Todwick Ramblers Club Walks: 2019
20th February 2019
A walk in and around Shireoaks village
An excellent turnout of 23 people met at the back of Shireoaks Marina for this walk, including two new walkers and a dog. After introductions we crossed Marina Drive and entered Woodlands Country Park, formerly Shireoaks pit. There is a fitness trail, but no-one seemed interested in tackling that, so we took the gentler route up to the top. We paused to look out from the viewpoint and read the various plaques informing about the colliery that had been on the site, then it was downhill to join the canal towpath and walk back towards Shireoaks village.
A footpath took us alongside a field and around the back of Shireoaks Hall, two pleasant surprises here, a large spread of aconites under a tree, then in the ornamental canal we spotted a lesser egret. Back into the village we stopped in the village gardens for a coffee break, seating for some and pleasant views of the river. We then continued along the lane, past the cricket ground and fishing lakes to re-join the canal, here we could see the canal trust boat negotiating the lock. Members of the Trust gave all who were interested up to date visitor guides to the canal. From there we walked up to Turnerwood, then across the railway line and down to Brancliffe Grange, back to the canal where we stopped for lunch. This time the entertainment was watching some of the canal trust members clearing a fallen tree from the canal. It was then an easy walk along the towpath back to the Marina.
This was a pleasant, varied walk of just over 5 miles, mostly on good surfaced paths, which everyone enjoyed.
Marion Brassington, walk leader
10th February 2019
Harthill – Thorpe Salvin – Kiveton Park – Todwick
Despite the early morning rain, 14 members caught the X54 bus to our walk start in Harthill. Fortunately, on leaving the bus the rain had stopped and the sky was beginning to clear.
Starting with a short climb up Serlby Lane we soon joined the Rotherham Ring Route through a field of Belted Galloway cattle, fenced off from the footpath to the relief of a number of our walkers.
Continuing on a number of field paths we crossed Common Road and Packman Lane to arrive at our coffee stop at the end of Slaypit Lane.
Fully refreshed we continued until reaching Southwards Lane which took us into Thorpe Salvin.
Dropping down fields we soon reached the canal; however we immediately turned into Hawks Wood soon to stop for our lunch break looking across at the ruins of Thorpe Salvin Hall.
Once again refreshed, we continued down to the canal towpath which we followed to Kiveton Park station and then across the field to return to Todwick.
A walk of 7 miles but all easy walking which was enjoyed by all.