Lotherton Walk - November 12th

Posted 12/11/2017

A large turnout of 25 adults and 5 children for today’s walk in the cold winter sun which had a changed starting point to the Blands Arms in Micklefield and ended up being shortened slightly to 6.62 miles. 

 

We left Micklefield passing the village playing fields and made our way along Pit Lane to the main A63 which we followed as far as Peckfield Plantation. There are two routes marked across the plantation which, unfortunately, it looks as if our route took the far less walked one as the path petered out and we were forced to battle our way through brambles before reaching an obvious path again and skirting Micklefield Plantation to cross the A1(M).

 

Our route then took us through the woods of Castle Hills and followed Highfield Lane to cross the railway line at Newthorpe and then made our way towards Hartly Wood, pausing at Newthorpe Barrack for a lunch break.

 

Another disappearing path in Hartly Wood forced us to divert back towards Micklefield and we then took the decision to return directly to the Blands Arms rather than find an alternative way to rejoin our planned route given the number of people, especially children, on the walk and the lack of available daylight.

 

Well done to everyone who completed this walk, especially Liz Davis who clocked up 100 miles season to date on this walk.

 

Finally a big hello to Emma Labedzki and Tracy Davis who walked with DVWG for the first time today.

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Rudyard Lake Walk - November 4th

Posted 4/11/2017

A long journey to today's walk doubtlessly put a few of DVWGs finest off the walk, however the eight people who attended were rewarded with a 7.72 miles walk around the beautiful Rudyard Lake in some rather warm November sunshine.

This is an area to explore, especially the cheap, delicious looking carvery at the Rudyard Lake Hotel.

This walk was also very close to Upper Hulme, where we walk The Roaches, Hen Cloud, Luds Church etc from. Possibly a venue for an overnight trip, double walk, meal, beer. I think you get the idea.

Congratulations to Diana Walker who clocked up 100 miles season to date on this walk too.

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Worsbrough Mill Toddler Walk - October 29th

Posted 2/11/2017

A rather depleted turnout for this walk - only 4 adults, 3 walking kids and one carried infant.  This may have been because the walk coincided with school holidays - a date we chose due to a milling demonstration day having been advertised as taking place.  On arrival it became apparent that several other visitors were in attendance for this reason but sadly, there had been a breakdown in communication between publicists and organisers and whilst it had been widely advertised, no such demonstration had been organised!

After a stern dressing down about this from a stranger who thought I worked there, we departed on our walk.  In the absence of any pushchairs and in glorious Autumn sunshine, we had the opportunity to extend our route up to 3.1 miles. The youngsters did fabulously to complete this distance almost entirely under their own steam, completing a pleasant circuit of the reservoir and surrounding woodland and countryside.

We returned to the playground and had cakes at the cafe before our departure.  Thanks as ever to those who attended.

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Black Hill Walk - October 21st

Posted 22/10/2017

At 1909 feet above sea level, Black Hill is the highest peak in West Yorkshire and so nearly a mountain. It I s certainly a bleak place to be in bad weather, as DVWG found out yesterday.

 

Setting off from Crowden, the weather was surprisingly good as we tackled the tough ascent up onto the top of Laddow Rocks walking along the top of the hill along the Pennine Way.

 

Along the way there were several small, tricky water crossings to make before the more significant crossing of Crowden Great Brook to continue on a paved path to the trig point at Black Hill.

 

As expected, the wind was quite lively at Black Hill, as there is no protection from the elements, which prompted a quick, belated lunch break.

 

We then turned and headed for home, starting along the moorland of the original Pennine Way Path, enter Brian or storm Brian to be precise.

 

What followed over the next couple of hours was torrential rain and ferocious, constant wind. These were easily the most challenging conditions ever faced by DVWG on any group walk, even worse than the infamous 2011 Mount Snowdon trip. This resulted in most of us slipping, falling or sinking into bogs.

 

Thankfully, we all made it back to Crowden without any serious incident or injury occurring, even if we were exhausted and saturated.

 

Well done to the party of thirteen who completed this rather tough walk, which finished as a 10.7 miles affair, a consequence of zig zagging paths, avoiding bogs and the Pennine Way being re-routed where it has been paved.

 

Finally a big hello to Audrey Brownridge who walked with us for the first time on this walk.

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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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