Whitwell Moor Evening Walk - April 17th

Posted 17/4/2018

A fine start to DVWG's summer evening walks tonight with a steady 3 miles stroll from the pretty village of Bolsterstone.

Our walked started in the village walking out onto Whitwell Moor in breezy conditions and with quite dark skies. We ascended the hill to the trig point, which commands fabulous views of the Ewden Valley and surrounding district. 

After a customary trig point picture for the group, we crossed the remainder of the moor before returning to Bolsterstone via Long Lane. 

Our party were rewarded with a drink in the Castle Inn at Bolsterstone afterwards.

Many thanks to the 19 people who walked tonight. A big welcome also goes out to Paul Whitham, Sophie Cusworth, Fiona Duke, Geoff Jenkins, Suzie Ellis and Carol Taylor who all worked with DVWG for the first time tonight.

Hessle to South Cave Walk - April 15th

Posted 17/4/2018

On Sunday Dearne Valley Walking Group completed a 13.35 mile walk along a section of the Yorkshire Wolds Way from Hessle to South Cave. The Yorkshire Wolds Way is a 79 mile National Trail that runs from Hessle Haven, near the Humber Bridge, and wends its way inland past Market Weighton and over the Yorkshire Wolds as it makes its way to the East Coast at Filey Brigg.

After meeting at South Cave our group condensed into four cars and made our way to the start point at Hessle Haven. From hear we walked along the northern bank of the Humber, passing under the still impressive Humber Bridge taking the path which doubles up as the Trans Pennine Trail which we followed as far as North Ferriby.

At North Ferriby we opted to take the ‘Low Water Route’ along the beach to Red Cliff to where the Yorkshire Wolds Way splits from the Trans Pennine Trail and makes it way north, past the western edge of North Ferriby and over the main A63.

Here our path took us through Terrace Plantation and across a road adjacent to a large quarry before we ascended gently through more woodland as we skirted Bow Plantation to reach another road. On turning left onto this road we followed it into the picturesque village of Welton where we enjoyed a well earned lunch break, along with appropriate liquid refreshment in the Green Dragon Inn, which is famous for being the place where the highwayman Dick Turpin was arrested in 1738.

After leaving Welton we made our way northwards through Welton Dale and past Wauldby Dam and on to a gentle climb to Turtle Hill. Our route then took us westwards along a more than generously muddy track before we joined the road towards Brantingham just beyond the entrance to Wold View Farm.

However, before reaching the village of Brantingham our route saw us veer off the road to take a path on the right just beyond Wandhills Plantation which saw us drop down to the rather isolated Brantingham Church. At the end of this path we turned right onto a road for short spell of road walking before taking a path on the left as we reached Ellerker North Wold.

The path here climbed quite steeply before dropping down to Woodale Farm where our route took us right to the edge of Woo Dale where we endured a quite steep climb up Woodale Plantation. After pausing briefly for our group to regather itself we proceeded to Mount Airy Farm, at which point the forecast rain started to appear. Thankfully it didn’t last long and, as we dropped down the aptly named ‘Steep Hill track to Great Wold Plantation and then down to Beverley Road the rain stopped giving us time to dry out as we made our way back to the remainder of the cars in South Cave.

After retrieving the rest of the cars from Hessle we met back up at the Bear Inn for a richly deserved post walk drink.

Well done to the 15 people who completed this walk, especially having to endure 2 steep hills nearly 12 miles into the walk. A great walk in largely great weather conditions with just the short rain shower towards the end which failed to spoil the experience.

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Newsletter

Posted 8/4/2018

The Spring Newsletter is now available on the Downloads page. Thanks again to Steve for his journalistic endeavour,

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High Peak Trail Walk

Posted 8/4/2018

An early start was in order for DVWG for our High Peak Trail walk, meeting at 8am for bus travel to the start point of the walk in the small hamlet of Dowlow near Buxton.

By the time we arrived in Dowlow, unfortunately so had the rain, with some drizzle accompanying our group of thirteen enthusiastic walkers who thanks to Liz Davis set a scorching pace over the first few miles of the walk covering the first 3.5 miles from Dowlow to Parsley in just 65 minutes.

