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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Hessle to South Cave Walk - April 15th

Posted 17/4/2018

On Sunday Dearne Valley Walking Group completed a 13.35 mile walk along a section of the Yorkshire Wolds Way from Hessle to South Cave. The Yorkshire Wolds Way is a 79 mile National Trail that runs from Hessle Haven, near the Humber Bridge, and wends its way inland past Market Weighton and over the Yorkshire Wolds as it makes its way to the East Coast at Filey Brigg.

After meeting at South Cave our group condensed into four cars and made our way to the start point at Hessle Haven. From hear we walked along the northern bank of the Humber, passing under the still impressive Humber Bridge taking the path which doubles up as the Trans Pennine Trail which we followed as far as North Ferriby.

At North Ferriby we opted to take the ‘Low Water Route’ along the beach to Red Cliff to where the Yorkshire Wolds Way splits from the Trans Pennine Trail and makes it way north, past the western edge of North Ferriby and over the main A63.

Here our path took us through Terrace Plantation and across a road adjacent to a large quarry before we ascended gently through more woodland as we skirted Bow Plantation to reach another road. On turning left onto this road we followed it into the picturesque village of Welton where we enjoyed a well earned lunch break, along with appropriate liquid refreshment in the Green Dragon Inn, which is famous for being the place where the highwayman Dick Turpin was arrested in 1738.

After leaving Welton we made our way northwards through Welton Dale and past Wauldby Dam and on to a gentle climb to Turtle Hill. Our route then took us westwards along a more than generously muddy track before we joined the road towards Brantingham just beyond the entrance to Wold View Farm.

However, before reaching the village of Brantingham our route saw us veer off the road to take a path on the right just beyond Wandhills Plantation which saw us drop down to the rather isolated Brantingham Church. At the end of this path we turned right onto a road for short spell of road walking before taking a path on the left as we reached Ellerker North Wold.

The path here climbed quite steeply before dropping down to Woodale Farm where our route took us right to the edge of Woo Dale where we endured a quite steep climb up Woodale Plantation. After pausing briefly for our group to regather itself we proceeded to Mount Airy Farm, at which point the forecast rain started to appear. Thankfully it didn’t last long and, as we dropped down the aptly named ‘Steep Hill track to Great Wold Plantation and then down to Beverley Road the rain stopped giving us time to dry out as we made our way back to the remainder of the cars in South Cave.

After retrieving the rest of the cars from Hessle we met back up at the Bear Inn for a richly deserved post walk drink.

Well done to the 15 people who completed this walk, especially having to endure 2 steep hills nearly 12 miles into the walk. A great walk in largely great weather conditions with just the short rain shower towards the end which failed to spoil the experience.

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High Peak Trail Walk

Posted 8/4/2018

An early start was in order for DVWG for our High Peak Trail walk, meeting at 8am for bus travel to the start point of the walk in the small hamlet of Dowlow near Buxton.

By the time we arrived in Dowlow, unfortunately so had the rain, with some drizzle accompanying our group of thirteen enthusiastic walkers who thanks to Liz Davis set a scorching pace over the first few miles of the walk covering the first 3.5 miles from Dowlow to Parsley in just 65 minutes.

After a refreshment stop at Parsley Hay we continued through Friden and to Minninglow for a lunch stop having covered 8.5 miles of the 17.5 miles of the trail.

By this time the rain had stopped and the weather was pleasant throughout the afternoon with sunny spells which were almost perfect for walking. The next stretch of the walk from Minnginglow to Middleton Top is, no doubt the toughest part of the trail with a six miles stretch to be walked between refreshment stops and whilst we continued to keep to schedule the signs of fatigue were now starting to show with some of our band and the pace of the walk slowed slightly.

