Chinley to Edale Walk - August 18th

Posted 18/8/2018

A great days walking for DVWG today, as ten of our finest took on a strenuous walk starting from Chinley on the western edge of the Peak District, walking to Edale, our walk took us via South Head.

Having previously underestimated how strenuous the walking was in this area, we therefore decided on an early start of 10:00am, which resulted in most of us leaving home at around 8.30am to arrive in Chinley in time for the walk.

After assembling, our walk commenced through the village, famously the home town of Edwina Currie, with a continuous steep ascent for around two miles on local footpaths until we reached the Pennine Bridleway which is north east of the town.

From here it was a rather undulating path around South Head and over towards the two fords at Shake Holes. As you might imagine after the recent hot weather, the fords were almost completely dried out.

We took a lunch break alongside the fords, this gave some of the female members of our group the opportunity to admire the prowess of several male mountain bikers who were taking part in a mountain bike marathon along the Pennine Bridleway.

After our lunch break it was time for ascent once again crossing Tom Moor Plantation until we reached the road above Perryfoot.

From here it was time to leave the Pennine Bridleway and head for Edale starting out across the bridleway onto Rushup Edge.

Instead of continuing on Rushup Edge, we headed on a track known locally as Chapel Gate with yet more ascent before reaching the Edale Valley.

The weather so far had been somewhat overcast with light breeze, however upon reaching the top of the Edale Valley, the sun came out for what turned out to be a rather hot afternoon in the Peak District. The view from the top of the valley was simply stunning.

We commenced our descent into Edale down a rather tricky track which was quite slippy, fortunately no one fell and we descended safely reaching the road at Barber Booth, where we walked the last mile or so on the road to reach Edale and the end of our walk, where there was time for our group to have a beer or in some cases a well-deserved cuppa before taking the train home after a tiring but wonderful days walking in the Peak District.

Well done to the ten of DVWG’s finest who walked, whilst only 8.08 miles, 1620 feet of ascent made for quite a strenuous walk.

Finally a big hello and welcome goes to Rob Evans who walked with DVWG for the first time today.


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Tankersley Old Hall Evening Walk - August 16th

Posted 18/8/2018

A lovely evening walk tonight starting from Harley walking up the medieval Black Lane to Tankersley Old Hall which featured in the film Kes. We then walked through Bellground Wood and over to Skiers Spring before returning to Harley on field paths, sampling blackberries as we walked.

Well done to our party of thirteen who completed this 3.2 miles stroll. A fitting end to our summer evening walks. A big hello goes out to Mark Waite who walked with us for the first time tonight.

Our evening ended with a drink in The Horseshoe and a lively debate about pop music. A great night all in all.


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The Edges Walk - August 4th

Posted 5/8/2018

Today’s 8 mile walk for our party of 8 ladies started from the Grouse Inn on the edge of the Longshaw Estate. The sun was shining but with a pleasant breeze to cool us down we walked towards the Hurkling Stone and along White Edge before the obligatory group photo at White Edge trig point.

We then crossed the Curbar road, where we were delighted to encounter a small group of highland cattle on the path coming towards us. This was followed not long after by another with her nervous calf. We stopped briefly to admire them then made our way to Wellington’s Monument where we paused for lunch.

Continuing on our way we passed the Eagle Stone and headed for Curbar Gap. The rest of the walk was along Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge and then back to the Grouse Inn for a well earned drink in the now hot sunshine.

Well done to everyone who completed this walk in the hot sunshine.

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Wentworth Monuments Walk - July 29th

Posted 29/7/2018

After the recent  heatwave it was a refreshing change to walk in rain. 

Our party of eleven adults and two dogs started from the village car park in Wentworth and headed out along Main Street leaving the road to continue on the footpaths through Wentworth Park, walking past the   impressive stable block and then the magnificent Wentworth Woodhouse.

Continuing on the main footpath leading to Greasborough dams we passed the Bean Seat and Doric Temple eventually taking the public footpath on the left crossing fields to walk towards the back of the Mausoleum.

The footpath eventually joined Stubbin Road and here we had a stretch of pavement walking up towards Higher Stubbin. We then cut across the fields towards Hoober Stand. We took a quick break here to admire this folly before continuing on our way through the small woodland finally crossing a field to enter Street.

After walking through Street we continued towards Wentworth but taking time out to do a short detour to admire the Needles Eye. We then returned to Wentworth village via Coaley Lane having completed 6.2 miles. This was followed by a quick drink at The Rockingham Arms. 

A warm welcome to Jane Beever and Eric Wardman who walked with us for the first time today.

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Strines Walk & Social - July 21st

Posted 22/7/2018

The blistering heatwave subsided a little today, giving us a mild and slightly overcast day, with a gentle breeze.Thus, our party of eleven adults and three kids enjoyed a pleasant circuit of Little Howden Moor in near-perfect walking conditions, before retiring to the Strines Inn for food and refreshments.

Starting out from the pub, we headed back on Mortimer Road towards Langsett but only for two hundred yards or so, before picking up Foulstone Road - a broad and surfaced bridle path heading westward and relentlessly upward, towards our two summits. At the boundary of the Peak District National Park, we turned right to the rocky outcrop and trig point of Back Tor, dipping back down briefly before ascending Lost Lad. The toposcope here helped us identify countless other peaks our group have tackled over recent years.

Descending onto Little Howden Moor we then cut back eastwards to complete our loop back to the end of Foulstone Road. We then retraced our steps for the final mile to return to the famous old Inn.

This was a fairly short walk at 6 miles but the climbs involved made us earn our hearty feast back at the Strines Inn, where decent food and excellent company rounded off a fine afternoon's walking. Thanks as always to all who attended.

