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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Darfield Evening Walk - August 23rd

Posted 23/8/2017

Our final summer evening walk of the year was a lovely 4 miles late summer stroll in the heart of the Dearne Valley.


Starting from the Cross Keys in Darfield we walked down to the local wetlands, crossing the River Dove and following the River Dearne to Marles Bridge.

From here we walked up the former Doncaster Road and picked up the former Darfield Railway Line, passing the former station in the village and continuing along the disused railway line alongside the River Dearne. It is really quite amazing how quickly this area has been re-claimed by nature since the railway line closed.

After leaving the railway path we crossed the River Dearne and followed the path alongside the river, crossing fields with a pleasant evening view back to Darfield Bridge.

From here it was simply a case of ascending the church steps to finish our walk and retire to the Cross Keys for a well deserved beer.


Well done to the 13 adults and 2 children who attended, especially to Karen Etches who not only clocked up 500 miles walked with DVWG tonight but managed to travel from Wombwell to Darfield to the walk start without getting lost.

Finally a big hello to Daniel Petke and George Gornall who walked with DVWG for the first time tonight.

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Sheriff Hutton & Mowthorpe Hill Walk - August 19th

Posted 20/8/2017

A party of eight attended this 8.4 miles walk.

Starting from the quaint village of Sheriff Hutton we walked along distinct paths on the Ebor Way before ascending Mowthorpe Hill. From here there were magnificent views of the greater York area and the Howardian Hills.

After a lunch break on the outskirts of Terrington we walked on country lanes to the edge of Mowthorpe Dale to the bridleway known locally as the Centenary Way.

Walking along this path it was necessary to cross a field where a herd of bulls was present, however there was only one of our party who was wearing the latest DVWG regalia, which of course is bright red. It is really quite surprising the speed at which Steve Pennock is still capable of moving at !

Our party returned to Sheriff Hutton on local footpaths for a well earned drink at The Highwayman pub.

It has to be said that this area is well worth some further exploration as there are many path in the area and some great views too.

Well done and thanks to everyone who completed this walk.

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Stanage Edge & Higger Tor Walk - July 23rd

Posted 13/8/2017

A somewhat belated report into this recent walk.........


Today’s walk was a repeat of a walk that was shortened last year only this time we reversed the route, with the most physically challenging part of the walk being in the first half of the walk leaving an easier finish.


Starting from the Norfolk Arms pub at Ringinglow we made a gradual ascent along Houndkirk Road before making our way to Carl Wark Fort, despite some rather muddy pathways which resulted in one of our party getting a bit of a sinking feeling!


We then ascended Higger Tor where we paused for lunch and endured the first of two short rain showers, which stopped almost as soon as our group had decided did out the waterproofs. A gradual descent to Upper Burbage Bridge followed before another ascent to Cowper Stone (where the obligatory group photos were taken at the ‘Trig’ Point) and then along Stanage Edge, with its breath taking views.


Our walk then veered past Stanedge Pole and dropped down to Redmires Reservoirs where we encountered our second short rain shower before our final ascent along Rud Hill and back via Fulwood Lane to the Norfolk Arms where a richly deserved post walk pint (and cake in one case) was taken.


Well done to our group of 18 adults who completed this rather challenging 10.69 mile walk of which the views made it well worth the effort.

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Scar House Reservoir & Upper Nidderdale Walk - July 15th

Posted 16/7/2017

Once again DVWG unearthed a classic walk with this Yorkshire Dales Walk.

The bulk of our party made an extra early start in order to stop for a breakfast pit stop in the North Yorkshire Brewery town of Masham. After lining our stomachs for the day’s proceedings we headed off across the dales to the small village of Lofthouse on the River Nidd to begin our walk.

We commenced our walk along some beautiful paths alongside the Nidd, part of the Nidderdale Way passing the curious Goyden Pot and watching a team of pot holers commence their descent of Manchester Hole as we walked along.

Shortly afterwards we left the Nidderdale Way but continued alongside the Nidd until we reached Low Woodale where a tough ascent was needed to re-join the Nidderdale Way at Carle Side heading for Scar House Reservoir.

Following a lunch break at the reservoir, there was a further tough climb onto Woodale Scar before continuing across open moorland heading towards the valley where How Stean Gorge is.

How Stean Gorge is a tourist attraction, which cost £7 to enter, however from the parts of the valley we were able to walk upstream from the gorge the views were breath taking. We also paused at the gorge and managed to see some excellent views from the bridge outside the visitor centre.

A short walk back into the village of Lofthouse completed the walk for our now weary party of 10 adults and one child. Mileage was significantly longer than advertised on this one at a final 11.13 miles, with over 1500 feet of ascent too.

After not being able to obtain a drink from the local pub in Lofthouse, some of our party adjourned to The Crown Hotel in nearby Middlesmoor for a beer before our long journey home.

Well done to everyone who completed this beauty, especially Rhys Powell who at just six years old managed this walk admirably.

Watch out for this walk, or a slight variant of it in our diary again giving us the opportunity to explore this beautiful, yet quiet part of the Yorkshire Dales again.

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Badsworth Family Walk - July 9th

Posted 15/7/2017

Sorry for the late write up. A healthy turnout in the mid twenties made it for this enjoyable family caper round the picturesque village of Badsworth. Some local knowledge prompted a late route change, as a path we planned to use is no longer maintained and was overgrown. Our diverted walk did little to improve on that. A machete would have been handy to navigate some of the jungle we encountered!

Nevertheless, although the outward leg was pretty wild, the return was via a well kept path on the banks of the River Went, emerging at Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel and its pleasant bar!

Thanks to all attendees and welcome to newwalkers Barry Lamb and Darren, Fiona and Ryan Smith.





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Clayton West Circular Walk - July 1st

Posted 2/7/2017

A group of 17 (including our latest new recruit Carol) enjoyed a fabulous 8 mile walk through woodlands, shroggs and country lanes around the outskirts of Clayton West. A somewhat hillier walk that anticipated but the views over Emley and High Hoyland were well worth it. High Hoyland church yard,in the sunshine, was our lunch stop before heading down through Riding wood and Cliffe wood back to the start. The local hostelry 'The Woodman Inn' provided us with some well earned refreshment after our adventures.

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