Monyash & Arbor Low Walk - October 14th

Posted 15/10/2017

A lovely day’s autumn walking in the White Peak starting from one of the less touristy villages of the area, Monyash.

After breakfast, coffees etc. for some, we set off from Monyash walking a couple of miles on the Limestone Way, whilst heading for Arbor Low, which when we were getting close there was some debate as to whether this monument was accessible by public rights of way.

When we got there, we found that access to the monument was through a farm, the monument was managed by English Heritage and admission fees were £1, a few wisecracks about DVWG predictably followed. Arbor Low we found is Neolithic stone circle which is well worth a visit.

After leaving the henge with no sacrifices made, we walked on a country lane to Parsley Hay, where there is a cycle hire and picnic area, a lunch stop followed.

Following lunch it was time for a taster of part of the High Peak Trail between Parsley Hay and Sparklow, it is fair to say that the trail was very busy with mountain bike traffic, (as usual) as loads of people were taking advantage of the autumn sunshine. Hopefully this taster of the trail was enjoyable as DVWG are hoping to plan a walk of the full 17.5 miles of the trail next April as we prepare for the Norfolk Coast Path walks. We last completed this walk way back in early 2012.

After leaving the trail we crossed a couple of fields to cross the busy A515 and walked a track known locally as Hutmoor Butts, which looked vaguely familiar before joining our final path, Cross Lane which took us back to Monyash for a well-deserved beer in the autumn sunshine at the Bulls Head.

Watch out for the photos from this walk, they are well worth a look and capture what a lovely walk this was.

Well done to the nineteen people who completed this 9.25 miles circuit of the White Peak, comprising of sixteen adults and three children.

Finally a big welcome to three new faces to DVWG, Ian & Sam Hately and Peter Bentley who walked for the first time.

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High Bradfield Family Walk - 8th October

Posted 8/10/2017

Despite this walk largely consisting of a circuit of Agden reservoir, some boggy and some steeply hilly sections made for a surprisingly strenuous jaunt. Our party of eleven adults and three juniors departed the pub, skirting the beautiful church in High Bradfield before descending to a play park (and inevitable short break) at the bottom of Windy Bank. We then had a gentle ascent to Agden reservoir, taking the permissive path round for half a circuit, before ascending the steep and craggy Agden Side, emerging on a flat ridge along the top with spectacular views across the valley.

Crossing a couple of local roads, we descended to skirt Rocher Wood, continuing gently down to cross a brook at a picturesque waterfall, before tackling the final steep ascent which opened out into the extensive churchyard. Donations were collected over well-earned refreshments at Old Horns Inn, before going our separate ways.

Thanks and well done to all who attended and especially to Jack and Julie, both of whom turned their ankles en-route but ploughed on stoically to complete the walk. It was also a pleasure to welcome a new face in Helen, who is long acquainted with the group through friends in the local walking community, but who attended her first outing with us today.

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Brimham Rocks Walk - October 1st

Posted 3/10/2017

Despite the heavy overnight rain a small group of 6 of DVWG’s regulars made the journey to Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire for our walk to Brimham Rocks and back on Sunday. Thankfully, upon arrival the rain had stopped and the day stayed dry

Following an excellent breakfast at Wildings Tea Rooms our group started with an almost immediate ascent out of Pateley Bridge along “Panorama View” and the Nidderdale Way which gave excellent views across the Nidd Valley.

A descent to cross Fell Beck followed before we were forced to deviate from our intended route by a non existent footpath which saw us approach Brimham Rocks from below and then meander our way up through the rocks to the National Trust café for a well earned lunch break.

We then descended slowly southwards towards Brimham before turning due west to rejoin the Nidderdale Way to Smelthouses. Here we took a local path to the River Nidd which we then followed along its banks to Glasshouses where the path became the Six Dales Trail which was then followed back to Pateley Bridge for a welcome post walk pint in the Crown Inn.

