Burghwallis Evening Walk - May 16th

Posted 19/5/2018

This walk was a quite lovely evening stroll around the Owston and Burghwallis area of Doncaster for the 14 people who attended.

Starting from Skellow we walked up to Owston Hall, which is quite remarkable, also passing a Dove Cote and Owston church.

Upon reaching the A19 it was time for some mid walk refreshment allowing time for the Askern 10k which was running that evening to come past, where we spotted a familiar face in Pam Kirk competing.

After our refreshment it was time to walk down Common Lane, passing Squirrel Wood,  to Burghwallis passing St Anne’s convent on the way into the village. Upon entering the beautiful village of Burghwallis we walked down a bridleway back to Skellow to finish our walk.

Many thanks to Andrea Turner for proposing and leading this one. It was a beautiful evening stroll in a different area for DVWG.

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Wentbridge and Kirk Smeaton Family Walk - 13th May

Posted 13/5/2018

Our party of twelve adults and four children were greeted with glorious sunshine on arrival at the Blue Bell Inn, in the picturesque village of Wentbridge.  Setting off from the watering hole, we descended to the waters of the Went, taking a riverside footpath most of the way to Kirk Smeaton. Stopping short of the village, we crossed the river and then the wide open grassland of Smeaton Pasture, before doubling back onto Leys Lane back to the Equestrian Centre close to the A1.

The Went Valley does a good job of hiding you away from the heavy road and rail infrastructure close by but the illusion of open country had to be briefly suspended as we emerged from Jackson Lane and walked an inevitable 20 yards on a path alongside the A1, before descending steep steps to cross beneath the viaduct.  We then followed paths to rejoin Jackson Lane west of the main road and returned to Wentbridge via the ancient church.

Our party then retired to the Blue Bell for refreshments before going our separate ways. Well done to all who attended and a warm welcome to Chris Guest, Jean Booth, Jude Todd, Tania Pycock and Julie Grogan, all of whom were taking their first steps with DVWG today. We hope to see you all again soon.

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Norfolk Coast Path Walk - May 5th to 7th

Posted 8/5/2018

DVWG’s Norfolk Coast Path walk has proved to be a resoundingly successful trip over the May Day bank holiday weekend, with fourteen of our group completing the full trail from Holme Next The Sea near Hunstanton to Cromer over three days.

Having travelled to Norfolk during the course of Friday, the majority or our party enjoyed a pre walk dinner in the King William in Sedgeford before the walk got under way on the Saturday.

The first leg on Saturday was a 13.5 miles walk from Holme Next the Sea to Brancaster Staithe.

Commencing the walk we crossed Holme Dunes, passing Gore Point into the neighbouring village of Thornham, where, as the sun was already very hot we decided to take a very early refreshment break at the fabulous Orange Tree pub in the middle of the village.

From here the walk moved inland as there is no right of way through Titchwell’s Marshes, which is an RSPB sanctuary. We climbed out of Thornham, crossing fields and woodland descending into the pretty visit of Brancaster, where we were able to take a lunch break on the village green.

Picking up the path again alongside the coast we negotiated the rather tricky duck boarding walking along Marsh Side to Brancaster Staithe, pausing momentarily to view the remains of Brandovnvm the local Roman fort. Upon reaching Brancaster Staithe it was time for a further refreshment stop for our party, enjoying cold drinks, seafood and ice cream in the afternoon sun.

The next stage of the journey was to walk back out onto the local marshland to reach the village of Burnham Overy Staithe where day one of our walk finished and we were able to enjoy a drink at The Hero public house as a reward for our efforts before going our separate ways back to our respective accommodation.

As day two was always going to be the longest day’s walking with the highest mileage, our party met at Burnham Overy Staithe at 9:30am and after a Sunday morning coffee, we resumed the walk, walking across the marshes to the unspoilt beach near Gun Hill and later onto the beach for around a couple of miles heading for Holkham.  It is fair to say that this stretch of coastline does have some wonderfully unspoilt beaches and our party were quite amazed at their size and cleanliness.

Norfolk is quite a diverse county where many arts, pastimes and interests can be sampled, whilst crossing Holkham beach we were “treated” to one very select band of naturists participating in their own pastime, no big suitcase required on this occasion David Richardson!

Next stop for DVWG was Wells Next The Sea, after crossing the town which was full to the brim with tourists enjoying the early May sunshine we took a lunch break on the outskirts of town before continuing onwards towards Stiffkey and Morston, at this point Mick Woodhall and David Kirk’s morale sunk to a low ebb as they received news of Barnsley FC’s relegation from the Championship after yet another season of under achievement.

