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|Barnburgh and Barnburgh Crags|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 14 Aug 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|South Yorkshire, Doncaster|
|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.
|Start to Stables Lane|
Start point: 53.5238 lat, -1.2703 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.
|Stables Lane to Staggered T Junction|
Start point: 53.5269 lat, -1.2709 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|
Start point: 53.5313 lat, -1.2592 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.
|St Helen's Lane to End|
Start point: 53.5256 lat, -1.2466 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
|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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|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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