Todwick Ramblers Club

Todwick Ramblers Club Walks: 2018

11th February 2018

Todwick – Todwick Common Farm – Hardwick Lane – Aston – Church Lane – Aston Ponds – Nickerwood Farm – Low Laithes Farm – Upper Common Farm – Todwick

Despite the early morning snow showers and the poor forecast, 15 enthusiastic walkers plus Poppy the dog met at Todwick News for a 6.5 mile walk on local footpaths.

Starting up Kiveton Lane we soon negotiated the only difficult stile on the walk to cross fields to Todwick Common Farm and out to walk along the old A57. Crossing the new A57 by the pedestrian crossing we continued down Hardwick Lane and field paths to reach our coffee stop at the motorway bridge.

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Very muddy paths then took us to Aston where we emerged onto the road all 3 inches taller due to mud on our boots. Down Church Lane we continued to arrive at Aston ponds for our lunch stop.

Fully refreshed, a short climb took us via Nickerwood Farm, Low Laithes Farm, and Upper Common Farm to arrive on Goosecarr Lane and back to the start.

A cold but dry and bright walk with splendid views of the snow-capped hills over Sheffield throughout was enjoyed by the walkers who returned home for a session of intense boot, and for one, dog cleaning.

Terry and Helena Calladine

26th January 2018

5 Weirs Walk Sheffield – River Don at Meadowhall – Lower Don Valley steel industry sites – Commercial Street – Tram ride back to Meadowhall

14 ramblers managed to follow the pre-walk advice and assemble by the pedestrian bridge over the River Don at Meadowhall.

We followed the well signed 5 Weirs walk to the Canal Basin in the City Centre, most of the time in glorious sunshine. The route is a stroll through the Lower Don Valley Steel industry sites of recent times. Meadowhall itself occupies the former Hatfield’s Steels site, names from the past such as Jessops, Sanderson and Hecla works are passed as we walk alongside a much-cleaned River Don. Gulls, Goosander, Kingfisher and Cormorants are all present and must be finding fish. The river authorities have installed fish – ladders at the Weirs to assist fish migration.

The canal basin was a good place to picnic, have a look at the canal boats and a well-earned sit down. The walked concluded with a stroll into town over the overhead walkways to Commercial street and a tram ride back to Meadowhall.

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The group photograph was taken by the Bailey Bridge over the Don near to the Wicker.

Brian & Rosemary Chambers

13th January 2018

Church Warsop – Welbeck Estate – Robin Hood Way – Norton – Cuckney

Meeting at the car park at Church Warsop, seventeen members of the Todwick Ramblers set off for a circular walk on Saturday, 13 January 2018.

Although, it was chilly and overcast throughout the walk, there was no sign of rain thankfully. The route took us through relatively flat countryside on forestry tracks, farm access lanes and fairly quiet country roads bordering the Welbeck Estate. Much of the route was on the Robin Hood Way, passing through woodland and the former estate villages of Norton and Cuckney with views of Carburton Lake at one point.

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Our lunch stop was on a small hillside overlooking the church and historic river meadows at Cuckney. Excavations in the churchyard in the 1950s revealed hundreds of skeletons from the Anglo-Saxon era, thought to be from a battle in the area. The final sections of the walk took us past the old mill and pond at Cuckney, down a farm lane and a short section of forestry before descending over fields and back to our cars.

Ken Whetter