A refreshment stop at Morston Quay led us onto the beautiful village of Blakeney, where we took a pub stop, our party managed to get quite friendly with some of inebriated locals who wowed at our achievements so far, however this led on to rivalry about the result of that afternoons Sheffield Wednesday match against Norwich City, now who would have thought that Gary Marshall could possibly become a football hooligan?

After our party left the Kings Head in Blakeney, in somewhat high spirits, we walked back onto the marshland towards Blakeney Eye before walking into the village of Cley and the end of the day’s walking.

At the end of day two, our party were still in reasonably high spirits with only a few mentions of blisters & sore feet but generally very little fatigue. Day three promised to be challenging with temperatures of up to twenty eight Celsius forecast and four miles of shingle to cross.

An early start was in order for our party in order to deposit cars at the end point of our walk in Cromer and to be at the start point in Cley for 10am, this took some real commitment for our group with most of us leaving our accommodation at around 8:15am in order to achieve this.

After arriving in Cley, we walked out of the village passing the windmill and once again onto the local marshes to Cley Eye, here the shingle started.

It quickly became apparent that crossing dry shingle on the beach was going to be a time consuming and exhausting exercise for our party, with very little or no enjoyment or achievement from it. After about a mile of walking on shingle, we decided to alter our plan and diverted from the trail along a footpath into the village of Salthouse, where after some refreshment at The Dun Cow, we walked through the village and along a footpath to re-join the trail at Kelling Hard, having avoided about 90% of the remaining shingle.

From here slowly but surely we worked our way up onto the cliffs of West Norfolk stopping for a cliff top lunch break in the sunshine ay Weybourne, then continuing on to Sheringham where we stopped for a drink overlooking the beach at The Two Lifeboats pub.

After resuming our walk we headed for Beeston Regis, climbing Beeston Bump where there is a trig point and in true DVWG fashion we posed for a picture around the landmark. After descending the hill we got a pleasant surprise.

The Norfolk Coast Path was originally between Holme and Cromer however during the development of the English Coast Path it was slightly extended to Sea Palling in 2014, it would also seem that during this development that additional rights of way were secured through the villages of East and West Runton, keeping the path close to the cliff tops, removing the necessity to ascend into a woodland at West Runton and tackle the steep ascent of Beacon Hill, the highest point in Norfolk.

Finding this information out gave our party new impetus and drive to complete the walk and, following an ice cream break we walked briskly through the Runton villages to reach the outskirts of Cromer.

From here we took a steady descent from the cliff top down to Cromer Pier and the finish of three days of wonderfully exhilarating walking in the sunshine along the North Norfolk Coast, posing for a celebratory finishing photograph outside the entrance to the pier. Our party finished off with fish & chips in the sunshine watching the sea, this brought to an end three days of excellent walking. We went our separate ways with celebration and congratulations ringing in our ears, quite rightly proud of our achievement over the weekend.

All in all fourteen of DVWGs regular walkers and three dogs completed the full three days between Holme Next the Sea and Cromer, amassing a cumulative mileage over the weekend of 629 miles.

There were personal achievements on the walk too, which are noted below.

David Kirk, 2000 miles cumulative

David Richardson 800 miles cumulative

Diana Walker, 200 miles season to date

Stuart Cliffe, Sue Case, Dean Duke, Jane Duke, Mick Woodhall and Emily Kirk all achieved 100 miles season to date. Well done to everyone who completed this superb walk in perfect weather conditions and well done on all your personal milestones.

As most DVWG’s regular walkers will be aware, there are always plenty of humorous stories and talking from our road trips, which are now often caught on camera by our resident paparazzi crew of Steve Pennock & Dean “Jasper” Duke. So despite men in boob tubes, the Naturalists of North Norfolk, the Norfolk tea drought and alleged stories of cooked rabbits we all survived and laughed our way along the trail to our jubilant finish at Cromer Pier.  

Doesn’t the Weavers Way start from Cromer?

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Posted 30/4/2018

There was an error on the listed start point for yesterday's walk on this site, meaning a couple of walkers went to the wrong place. Although other sources of info (the printed diary, newsletter, Facebook, SMS messages) gave the correct information, I appreciate that many of our participants rely on this site as a central source of information.