Following a coffee and ice cream break at Middleton Top, it was time to complete the last 2.5 miles of the walk, the last 2.5 miles being by far and away the most interesting parts of the walk with the remaining buildings at Middleton Top and Middleton Incline to descend. This leads on to the stunning Black Rocks and wonderful views then opening out over Cromford and Matlock not to mention a great view of the superb Willersley Castle, which was the seat of Sir Richard Arkwright, the local mill owner and the inventor of the Spinning Jenny.

Upon reaching the winding house at the top of Sheep Pasture Incline it was time to descend through the woods down the incline and reach the finish of the High Peak Trail at High Peak Junction just outside the lovely village of Cromford. It has to be said that Sheep Pasture Incline is a challenging hill whether ascending or descending it, due to the 1:8 gradient and its length at almost 0.75 miles long.

After completing the trail, as there was still quite some time before our bus came, we decided to walk into Cromford along the canal for some quite well deserved liquid refreshment.

The stretch of the canal between High Peak Junction and Cromford is stunningly beautiful and ends at the newly restored Cromford Wharf and is well worth walking, by now however our party had some quite tired limbs. Upon reaching Cromford it was also great to see the restoration work which has now taken place at Cromford Mills, which is a World Heritage Site due to its connections with Sir Richard Arkwright and his invention of the Spinning Jenny.

A beer in The Greyhound in Cromford was a well-deserved reward for our party prior to taking the journey home at the end of a fabulous day of walking. The return journey was a quite sombre affair with some tired walkers on board, this was of course after we had eaten the remaining delicious homemade cakes supplied by Andrea Turner.

Our arrival in Wombwell must have been quite a sight for onlookers with our party collectively groaning as they disembarked from the bus, most of us were pretty stiff too!

Well done to the thirteen people who completed this walk which covered 19.5 miles of the High Peak and thank you to Richard Eastman of Eastman’s Coaches who once again did us proud with bus travel. A big welcome goes out to Jill Heppinstall who chose this walk for her DVWG debut, a somewhat brave act, in doing so she became the 240th adult to have walked with DVWG since the group was formed back in 2009.

A few milestones were reached yesterday too, Emma Powell and David Kirk reached 200 miles, season to date, whilst Sue Case and Andrea Turner both reached 100 miles. Whilst cumulatively, David Richardson passed 750 miles, Liz Davis passed 600 miles and Andrea Turner passed 400 miles. Well done to everyone.

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Epworth Circular Walk - March 17th

Posted 18/3/2018

Four hardy souls braved the wind and snow from the second ‘Beast From the East’ to complete Saturday’s 12 mile excursion from Epworth.

Setting off from the main car park we took a path behind St Andrew’s Church and immediately felt the severe cold as we walked into a bitterly cold wind blowing from the east. We then took a path which brought us out opposite a delightful windmill which had been converted into a private dwelling on the A161 Belton Road.

After crossing Belton Road we encountered the first of many heavy snow showers as we passed another disused windmill and then crossed the embankment of the former Axholme Joint Railway line which closed in 1965.

Passing Ellers and Ellers Cottage we then crossed West End Road before taking Scawcett Lane which we followed to the banks of the River Torne. A long exposed trek alongside the river followed before we reached Wroot Road which we walked along for a short distance before turning south along Greenholme Bank for another long straight section of the walk.

Upon reaching Haxey Turbay Nature Reserve on the left we had short break before continuing through the reserve, past Haxey Carr and then turned down past Summer Croft Farm and then Haslam’s Farm where there was a very large assortment of old disused combine harvesters!

We then continued along the Peatlands Way, past Cherry Orchard Farm, were we took a short lunch break, and then continued to the B1396 where we turned left and then reached the A161.Here we turned left and then crossed the road to turn right and continue along with Peatlands Way. At this point we endured the worst of the weather as the stinging wind drove the snow directly into faces as we struggled to make our way eastwards.

Luckily, the severe spells of weather didn’t last too long and as we made our way in a more northerly direction the worst of the weather was no longer blowing in our faces which made it much more comfortable to walk in.