Well done to our group who completed the 10.24 mile walk in far better weather than we envisaged on leaving South Yorkshire in the morning. This walk will be well worth revisiting in better weather when hopefully more walkers will enjoy the pleasure.

Finally, well done to Steve Pennock who has now walked 500 miles with DVWG and also to David Richardson who passed 600 miles walked with the group on Sunday.

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Goodmanham Walk - September 24th

Posted 24/9/2017

Our group set off from Goodmanham taking the Yorkshire Wolds Way trail past Pond Wood and the Deer Park to Londesborough. Here we paused by the picturesque church for a drinks break before leaving via Intake Lane at the south west of the village. We then rejoined the Yorkshire Wolds Way to follow its Market Weighton spur past Towthorpe Grange and into the town. After making excellent time it was along this last stretch that we took our lunch.


We left Market Weighton by the Hudson Way which follows the course of a former railway line to Beverley, leaving the Hudson Way by Rifle Butts Quarry and following a tarmac road for 3/4 mile back to Goodmanham. Here our group first stopped for refreshments at the Fiddle Drill tea rooms before completing the 8.7 mile walk with a traditional post walk pint at the Goodmanham Arms.


Yet another walk in the scenic area of the Yorkshire Wolds on a lovely autumn day.


A big hello and welcome goes out to Linda Pearse, our Canadian visitor today, nice to meet you.


Finally well done to Tricia MacDuff who clocked up 500 miles with DVWG today, whilst Emily Kirk and Rhys Powell clocked up 750 and 400 respectively. Well done to you all.

New Diary Oct-Dec 2017 and Newsletter

Posted 17/9/2017

The latest diary has just gone online and is available in the usual formats in the Downloads section.  Here you will also see a new link to a quarterly newsletter.  This additional publication, courtesy of new (and less idle) Vice Chair, Steve Pennock, also contains the calendar of walks as well as other news about the group.  We are sure you will enjoy reading it and find it a useful resource. 

The Events page now also looks rather more healthy.  Once again we listened to our participants and have tried to mix some unexplored territory with some popular local routes.  We trust it will meet with approval and hope to see a continuing healthy turnout for the walks and socials in the coming months.

Grindleford to Sheffield Ale Trail - September 16th

Posted 17/9/2017

A great walk yesterday, covering 11.3 miles as we walked from Grindleford Station to Sheffield, punctuated with some sampling of local ales.


After a belated start after Emma Powell's delayed train forced her to miss her planned connection to Grindleford, we commenced with a tough ascent to Padley Gorge and on to our first pub stop The Fox House after emerging from the Longshaw Estate.


After our first refreshment, we walked the byway known locally as Houndkirk Road from end to end emerging at the Norfolk Arms at Ringinglow, more refreshment.


From here we set off on field paths, heading for Nether Edge following the River Sheaf to Sheaf Dams and to the Rising Sun at Nether Edge, we could have had an entire beer festival there.


From here it was a walk through the lovely, busy Endcliffe Park in autumn sunshine to Ecclesall Road and our next pub stop The Porter then walking through the crowded city to our final stop at the Rutland Hotel.


Well done to the 14 people who enjoyed this long social walk, it was certainly something different, hic !!

Nostell Priory Toddler Walk - Sept 10th

Posted 12/9/2017

A party of eight adults and seven youngsters enjoyed this short jaunt round the parkland at Nostell Priory.  We started with a football kickabout on the lawns to the front of the house and walked down the carriageway to the Obelisk. From here we took a grassy track round the meadow perimeter before a lunch break at the beck-side picnic area.  Our short walk concluded with a wander back to the boathouse and a return to the house.  We then enjoyed tea and cakes from the National Trust Cafe before going our separate ways.

It was a pleasure as always to see Sophie, Oliver and Noah complete this one under their own steam with minimal assistance. Also, of course to see Maya and Logan taking early steps with the group.