Footnote: Well done to Emma Powell for clocking up 1100 miles walked with DVWG on this walk.

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Stainborough Walks - July 15th

Posted 22/7/2018

Last Sunday saw Dearne Valley Walking Group enjoy two walks in one from Worsbrough Mill as we started both our 4.5 mile family walk and 7.6 mile adult walk at the same place with both sets of walkers meeting up afterwards for a swift drink in the nearby Red Lion Inn.

Ona hot sunny day, both groups set off together following the south eastern edge of Worsbrough Reservoir and then making our way westwards across Worsbrough Country Park to a junction of paths. At this point we received a call from a latecomer to the walk, Nicola Royston, and paused for a while as Nick Powell returned to the start to escort Nicola to where we were waiting!

Having now got our full complement of walkers together, we turned left to make our way to Rockley Old Hall. Rockley Old Hall is a listed building which dates back to the early 17th century and has been converted into private dwellings. From here we followed Old Hall Road which took us over the M1 motorway to bring us out at Rockley Lane.

Here our two groups split up, with the walkers taking the shorter route following Rockley Lane northwards, passing Strafford House and on to Round Green Lane before taking a footpath on the right on a sharp left hand bend in the road.

The path was followed to the M1 where the motorway was again crossed and the path then followed southwards parallel to the motorway before taking another path on the left which came out at the Trans Pennine Trail which was followed south easterly back to Worsbrough Mill.

The walkers doing the longer adult walk followed Rockley Lane northwards for a short distance but before reaching Strafford House took a path on the left which took us back in a southerly direction, passing Queen Anne’s Obelisk and skirting the edge  of Ivas Wood and Moor leys Wood before entering Broom Royd Wood.

We passed through the wood and emerged at a junction of paths, with us taking the right hand path which took us  past a pond named Stoney Royd Spring to a track onto which we turned right and followed past Wood Nook to Lee Bottom Wood.

Here we varied out route slightly from the original plan by opting to avoid a stretch of road walking by turning left along the road for a few yards before taking a path on the right which took us alongside cornfields to emerge at Hood Green recreation grounds. Taking advantage of the park benches  we paused here for a short lunch break – and to top up the sun cream!

Our route then took us eastwards, towards Stainborough Castle before taking a path on the left. This saw us emerge with a great view over looking fields in the direction of Dodworth. We followed this path downhill, crossing a number of fields before emerging onto the Trans Pennine Trail.

We then followed the Trans Pennine Trail over the M1, past the point where the family walkers joined the Trail and along the northern side of Worsbrough Reservoir. AT this point we turned right along the dam wall and returned to our start point at the Mill.

Well done to everyone who completed both of these walks in hot and tiring conditions. The post walk drinks were more than welcome!

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Flamborough Walk - July 8th

Posted 8/7/2018

DVWG's 2018/19 season started with a last minute change of plan to our advertised walk and resulted in a seaside trip for our group

DVWG set off today in readiness to complete a 12 mile stretch of the Yorkshire Wolds Way from South Cave to Towthorpe, however due to the warm weather, injuries and other commitments our numbers for the walk were somewhat depleted.

Upon meeting up its fair to say our party were somewhat apprehensive about the walk ahead and it’s possible effects, we discussed several alternatives. The outcome of this discussion was to continue our journey from Towthorpe to the east coast and enjoy a day at the seaside walking the Flamborough coast path.

After taking our journey to the coast we commenced our walk from the car park on South Landing passing through the adjacent country park and out onto the cliff tops. From the south side of this pretty village we could see some great views of Bridlington in the summer sunshine.

Our walk continued along the headlands and headed to Flamborough Lighthouse and took the opportunity to take a refreshment stop at the adjacent café.

After taking a refreshment stop we continued onwards along the cliffs alongside the golf course, walking a mile or so to North Landing. Here we got a brilliant view of Flamborough Old Lighthouse, built in 1674 and is the oldest surviving lighthouse in the UK. The building is obviously a listed building and somewhat of a curiosity, as it is stated that the building was never used.

North Landing in Flamborough is a wonderful place at any time of the year, however today the bay was full of holidaymakers and day trippers simply basking in the hot July sun.

After a short lunch break overlooking North Landing our party continued along the cliffs towards Thornwick Bay, the most beautiful of Flamborough’s coves which is adjacent to the holiday park which bears the same name.

Anyone attempting this walk should be cautious on the path between North Landing and Thornwick Bay. Here the path is badly eroded and there are several diversions in place, which should be strictly adhered to for safety reasons.

After passing Thornwick Bay the cliffs ascend steeply towards Gull Nook. It was just before here where our party said goodbye to the cliffs and the sea and turned inland to head back into the village and complete our circuit of the village.

We walked a long footpath from the cliff tops along the side of Thornwick Bay Holiday Park, which emerged in the middle of the village after passing Grange Farm.

A short walk into the village centre led us to Dog & Duck Square where our party, now somewhat weary stopped off for a drink in this welcoming Yorkshire coast hostelry.

After our refreshment break we took the short walk back through the village to South Landing where we completed our walk and our circuit of this wonderful village.

Well done to everyone who completed this 8.6 miles walk in one of Yorkshire’s finest locations, particularly as the temperature reached 28 Celsius.

In general Flamborough is always worth a visit, the cliff walk is wonderful in any season with each cove being more beautiful than the last and the walk at 8.6 miles is well within most people’s capabilities and is very easy to navigate. For the more energetic people the walk can easily be extended to increase the mileage too either by starting from Danes Dyke, (mentioned in the Domesday Book) or extending the walk onto Bempton Cliffs where Puffins can usually be seen roosting.


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