Our walk saw 21 walkers split over 2 groups set off from Anchorage Lane Car Park in Sprotbrough and head towards Cusworth Hall. We passed through Cusworth Country Park before passing under the A1(M) and crossing fields to reach Melton Road.
Here we turned left along the main road before taking a right along Brompton Road, admiring the large properties as we passed. After crossing Park Drive we took a path on the left to pass through the wooded Sprotbrough Park and emerge on a footbridge to cross back over the A1(M).
We then took a route across Albert Plantation to join the Trans Pennine Trail which then took us northwards back to Anchorage Lane to return to the car park.
Well done to all those who completed the 4.4 mile walk in very warm temperatures. Thankfully, some light cloud cover reduced the heat that had been prevalent earlier in the afternoon.
Finally, a warm welcome to our new walkers, Elaine Binns and Jane Love.
Our group of 10 walkers and 2 dogs set off from the Carsington Visitor Centre, following the path past the sailing club. The path keeps close to the edge of the reservoir, and eventually starts to go up and down through pasture and woodland, before reaching a gate leading onto the B5035. Crossing the road we followed the path up to the road through the village of Hopton.
We all stopped to the admire the Gell Almshouses before continuing on the road to Carsington to take a pit stop at The Miners Arms. Leaving the pub we continued our walk down the lane at the rear of the pub which took us back to the B5035, crossing the road we then followed the path back to the Visitor Centre. A lovely 8 mile walk.
Well the rain stopped just in time for tonight’s evening walk for DVWG and we were treated to a sunny evening and lovely still views over the Ewden Valley.
Our walk from Bolsterstone across fields and Hollin Edge Height was not a new one to DVWG, but a first time evening walk.
The walk along Holin Edge Height was sloppy at times but the views were stunning, we descended to the Wantley Dragon Sculpture and through More Hall Woods.
We opted not to descend fully to More Hall Reservoir but returned to Bolsterstone via More Hall Lane to Bolsterstone.
A great 3.8 miles walk which has potential for modifications to walk the reservoirs too.
Thank you to the 15 people who walked.
Starting from Mattersey church we were treated to some home baking by Andrea Turner prior to setting off.
Firstly we walked the long out and back track through to Mattersey Priory and back, taking time to take a look around the site.
From here we followed a track out of the village and through Pusto Hill Wood and headed for Drakeholes and the Chesterfield Canal.
After a short drinks break we walked the towpath through Drakeholes and Wiseton leaving the canal at Gray’s Bridge.
We followed field paths eventually heading through part of the Idle Valley Nature Reserve and ascending Blaco Hill and emerging on the outskirts of Mattersey to complete our walk.
Well done to the 10 people who completed this 9.55 miles circuit. It was great to walk in a single group again.
A total group size of seventeen people enjoyed our Wortley Evening Walk yesterday in evening sunshine.
The walk started in the village of Wortley and walked through Wortley Park into the village of Bromley before taking local lanes to Howbrook.
Here we once again joined field paths which were quite muddy after the recent rain taking the ascent to Wortley Reservoir crossing a few tricky stiles along the ridge.
We walked along this ridge passing under the Stocksbridge bypass and the end of our walk.
Thank you to everyone who attended.
Our evening walks remain very popular and the recent easing of COVID-19 rules means that DVWG will now walk in sub groups of up to 11 people for the foreseeable future giving the walks a more sociable feel.
Two groups of 6 walkers set out from Creswell Railway Station for our 8 mile Creswell Crags Walk this morning.
With a forecast for rain we were pleasantly surprised that the weather was quite dry and warm as we set off through the village to shortly arrive at Creswell Crags. Making our way through the impressive limestone gorge along the northern side of the lake we took the opportunity to peer inside some of the pre-historic caves along our way.
As we left the gorge we joined the Robin Hood Way which took us past the Visitor Centre, along a tree-lined lane and out into fields as we caught glimpses of Welbeck Abbey rooftop through the woodland. After passing between Gouldsmeadow and Shrubbery Lakes we reached Welbeck Abbey South Lodge where we paused for a short break.
Leaving the Robin Hood Way behind we took a left to walk along Broad Lane before bearing left again to weave our way across a series of fields and over Walling Brook to reach the A60. A short walk along the grass verge ensued before crossing the road to take a diagonal path across a field to Belph.
However, before taking the path we noticed a footpath closure notice indicating a footbridge over a stream at the end of this path was closed until September 2021 for replacement. With the alternative route being to walk further along the A60 and the fact we could see a bridge in place we opted to continue to see if the it was indeed closed, only to find that the bridge had been replaced and was fully open!