After a refreshment stop at Parsley Hay we continued through Friden and to Minninglow for a lunch stop having covered 8.5 miles of the 17.5 miles of the trail.

By this time the rain had stopped and the weather was pleasant throughout the afternoon with sunny spells which were almost perfect for walking. The next stretch of the walk from Minnginglow to Middleton Top is, no doubt the toughest part of the trail with a six miles stretch to be walked between refreshment stops and whilst we continued to keep to schedule the signs of fatigue were now starting to show with some of our band and the pace of the walk slowed slightly.

Following a coffee and ice cream break at Middleton Top, it was time to complete the last 2.5 miles of the walk, the last 2.5 miles being by far and away the most interesting parts of the walk with the remaining buildings at Middleton Top and Middleton Incline to descend. This leads on to the stunning Black Rocks and wonderful views then opening out over Cromford and Matlock not to mention a great view of the superb Willersley Castle, which was the seat of Sir Richard Arkwright, the local mill owner and the inventor of the Spinning Jenny.

Upon reaching the winding house at the top of Sheep Pasture Incline it was time to descend through the woods down the incline and reach the finish of the High Peak Trail at High Peak Junction just outside the lovely village of Cromford. It has to be said that Sheep Pasture Incline is a challenging hill whether ascending or descending it, due to the 1:8 gradient and its length at almost 0.75 miles long.

After completing the trail, as there was still quite some time before our bus came, we decided to walk into Cromford along the canal for some quite well deserved liquid refreshment.

The stretch of the canal between High Peak Junction and Cromford is stunningly beautiful and ends at the newly restored Cromford Wharf and is well worth walking, by now however our party had some quite tired limbs. Upon reaching Cromford it was also great to see the restoration work which has now taken place at Cromford Mills, which is a World Heritage Site due to its connections with Sir Richard Arkwright and his invention of the Spinning Jenny.

A beer in The Greyhound in Cromford was a well-deserved reward for our party prior to taking the journey home at the end of a fabulous day of walking. The return journey was a quite sombre affair with some tired walkers on board, this was of course after we had eaten the remaining delicious homemade cakes supplied by Andrea Turner.

Our arrival in Wombwell must have been quite a sight for onlookers with our party collectively groaning as they disembarked from the bus, most of us were pretty stiff too!

Well done to the thirteen people who completed this walk which covered 19.5 miles of the High Peak and thank you to Richard Eastman of Eastman’s Coaches who once again did us proud with bus travel. A big welcome goes out to Jill Heppinstall who chose this walk for her DVWG debut, a somewhat brave act, in doing so she became the 240th adult to have walked with DVWG since the group was formed back in 2009.

A few milestones were reached yesterday too, Emma Powell and David Kirk reached 200 miles, season to date, whilst Sue Case and Andrea Turner both reached 100 miles. Whilst cumulatively, David Richardson passed 750 miles, Liz Davis passed 600 miles and Andrea Turner passed 400 miles. Well done to everyone.

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New Walk Diary to Download

Posted 25/3/2018

As many of you will have noted, the Events page and the Facebook account have been updated with the walks for the remainder of the season.  The only thing hampering publication of the walks diary was the Junior Presentation for which we were awaiting confirmation from the venue.  As this is now booked, the downloadable diary has gone live in the usual place (the Downloads page in the menu bar above) and the usual formats (DOCX and PDF)

Langsett Family Walk - March 25th

Posted 25/3/2018

This was the Hordon Road and Little Don walk that wasn't. A party of six adults and two children departed Langsett Barn, heading for Hordon Road. Unfortunately the path through the woodland was quite a quagmire.  The route we had planned was to make a change from the more familiar route round the reservoir but the return was to be via a riverside path which is known to be muddy at the best of times.  Although the weather was kind to us today, given the battering March has given us, we decided to amend and shorten the route in the light of the state of the paths.

So our party trod a familiar 3.7 mile route anticlockwise around the reservoir, via North America Farm, sojourning to the Waggon and Horses for refreshments.  We shall save the route we'd planned for today for inclusion in a future diary.

Thanks again to today's attenders for your support of the group and a warm welcome to Leigh Sinar who walked with us for the first time today.

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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