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Worsbrough Country Park Circular

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Worsbrough Country Park Circular
Author: MTazDay, Published: 02 Nov 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
South Yorkshire, Barnsley
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Worsbrough Country Park Circular
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A level easy walk suitable for all the family around a reservoir and country park. If you want to make a day of it, there are other attractions nearby. Wigfield Farm http://www.barnsley.ac.uk/facilities/wigfield-farm, has a wide collection of animals (sheep, ponies, donkeys and meerkats) and is open to the public to visit. Worsbrough Mill http://www.worsbrough-mill.com is a working stone mill that has regular open days to demonstrate the milling process. Stone ground products are also available to purchase.

Most of the paths are gravel topped but there are areas that will have puddles in wet weather. Parking, both paid and free are nearby. The walk is level and is suitable for pushchairs. Toilets and refreshments are available at both Wigfield Farm and Worsbrough Mill.

Take the A61 to Barnsley from Junction 36 of the M1. At the junction in front of The Ship public house, take the left turn (Vernon Road) then immediately left again onto Haverlands Lane (you will see brown tourism signs for Wigfield Farm). Follow this and you will pass Wigfield Farm on your right. Shortly after this the road takes a sharp left bend, just before this (on the bend almost) turn right onto a small lane where a free small car park is immediately on the left. The nearest postcode is the one for Wigfield Farm, S70 5NQ.

If you are visiting Wigfield Farm too, you could park at the farm itself. Alternative paid parking is available at Worsbrough Mill (which you pass on your left as you come down the A61, just before you turn left at The Ship). If you park in this car park, follow the signs to the reservoir and this will bring you to waypoint 6 on the walk.

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Walk Sections

Start to Wigfield Farm
Start to Wigfield Farm

Start point: 53.529 lat, -1.483 long
End point: 53.5281 lat, -1.48 long

Alongside the car park is the Dove Valley Trail section of the Trans Pennine Trail. Join this and walk back to the bend and, taking care, cross the road to the swing gate. Go through the swing gate and walk along the Dove Valley and Trans Pennine Trail until you see the signpost to Wigfield Farm. There are a couple of picnic tables to your right and a path heading downhill from the Pennine Trail - follow this path.

ALTERNATIVELY: If you have decided to park and visit Wigfield Farm first, then to start the walk, look across the road opposite the car park entrance and you will see a gate and a path. Go over to this, go through and you will be at this point.

Wigfield Farm to Reservoir
Wigfield Farm to Reservoir

Start point: 53.5281 lat, -1.48 long
End point: 53.5277 lat, -1.4792 long

Walk down the path and this brings you to the side of the reservoir where there is a signpost. Turn right, signposted to the bird hide.

Reservoir to First Crossroads
Reservoir to First Crossroads

Start point: 53.5277 lat, -1.4792 long
End point: 53.5237 lat, -1.4826 long

Keep to the main path, passing the bird hide on your left. If you wish to do a spot of bird watching there is an information board on your left (just before the bird hide) which lists the birds and wildlife that have been seen around the reservoir in the country park. This area is mainly wooded with views over the fields.

There are a few signposts pointing to the right but, for this circular walk, keep to the main path, which will gently twist and turn. There is also a small bridge which is wide enough for pushchairs etc. When you reach the point where the path gently slopes upwards and two paths meet, follow the path to your left signposted Mill Museum Shop & Toilets.

First Crossroads to Second Crossroads
First Crossroads to Second Crossroads

Start point: 53.5237 lat, -1.4826 long
End point: 53.5234 lat, -1.4806 long

This path takes you through a pleasant wooded area with water on your right. At the point where paths meet, take the path to your left through the gate. On your left here is a small stream.

Second Crossroads to Southern Reservoir Path
Second Crossroads to Southern Reservoir Path

Start point: 53.5234 lat, -1.4806 long
End point: 53.5239 lat, -1.4798 long

After a short walk you will come to a point where you have a choice of two paths. This route walks beside the reservoir, but the alternative is to carry on along the wooded path. The more scenic route is beside the reservoir, but both paths run parallel to each other and at the end of this section a small bridge connects the two paths.

Southern Reservoir Path to Dam
Southern Reservoir Path to Dam

Start point: 53.5239 lat, -1.4798 long
End point: 53.5253 lat, -1.4751 long

Taking the path to the left brings you to a narrow path alongside the reservoir with views over to Worsbrough and Ward Green. You will probably see quite a few people fishing here as the reservoir is very popular for anglers who have regular competitions.

At the end of this part of the walk you will come to a junction by the dam wall. If you want to explore the Mill Museum go ahead or, to continue the walk, take the path along the dam wall.

(NOTE: If you have decided to park in the Mill Museum car park (paid), follow the signs from the mill to the reservoir and this will bring you either to this point, or (if you go over the bridge) to the next point on the walk.)

Dam to Northern Reservoir Path
Dam to Northern Reservoir Path

Start point: 53.5253 lat, -1.4751 long
End point: 53.5274 lat, -1.4755 long

Walking on the path along the dam will give you views over to Wentworth Castle as well as views over to the fields and Mill Museum. At the end of this dam section, turn left to walk along the northern edge of the reservoir.

Northern Reservoir Path to End
Northern Reservoir Path to End

Start point: 53.5274 lat, -1.4755 long
End point: 53.529 lat, -1.483 long

Walking alongside the reservoir will bring you back to Waypoint 3. Turn right to head back up the path to join the Pennine Trail back to the car park where the walk began.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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