Crossing the footbridge we followed a footpath past the hamlet of Belph, alongside the stream and field edges to reach and then cross Hennymoor Lane and take a bridleway diagonally back to rejoin the Robin Hood Way where it crossed the A60.
By now we were being subjected to a few light showers as we retraced our outgoing route past the Visitor Centre to this time take the route on the opposite side of the lake through the gorge before returning to our start point.
A big thanks and a well done to the 12 people who walked today. Thankfully, we got back to our cars just before the heavens opened!
Today’s walk started in Low Bradfield. Our walkers set off in steady rain to begin the ascent across fields to the St Nicholas church at High Bradfield.
There crossing a wall stile at the top of the Watch House we followed the path for Bailey Hill. From here we started to descend with a drop on the left which years ago formed a natural defence for the motte and bailey castle built by the de Furnival family.
Crossing over Roche End Brook we followed a walled path to its end and then picked up the footpath for Rocher Head. This took us through a derelict farmstead before picking up Smallfield Lane. From here we picked up a foothpath down Agden Side emerging onto a path on the edge of Agden Reservoir.Following this path we did a circuit of Agden Reservoir to bring us back in to Low Bradfield.
From here our group then did a circuit of Damflask Reservoir to complete our 8.5 miles walk. Well done to our 8 walkers for braving the weather conditions today.
An evening walk for DVWG around Silkstone Common in the sunshine tonight.
Starting from the Station Inn we walked field paths crossing Vicar Wood and two stream crossings. We ascended to Far Coates and walked back down the TPT back to Silkstone Common.
It was a refreshing change completing this walk in sunshine instead of doing this walk as our annual annual after dark walk.
A party of fifteen completed the 4.5 miles walk, DVWG’s 500th walk.
Then in a bizarre twist, DVWG went to the pub for the first time in a very long time.
Well done and thank you to everyone who walked.
A five mile jaunt from Tickhill for DVWG this evening with 15 walkers in 3 socially distanced groups setting off from the Carpenters Arms pub and walking past the well hidden Tickhill Castle and Mill Dam.
We then took the Water Lane track with Mill Stream accompanying us along the left hand side until we left the track and crossed the stream to head across fields for Tickhill Low Common as it began to rain amid fears of a soaking given the dark skies. However, the rain soon passed and after hastily correcting a slight navigational error we made our way northwards, parallel to the A1 to the A631.
After crossing the main road our route took us alongside Goole Dike to Sheepwash Bridge from where we followed Sheepwash Lane back over the A1 and along a maze of paths through a housing estate to eventually emerge in the centre of Tickhill.
Our walk finished by taking a narrow alley through to St Mary’s Road which led us to circle the church before returning to our start point.
Well done to everyone who walked with us this evening and we look forward to seeing you again.
It was perfect walking weather with sunshine, blue skies and a light breeze for our Totley Moor Walk, even if it was a little cold when we met outside The Peacock at Owler Bar.
Parking at Owler Bar proved impossible and we had to move the start point into Holmesfield, congregating in the church car park. Our numbers were slightly depleted after Steve suffered some after effects of his COVID vaccination whilst Russell had a senior moment and forgot about his walk booking.
Inevitably the walk was extended with the move of start point and we set off through Holmesfield Park Wood and headed to Fanshaw Old Hall before crossing Gillfield Wood and descending into Totley.
There then started the continuous climb over the Totley rail tunnel passing the impressive air shaft onto Totley Moor, crossing Brown Edge and Flask Edge stopping off for a refreshment break at the trig point.
After emerging at Saltersitch Bridge we walked along the road for a while and up a footpath onto White Moor to Lady’s Cross where we were treated to the sight of three deer running across the moor, not an uncommon site on White Edge.
Returning to the path adjacent to the road we walked along the fields and turned towards Barbroook Reservoir to the Bronze Age stone circle which sadly is now overgrown and buried since our last visit.
Eventually we emerged on the A621 and opted not to descend into Smeekley Wood to avoid a strep climb back to Holmesfield but took a quick pit stop on the benches outside The Peacock pub to determine the best route back to Holmesfield, the pub landlord took objection to us taking a rest on empty benches outside a closed pub, a proper jobsworth here !!!
What followed was a steady road walk back to Holmesfield and the end of our walk.
Well done to the eleven people who completed this lovely walk in the sunshine which finally covered 10.5 miles.