Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Gringley-on-the-Hill, Drakeholes, Everton, Harwell, and Bawtry

I caught the Gainsborough bus and travelled to Gringley-on-the Hill and then walked back to Bawtry to catch the bus back to Doncaster.

Gringley's a pretty village and I spent a bit of time there. 

I climbed up Beacon Hill, which is at the eastern edge of the village, to enjoy the view from up there.

I found a footpath which goes across a field to the lower part of the village and then walked down the country road to the Chesterfield Canal. I walked along the towpath for a couple of miles until I reached Drakeholes, and then had to walk along the road to Everton because the footpath across the fields, although not technically blocked, the farmer had made access difficult by placing a sign stating that it's private land, deliberately hanging two large tarpaulin sheets from trees and making no effort to level off the path which goes across a recently ploughed field. It was just easier to take the slightly longer route. 

I didn't spend as long in Everton as I had in Gringley.

I continued to Harwell and then walked through Barrow Hills, an area of woodland.

The final mile and a half along the road is what always spoils a walk finishing at Bawtry, there's only a bus every two hours and so there's usually not one due. A bus was due when I got to Bawtry though - I only just got to the bus stop in time..

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Oxspring, Snowden Hill, Midhopestones, Upper Midhope, and Penistone

Today has been the first time for over a year that I've made my way to the Peak District using public transport. I caught the Penistone bus from Barnsley and got off at Oxspring. I chose the quickest and most direct route using country roads to reach the hamlet of Snowden Hill and then I'd planned to use footpaths to descend into the valley.

It looked like the farmer had deliberately attempted to block the footpath here though, and further on the route had been successfully blocked using a barbed wire fence. 

I tried to find an alternative route, not caring if the farmer saw what I was doing, but I couldn't find one and so had to return to the road - of course it meant that I spent more time on the farmer's land than I otherwise would had had he facilitated access.

I walked along the top of the dam wall at the eastern end of Underbank Reservoir and took a path going through the woods to the south of the reservoir to reach Midhopestones and continued heading west until I arrived at  the national park boundary just before Upper Midhope.

There's a nice old chapel at Midhopestones.

This was very helpful by Sheffield City Council.

I'd never come across this term before, at the start of another footpath a few hundred yards further on.

I soon reached the open moors to the south of Langsett Reservoir - it was really good to be here, high up on the Peak District moors again.

Someone's been busy carefully stacking these stones.

Time was passing and I needed to get back to Penistone by the quickest route, mainly along the road. I had twenty minutes to wait for the bus and then another fifteen at Barnsley for the bus back to Doncaster.


I soon left the moors though and turned to the north to return back down into the valley

before climbing up and over to join the TransPennine Trail about two miles west of Penistone, where I finished the walk.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Torworth, Bilby, Hodsock, and Carlton-in-Lindrick.

I started today's walk from Torworth in North Nottinghamshire and went down the country lane heading southwest towards the main road that leads into Blyth. I crossed this road and continued along a wide bridleway over to the A1. This is a very busy road and a dual carriageway but fortunately I didn't have to cross all four lanes in one go and I got across quite quickly.

I progressed along the edge of a field where pigs were kept and then an estate road going to the hamlet of Bilby. Just beyond Bilby I turned to the right, still using an estate road until it petered out into just a footpath. I'd not previously walked along these last two miles to the road near Hodsock.

Hodsock, like Bilby is an estate village.

[This was the third time I'd crossed over the River Ryton.]

Hodsock Priory isn't a priory, it's a private house.

The final mile and a half into Carlton-in-Lindrick wasvery familiar though...but it was good to be still finding stretches of footpath in this area that I'd not used before.

When I reached Carlton I visited the duckpond for the first time - there's a nice grassy area with several benches and picnic tables there.