We made our way past High Burnham and continued back to Epworth, emerging near to the Old Rectory and along the streets back to the car park. After shedding our wet and muddy footwear we made our way to the Red Lion Hotel for a richly deserved post walk drink.

Well done to the four of our regular walkers who completed this walk in demanding conditions.

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Farnley Tyas and Castle Hill Walk - 11th March

Posted 11/3/2018

In a busy weekend for our participants, today saw a second walk - a 7.7 mile jaunt around a beautiful district of Huddersfield.  The walk description warned of ill maintained paths, tricky ascents and river crossings. All these our route had in spades, along with mud - lots and lots of mud.

It was not without laughs though, as muddy descents resulted in Andrea 'Three Buttocks' Turner (don't ask) falling twice within the opening couple of miles and Nick 'Sprung Legs' Powell following suit towards the end.  Starting from the lovely St Lucius' Church in Farnley Tyas, we headed southwards across Farnley Moor, From here we descended to cross a railway line then a stream in an attempt to reach Brockholes.  This was almost thwarted by the fact that someone has clearly made a concerted and deliberate effort to block the public footpath with a number of large branches from a major tree pruning operation.  However, undeterred, out party cleared a way through and managed to stick to the planned route!

From Brockholes we ascended sharply towards Honley, picking up a path affording us splendid views of our Castle Hill target. The ascent continued fairly relentlessly, save for another stream crossing, until we reached the Victoria Tower atop Castle Hill. After a spot of lunch and some time to take in the panoramic views of Huddersfield, we made a steady, eastward descent to Sharp Lane, before the final climb back to Farnley Tyas and the welcome sight of The Golden Cock.

After brief refreshment at this pleasant hostelry, our small party went our separate ways.  Many thanks to the six attendees and a warm welcome to Karla White on her DVWG debut. I hope we haven't put you off for life!

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Huntsman Hobble Walk - March 10th

Posted 11/3/2018

A great days walking today for seven of DVWGs finest, completing the 7.47 miles Huntsman Hobble from Thurlstone.

First thing this morning the signs were not good for the walk with both heavy rain and mist around, fortunately this had cleared completely by the time we started. Ascending Town Gate and High Bank in Thurlstone to Royd Moor, circumnavigating the Reservoir and walking into the village of Ingbirchworth, we paused to see some new born lambs in the village.

Cue the first group collapse into laughter, crossing the village park we were speculating about the position of a well hidden bridleway, Mick Woodhall then shouts at the top of his voice, "ask this bloke coming towards us Dave", it was a woman, this left Mick quite red faced.

After walking across some pleasant fields we entered Margaret wood on the outskirts of Upper Denby, encountering some deep mud in the process.

After a lunch break at the church in Upper Denby, we opted for a spot of road walking, (no mud), to Gunthwaite.

The barn at Gunthwaite dates back to medieval times and is well worth seeing, we passed the barn, crossing Gunthwaite Park heading back towards Thurlstone emerging near to the former Scout Dyke Outdoor Centre, there was no sign of Peg Leg though !!

Some more footpath work brought us to the outskirts of Thurlstone where we encountered some deep snow blocking our path with hilarious results, as most of us finished up in a snowdrift. In true DVWG tradition though Sarah Jones proved once again that she is the queen of the snow walk with a pretty theatrical descent into a snowdrift, while Karen Etches let out some piercing screams as she got snow down her wellingtons.

Reaching Thurlstone Top of Town and the road meant the walk was nearly over as we descended the short hill back to The Huntsman for a well earned beer for our weary party of seven.

A warm welcome goes out to Caroline Hallworth who chose today's chaotic caper as her DVWG debut, "the best walk I've ever been on", she said afterwards. These were gratifying words reminding us why put the effort into our walk planning and what fun they are.

Well done to all today's walkers who walked, laughed and of course fell in a snowdrift !

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