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Barnburgh and Barnburgh Crags

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Barnburgh and Barnburgh Crags
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 14 Aug 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Barnburgh and Barnburgh Crags Walking Guidestar1 Barnburgh and Barnburgh Crags Walking Guidestar1 Barnburgh and Barnburgh Crags Walking Guidestar1 Barnburgh and Barnburgh Crags Walking Guidestar0 Barnburgh and Barnburgh Crags Walking Guide
South Yorkshire, Doncaster
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Barnburgh and Barnburgh Crags
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Barnburgh and Barnburgh Crags Walking Guide boot Barnburgh and Barnburgh Crags Walking Guide
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A 3 mile circular walk from the small village of Barnburgh, near Doncaster in South Yorkshire. The route climbs steadily along a quiet track to reach the heights of Barnburgh Crags (or Barnburgh Cliff as it is sometimes called). This stretch of woodland path rewards you with far-reaching views to the south as well as sections of beautiful old rock face. The return leg leads you gently downhill through fields and woodland with a great view of the Dovecote in Barnburgh Park.

The route has one long and steady climb followed by the equivalent descent. Whilst most of the paths are wide and well-made, some of the paths on the return leg are narrow and unmade and are prone to becoming both overgrown and muddy at times. This stretch can be avoided if necessary, by following a track and then pavement instead. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock, meaning well-behaved dogs can enjoy plenty of off-lead time. There are no stiles or gates on route. There is one short stretch along the edge of a road which needs particular care. Allow 1.5 hours.

The village of Barnburgh is located about 8 miles west of Doncaster in South Yorkshire. The walk starts and finishes from the High Street, at the southern end near to St Peter’s Church. There is street side parking available on the High Street, but please park with respect for the local residents. If you are visiting at peak times, such as weekends in the summer, you may want to arrive early to be sure of a parking spot. Approximate post code DN5 7EP.

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Walk Sections

Start to Stables Lane
Start to Stables Lane

Start point: 53.5238 lat, -1.2703 long
End point: 53.5269 lat, -1.2709 long

The walk begins from the southern end of the High Street in Barnburgh, close to the church. Before setting off on your walk, you may want to take a moment to explore St Peter’s Church. The church is associated with a local legend, The Cat and Man. In 1477 the then Lord of the Manor, Sir Percival Cresacre, was travelling back home on his horse when he was attacked by a wild cat. The horse fled, the cat then turned upon the knight and there followed a long, deadly, running struggle between them. On arrival in Barnburgh the man had been terribly mauled by the fierce claws of the cat and made for the church for safety. He fell within the church porch, and in his last dying struggle, crushed and killed the cat against the wall. And so the legend of the cat that killed the man and the man that killed the cat was born. A wild cat is on the family shield and carved in stone on the church tower.

To begin the walk, head north along the High Street (away from the church), passing an old red phone box on your right and Ivy Farm Court on your left. At the top of the High Street, follow the main road as it bends left (signed to Hickleton). Stay with this right-hand pavement and, where the houses on the left end, you will get your first views. Cross over the side road, The Pinfold, and over to your left you will see the old stone enclosure – a pinfold – that gives the road its name. The pinfold was used for impounding stray cattle or horses and the owner was then required to pay recompense for any damage caused before their animal was released.

Just 50 metres later, fork right to join the stone track, Stables Lane, signed as a public bridleway.

Stables Lane to Staggered T Junction
Stables Lane to Staggered T Junction

Start point: 53.5269 lat, -1.2709 long
End point: 53.5313 lat, -1.2592 long

Follow this lane between a number of properties, including Crags House on your right, a clue to our next destination. Beyond the houses, simply keep ahead on the farm track, leading you between fields. Where the track swings away right into a field, keep straight ahead on the narrower path leading you steadily uphill. At the top, the path swings right leading you through a tunnel of trees to reach a staggered T-junction.

Staggered T Junction to St Helen's Lane
Staggered T Junction to St Helen's Lane

Start point: 53.5313 lat, -1.2592 long
End point: 53.5256 lat, -1.2466 long

Turn right here, following the path with a woodland to your right and open crop fields to your left. Ahead and to the left you will see some of the large wind turbines that generate electricity in this area. The path begins to descend steadily, leading you between trees. As the trees on your right end, you are rewarded with outstanding views to the south. You will be able to see the church tower in Barnburgh and far beyond across the Dearne Valley to Sheffield and the Peak District.

On the left, within the trees, you will see several sections of the rock formations of Barnburgh Crags or Cliff. Barnburgh Crags is an outcrop of magnesium limestone which is part of the escarpment that goes from Conisbrough through to Hooton Pagnell.

Keep ahead along the woodland path, ignoring both the first footpath signed off to the right and then one signed off to the left. At the far end you will emerge directly to the edge of a road. Turn right along this, taking particular care of any traffic. At the bottom of the short slope, just where the road bends left, turn right onto a stone track, St Helen’s Lane.

St Helen's Lane to End
St Helen's Lane to End

Start point: 53.5256 lat, -1.2466 long
End point: 53.5244 lat, -1.2696 long

Follow this track, leading you past a vehicle barrier and then on between fields. Once again you will have magnificent views ahead. At 11 o’clock you will see two prominent buildings. The church tower of St Peter’s Church is in the distance, and a little closer you will see the octagonal dovecote within the grounds of Barnburgh Hall. The hall, once the home of the Lords of the Manor, was demolished in 1967 and was replaced by a sympathetic development of individual houses. In its time, the hall was quite extensive and included a stable block, this rare hexagonal dovecote (which would have once housed more than 2,000 birds), a lime kiln, gardener's cottage and walled gardens.

Immediately after the track swings hard left, you will see a yellow waymarked post on your right. At this point you have two choices. The main route follows narrow paths which can be muddy and overgrown at times. If you would prefer to avoid these, continue ahead on the track to reach the road and then turn right along the pavement to return to the village.

For the main route, turn right here to join a grass track between hedgerows. Keep ahead as this track dwindles to a narrow grass path following the left-hand edge of a crop field. At the end of the field, stay with the path which lead you ahead and swinging left, downhill, through a tree line to reach the corner of the adjacent field. Keep ahead for just 10 paces and then fork right on the path which leads you into a large tree belt.

Keep ahead along this meandering woodland path (which can get very muddy at times). A little further along the path joins a stretch of sleepers forming a boardwalk over a stream. Continue on the path winding through the trees and, after a second section of boardwalk, you will emerge out to a crop field. Turn left and follow the path with trees on your left and the crop field on your right. Stay with this field-edge path as it swings steadily right, always keeping the woodland edge on your left. When the woodland ends, continue ahead, now with a hedgerow (and cattle pasture beyond this) on your left. Just beyond the pasture (but before the end of the crop field you are in), you will come to a fork at a large oak tree. Fork left here and follow this grass path leading you steadily uphill. You will emerge to the end of a tarmac access track, keep ahead along this, passing the entrance for Barnburgh Hall Gardens on your left. At the junction, keep ahead into the High Street and follow this back to the point where the walk began.

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1 responses to "Barnburgh and Barnburgh Crags"

Nice,peaceful walk

By Bruciebonus7 on 2016-10-08 18:20:55

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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6462_0Richard1471173343 Barnburgh and Barnburgh Crags Walking Guide Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Our two lovely walk companions. This walk is good for dogs as there is quite a lot of off lead walking and we did not have to cross any fields with livestock.

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