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.  

Eyam And Foolow Well Dressings Family Walk - 27th August

Sorry for the late write up! | Posted 6/9/2017

This thoroughly enjoyable family caper set off, in welcome late summer sun, from the Peak District village of Eyam.  This picture postcard village, with its museum, church, hall and plague cottages is a stunning piece of living history.  After viewing the Tolkien-themed Well Dressing at Townhead, we took a well surfaced farm lane towards Foolow - a small but itself picturesque place - to see the Summer Of Love Well Dressing on the village green.  Lunch was taken, the tea room sampled (or in some cases a cheeky pint in the village pub!) before heading on paths through fields back towards Eyam. 

Crossing the lane we came out on, we continued on paths down to Eyam Hall and then down the main road through the village to Town End, where two more Well Dressings were found.  Across the road from this, the Miners Arms had a beer festival and hog roast - a fine way to conclude a fine day's walking!

Thanks to the 17 adults and 4 kids who attended.  There wasn't much to dislike about this one!

Brecon Beacons Walk

Posted 3/9/2017

Once again it’s pleasing to report that we have conducted a walk where all our plans and the weather came together to create a near perfect days walking for Dearne Valley Walking Group during our Brecon Beacons walk yesterday.

Our group of nine walkers travelled to South Wales during the of Friday, where we used the Premier Inn at Ebbw Vale as our base for the weekend, meeting up for a couple of social beers to plan timings for the following day.

We had decided to change the start point of the walk from the Storey Arms to start from the Taf Fechan Forest, where it would be possible to do a horseshoe walk of the surrounding peaks to Pen-Y-Fan too without increasing mileage or ascent too greatly. The walk along the road from the car park to Neuadd Reservoirs where our ascent started did however instantly add two miles to the overall walk.

From here there was a rather sharp ascent where we did a 700ft height gain in just over half a mile to get onto the Graig Fan Ddu ridge.

From here we walked along the ridge and around the horseshoe until we reached our first peak of the day, Corn Ddu, (873m), by now the views had really opened up into full 360 degree views and visibility was almost perfect, on one of the best walking days of the year as far as visibility at height is concerned.

From here we made the short trip to our second peak, Pen-Y-Fan the highest British Peak south of Snowdonia which stands at 886 Metres. Here we stopped, and queued for a summit picture and had a lunch break enjoying the stunning views. Jane & Dean Duke enjoyed a champagne lunch here to celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary.

From here with everyone fed and still feeling energetic we walked onwards to conquer our next peak, Cribyn, (795m), which involved a 700ft descent and an ascent of 400 feet in just over three quarters of a mile, as you can imagine our party found this quite tough.

From here it was on to our final peak of the day, Fan-Y-Big, which once again we descended steeply from the previous peak, (about 600 feet) to climb around 370 feet to reach the summit of our final peak.

By now we were starting to tire somewhat and from here it was a final descent and walk back down the valley to the forest and the end of our walk. Our party called off for an end of walk drink in true DVWG style at the Red Cow Inn in the village of Pontsticill which we passed through on our return journey to Ebbw Vale.

Well done to our party of nine people, who took on this DVWG mountain day covering 11.1 miles, with a stunning 1456 metres of ascent at a reasonable pace. It was a tremendous days walking and a tremendous achievement to bag four peaks too, this is also more commendable when our party comprised of several individuals who are either infrequent or relatively new walkers with DVWG. A big hello also goes out to Marie Beckett who chose this walk to make her DVWG debut.

If you haven’t seen them already watch out for the pictures of this walk, Dean and Steve were busy throughout capturing the day and the scenery, taking some stunning shots, hopefully there will inspire us all to a return journey for more Brecon Beacons adventures.

Once back in Ebbw Vale, showering and changing it was time for the now traditional end of mountain walk meal for our group washed down with a few drinks to reflect on a day of mountain walking which was damn near perfect.

As a final footnote to this report, we awoke this morning in South Wales to torrential rain and poor visibility.


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