded and there are several diversions in place, which should be strictly adhered to for safety reasons.

After passing Thornwick Bay the cliffs ascend steeply towards Gull Nook. It was just before here where our party said goodbye to the cliffs and the sea and turned inland to head back into the village and complete our circuit of the village.

We walked a long footpath from the cliff tops along the side of Thornwick Bay Holiday Park, which emerged in the middle of the village after passing Grange Farm.

A short walk into the village centre led us to Dog & Duck Square where our party, now somewhat weary stopped off for a drink in this welcoming Yorkshire coast hostelry.

After our refreshment break we took the short walk back through the village to South Landing where we completed our walk and our circuit of this wonderful village.

Well done to everyone who completed this 8.6 miles walk in one of Yorkshire’s finest locations, particularly as the temperature reached 28 Celsius.

In general Flamborough is always worth a visit, the cliff walk is wonderful in any season with each cove being more beautiful than the last and the walk at 8.6 miles is well within most people’s capabilities and is very easy to navigate. For the more energetic people the walk can easily be extended to increase the mileage too either by starting from Danes Dyke, (mentioned in the Domesday Book) or extending the walk onto Bempton Cliffs where Puffins can usually be seen roosting.


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