Every effort is made to ensure that correct information is distributed but I fell short on this occasion and for this I can only apologise.  To compound matters, as the start point given was about 10 minutes drive from the actual start, the error was not obvious.  It wasn't spotted and brought to my attention until I was stood in the car park at the correct start point, with 15 minutes to the scheduled start, leaving no time for correction.

Thanks to Kasia for bringing it to our attention and also for noting a misdirected link on a future event, which has also now been corrected.

With sincere apologies

Nick Powell


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Hoyle Mill Family Walk - April 29th

Posted 29/4/2018

DVWG’s family walk today was a scenic stroll on the outskirts of Barnsley town centre, which whilst once quite heavily industrialised is now being reclaimed by nature.

The walk started from Dearne Valley Park in Hoyle Mill and walked around the park, which has a beautiful lake in the middle, navigating a circuit from the crazy network of paths within.

On completing our circuit we walked alongside the Barnsley Canal eventually emerging onto Pontefract Road, walking a short stretch of the road before crossing onto Oaks Lane, here we spotted the Barnsley Main winding house, much rarer than some of the wildlife seen today.

Crossing the footpaths through the adjacent woodland we emerged onto the Trans Pennine Trail walking towards Stairfoot, here we took a short refreshment break before walking on to Monk Bretton Priory.

It’s fair to say that Monk Bretton Priory is carefully looked after to preserve its remains for future generations and it is well worth a visit if you are in the area, our party took the time to have a look round the grounds and take photographs in the sunshine before re-joining the path up through Dearne Valley Park for the last part of the walk back to our cars.

Well done to the ten adults and four children who completed this 4.6 miles walk today, especially Nick Powell our Socials Officer who passed 100 miles season to date, a big welcome also goes out to our three new faces today, Julia Windle and Lynne & Greg Bell.

With three new people coming along to today’s walk DVWG also can celebrate that over 250 adults have walked with us over the last nine years, an achievement indeed for our group.

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Eyam & Hucklow Walk - April 22nd

Posted 29/4/2018

A group of 16 adults, 1 teenager and 6 dogs completed Dearne Valley Walking Group’s 6.9 miles Eyam, Sir William Hill and Hucklow Edge Walk on Sunday.


Eyam is renowned for an outbreak of a bubonic plague in the village in 1665 in which the villagers chose to isolate themselves rather than let the infection spread with the plague taking fourteen months to run its course.


The village Museum tells Eyam’s story and it was from here that our group began their walk, walking westwards along the village’s main street before turning sharply left onto Windmill Lane and then continuing onto Tideswell Lane. A short way along here we took a narrow path on the right between the houses.


This path took us across a series of small fields, crossing numerous stone walls by a combination of stiles and gates to the small village of Foolow. Along the way 3 eagle-eyed members of our group spotted a sheep stuck laid on its side in distress and promptly carried out a rescue mission to stand the sheep back upright - at which point it quite understandably ran off. On reaching Foolow and with rain starting to fall, we timed it perfectly to take to the shelter of the bull’s Head Inn for swift liquid refreshment.


The rain had stopped as we left the Black Bull and we passed the picture postcard small village pond to leave Foolow, again crossing a series of stone walls by stiles and gates, as we made our way to a track which we took northwards along Silly Dale to Grindlow where we paused for a lunch break.

Resuming our walk after lunch we left Grindlow along a path, passing Rose Farm, as we headed northwards to join the Great Hucklow to Bretton road and then turned right to Hucklow Edge. Here we were forced to take a diversion from our planned route due to footpath closure, instead continuing along the road, passing The Barrel Inn with great views southwards over Eyam Edge.


Where the road bends sharply right we continued straight ahead along Sir William Hill Road to Sir William Hill Trig point which stands away from the road with limited direct access from the Road, but three of our group made the short walk up the hill to the trig point.


After having a quick group photo we continued a little longer along Sir William Hill Road to where our route took us southwards to make our way back to Eyam. Here we caught up with another group which caused a lengthy queue over the stile a little like queueing for rides at Alton Towers!


After negotiating the queue and the stile the path took us gently down hill to a road where we turned right towards High Cliff Farm and then took a track on the left which zig-zagged down hill back to our start point.


Well done to everyone who completed the walk and welcome to Helen Brewerton and Chris Bentley who walked with DVWG for the first time today. Congratulations to Audrey Brownridge who today passed 100 miles walked with the group year to date and also Steve Pennock who passed 200 miles walked for this year.

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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.