Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Cannon Hall and Cawthorne

I should have been going to Tissington in the Peak District today but my support worker phoned me yesterday to say she's having problems with her car and so could we stay fairly local, hence Cannon Hall, which is only five miles the other side of Barnsley.

We did a short walk which took us to the nearby village of Cawthorne.

[One unusual thing I noticed in the churchyard was that several gravestones had the exact age that the person had died, featuring the number of months and weeks.]

We finished off with tea and cakes from the cafe at the garden centre across from the car park.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Whitwell, Steetley, Netherthorpe, Woodsetts, Gildingwells, and Langold.

After travelling to Worksop I caught the Chesterfield bus to Whitwell. I didn't visit the church, it's out in the wrong direction and I've already seen it on a couple of previous walks. Instead I headed northeast across the fields to the hamlet of Steetley with its pretty chapel, claimed to be 'a gem of early architecture and the most complete and beautiful specimen of Norman work to be found anywhere in Europe.'

Steetley Chapel certainly didn't disappoint; the building, the location, the neatly manicured lawn, and the weather were all absolutely perfect...the time I spent there was quite magical.

I then went along a footpath and a country lane to Netherthorpe, another hamlet, passing right alongside the airfield there.

I continued going north, crossing over the Chesterfield Canal at a pretty location called Turnerwood and crossed Lindrick Golf Course on my way to Woodsetts. The church at Woodsetts seems to be architecturally similar to Steetley Chapel, except that it's larger and a much newer building.

I walked along the road to the southern edge of Gildingwells and then headed to the east, across the fields to Langold, from where I caught the bus back to Doncaster.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Millhouse Green, Ingbirchworth, Upper Denby, Silkstone, and Dodworth

I travelled to Millhouse Green again today, as far as I can get on the bus going to the west of Barnsley. I immediately headed to the northwest to get views of Royd Moor Windfarm, walking along Spicer House Lane.

There are a lot of wind turbines in this area, not just the ones at the windfarm. It's quite high up and very exposed, it's also just outside the boundaries of the Peak District. I don't think you're allowed to site any turbines within the national park.

There's a viewing platform with a seating area and a very detailed toposcope on the top of Royd Moor. According to the inscription it's possible to see as far as York.

I took the road that leads towards Ingbirchworth and then a path going across fields to the southern edge of the village; I didn't walk into the centre of the village though...I'd already done some research and there's nothing interesting there, just some modern housing.

Upper Denby is about a mile to the northwest - it's church is Victorian.

I then joined the Barnsley Boundary Walk, passing Gunthwaite Hall and stayed on this trail for nearly three miles before I continued going east as it swings to the northeast towards Cannon Hall, intending to finish the walk at Silkstone, three miles further to the east.

I was rushing to get to the bus stop, expecting a bus would be due in five minutes...but when I checked the timetable there wasn't one for over an hour. There's a gap of over ninety minutes without a bus going to Barnsley, probably because of the schools services I should think. I decided to carry on walking along the road for the mile and a half to Dodworth; I didn't save any time though because I still had to wait thirty minutes there and ended up catching the same bus I would have got on in Silkstone.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Milton, Bothamsall, Hardwick Village, and Worksop

The timing for the bus to Milton from Retford is a bit tight, but everything went well today and I arrived at the start of the walk just after eleven o'clock. I started the walk from the mausoleum there; there isn't a bus stop there but the bus driver stopped for me since I'd already told him my plans. Unfortunately the gates were locked and so I could only manage to take these two photographs.

I then walked into the village, there's nothing else to see there, and started my planned walk, heading off to the west towards Lound Hall. The footpath goes right alongside the building.

About half a mile beyond the hall a ruined chapel is shown on the map; these are the ruins of Haughton Chapel - they're quite substantial, but a little overgrown.

My second village of the day was Bothamsall, somewhere I've visited a couple of times before. Approaching the village from the south I crossed over two rivers in quick succession, the Maun and the Meden.

I then walked in a northwesterly direction towards Hardwick Village and Clumber Park, finishing the walk at Worksop Bus Station. I took the most direct route to Worksop, staying north of the facilities and attractions. 

The footpath going over the River Poulter was closed because the wooden walkway had collapsed. The ford wasn't too deep though and so I risked it.


I took a little time to photograph the nearby priory and gatehouse - they're quite close to the bus station.