Locke Park Evening Walk - June 27th

Posted 27/6/2018

A lovely 4 mile stroll starting from Locke Park and on the Trans Pennine Trail to Gilroy returning through Needlewood back to Locke Park. A warm evening walk for our party of seven.


This walk brings to an end another busy season for DVWG, where we undertook 54 walks. Many thanks for all who attended and supported over the season and look forward to seeing you at our presentation evening on Friday.


Our new diary is now on our website, we look forward to seeing you all next season, our 10th.

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Hornsea Mere Walk - June 16th

Posted 16/6/2018

“It’s like Cleethorpes, but I can see the sea”, said Nicola Royston as her first reaction to Hornsea seafront at the start of today’s walk. However today’s walk had a good mix of paths, lanes, seafront, sun, beer and ice cream. Our expectations weren’t especially high today, as torrential rain was forecast too.

Meeting at Hornsea Leisure Centre, it seemed that many of the local shops & cafes weren’t open when we arrived, much to the dismay of Steve Pennock, who decided he wished to change the route of the walk before we started to walk up the promenade and see the seafront and beach. Unfortunately he then cried for the first hour of the walk as we had refused to buy him a bucket & spade.

After humouring Steve, we worked our way through the town, joining paths near Cherry Garths to walk alongside Hornsea Mere. Here we saw the site of the medieval village of Souththorpe and a pictorial re-construction.

Continuing alongside Hornsea Mere passing Springfield Wood and Low Wood, here once again Steve appealed to change the route to walk into the village of Seaton, where he had located The Swan Inn, we didn’t complain about a refreshment stop, as the weather was hot and sunny.

After a lunchtime beer, we  re-traced our steps, back to the original route walking a bridleway through Fishers Wood, taking a lunch stop shortly afterwards. From here we need to walk on country lanes for about a mile passing the village of Goxhill.

Shortly afterwards we reached the TPT, which here was the route of the former Hull to Hornsea railway line, which took us right back to Hornsea with the exception of a short stretch of the former railway line which houses had been built on.

Upon arriving back in Hornsea we wondered at the former railway station, still a magnificent building, only a few yards from the seafront and now split into several houses. It must have been an important terminus in days gone by. We walked up to the sea front in the sunshine and had a celebratory end of walk photograph at the TPT monument.

From here it was time for our customary end of walk beer, which we had watching the sea outside The Marine Hotel, where the (usual) bizarre conversation finished with us all talking about the contents of our household recycling bins.

Finally we went our separate ways and enjoyed ice cream & fish & chips and a paddle before taking the long journey home.

Well done to the party of eight people who walked this 9.66 miles route in the sunshine, especially to Nicola Roysotn who hit 100 miles season to date and Andrea Turner who hit 500 miles today.

Just for the record, there was torrentail rain on the way home.

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Armthorpe & Fox Covert Walk - 7th June

Posted 8/6/2018

A group of 12 walkers met at the Horse & Groom pub in Armthorpe on the outskirts of Doncaster for our 4.3 mile Armthorpe & Fox Covert Evening Walk.

On a lovely sunny evening we set off through a housing estate to emerge at the bottom of Barton Lane, which we headed south along for a short distance before turning right to make a small climb up the now landscaped former Markham Main Colliery spoil heap.

Our route soon took us gradually back down again to reach a small wooden footbridge which led into Sandall Beat Woods. Here we turned left, continuing through the woods to another wooded area, Fox Covert, where we followed a path along the right hand edge of the woods and alongside some allotments before emerging in Cantley Park.

We soon exited the park to make our way eastwards along a wooden fenced path to Nether Cantley, passing the Georgian grade 2 listed mansion of Cantley Hall on the right. Here we made our way via Black Dike Planation to walk along Nutwell Lane back to our start point for after walk refreshments.

Well done to all who completed this walk and welcome to Micki and Ellen Mcartney who walked with Dearne Valley Walking Group for the first time this evening.

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Robin Hoods Bay Walk - June 2nd

Posted 7/6/2018

Saturday saw a group of 12 adults and 1 child make the trip to North Yorkshire for Dearne Valley Walking Group’s Robin Hood’s Bay and Ravenscar Walk. The trip up gave cause for concern with us travelling through several heavy rain showers but on arriving, although the weather was cloudy it was dry with no sign of rain.

We began by walking down the quaint narrow main street which descends to a rocky beach and landing stage. Just before reaching this we took the Cleveland Way path on the right which took us between some cottages and then turned sharp left up a steep set of steps which emerged on the top of the cliffs giving excellent views across the whole of the Bay.

From here we followed the coast path along the cliff tops to Boggle Hole where we again descended a series of steps to drop almost to ground level as we crossed a footbridge over Mill Beck by the Youth Hostel to climb back up another set of steps back onto the cliff tops.

Another descent down steps followed just before Stoupe Bank Farm as we again crossed a footbridge before again ascending further steps back to the cliff top. We continued along the top of the cliffs as far as the former Peak Alum Works just outside Ravenscar which is where we paused for a lunch break.

It was here when the rain started to arrive but, luckily, it was only light as we then made our way inland a little, climbing gradually through some woodland up to meet the Cinder Track cycle trail just before the National Trust Visitor Centre at Ravenscar. We then opted to walk a further 600 yards to the Ravenscar Team Rooms for coffee and cake before staring our return trip.

We returned to pass the NT Visitor Centre and re-traced our outward route until the path forked with us following the Cinder Track to the left which meandered up hill to give more elevated views across the bay. The Cinder track is the track bed of the former Whitby to Scarborough railway line which closes in 1965 and is now a walking and cycle trail along its 21 mile route.

We followed the Cinder Track all the way back to Robin Hood’s Bay, passing the sites of former quarries and moving gradually inland. As we did so the rain became heavier for spells prompting waterproof coats to be quickly donned – and the odd umbrella to emerge too!

We eventually made our way past the outskirts of the village of Fylingthorpe and emerged at the former Robin Hood’s Bay station buildings to complete our walk as the rain eased somewhat, the bulk of our group opting for a post-walk drink in the Victoria Hotel.

Well done to the 13 people who completed this 9.7 mile walk.

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Stanton Stone Circles Walk - May 19th

Posted 19/5/2018

Starting from the sleepy village of Stanton in the Peak we walked briskly uphill to enter Stanton Moor, where we quickly arrived at the quite imposing Nine Ladies Stone Circle before walking across the moor, bagging a photo opportunity at the Stanton Moor Trig Point as we passed.

After pausing at the Cork Stone and watching several, quite poor attempts to climb the stone from several of DVWG’s finest, we left Stanton Moor and walked through the village of Birchover, hoping to enter some woodland and look at Doll Tor stone circle. Unfortunately there was not a visible right of way and we were unable to see the monument.

Undeterred our party continued with some road walking, circumnavigating Carrs Wood to the Limestone Way, after walking ascending the bridleway for about 0.75 miles we took a lunch break in the hot sunshine, close to the nearby Hermits Cave.

After lunch we located the Hermits Cave and carried on along the Limestone way, pausing briefly to see a third stone circle situated in a field which we were only able to view from a distance.

By the time we reached Harthill Moor, the heat was taking its toll on our party, mainly our younger walkers so we decided not to view Castle Ring but continue through fields to Spring Wood and head back to Stanton. Unfortunately here we encountered some rather defensive cows with their new born calves.

From here it was mainly road walking as once again there was no right of way through the Stanton Estate, leaving us with a steep hill to ascend back to Stanton and the end of our walk.

Well done to the party of eleven adults and three children who completed this 7.8 miles walk in hot conditions, especially our two younger walkers Rhys Powell and Jack Wolniewicz who took on longer than normal walks.

A big hello and welcome also goes out to Ruth Stephens and Andrea Moorhouse who walked with DVWG for the first time today.

The Stanton area is an area which could be explored further with a variety of different walks possible, with lots of monuments and landmarks to see along the way. Let’s hope we try another walk again in this area.

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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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