To celebrate their tenth year of existence, Dearne Valley Walking Group are pleased to announce that they are holding a week-long walking festival, starting on Saturday 13th April and finishing on Saturday 20th April.
The walking festival will comprise of a series of eight walks across the Dearne Valley area, all of which will be led by experienced members of the group. The walks have been selected to celebrate the splendour of the Dearne Valley, which although once one of Europe’s most industrialised areas, still has many unspoilt areas of natural beauty and rich heritage.
The official festival opening will be conducted by the Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Steve Green, prior to the first walk on Saturday 13th April and the festival will conclude on Saturday April 20th 2019 with a social evening to celebrate the achievements of all the participants, young and old.
Following the festival opening, the first walk will be a 6-mile Darfield Boundary Walk at 11am on Saturday 13th April. This will be followed on Sunday 14th April with a 4.1 mile Sprotbrough and Cusworth Circular Walk, also at 11am and on Monday 15th April it is a 1pm start for a 5 mile Hooton Pagnell Walk. Tuesday 16th April sees the first evening walk with a 4 mile Pottery Ponds & Roman Ridge Walk in Swinton which starts t 6.15pm and on Wednesday 17th April it’s a 6.2 mile Three Reservoirs Walk from Ingbirchworth which starts at 1pm. On Thursday 18th April there is a 4.5 mile walk from Conisbrough Station at 6.30pm whilst on Friday 19th April it’s a 12 noon start for a 6.5 mile Wentworth Classic Walk.
The Festival concludes on Saturday 20th April with a 4.5 mile Rockley Blast Furnace Walk from Worsbrough Village at 3pm which is followed by a Celebratory meal at the Edmunds Arms at 6pm.
Our Group is open to everyone to attend with no membership fees to be paid, so anyone and everyone is welcome to join any of the walks during the course of the festival week. All we ask is that each adult donates £1 to participate in each individual walk, with accompanied children walking free of charge. For the more enthusiastic participants, a season ticket for all walks and the closing social evening can be obtained for a donation of a mere £14, which includes a meal at the social evening. Participant numbers, however, do have to be limited and places can be secured with online donation via the festival website.
Dearne Valley Walking Group is a not-for-profit organisation and the festival is being held in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity – Registered Charity No. 1084305.
Dearne Valley Walking Group was formed in the Barnsley area of South Yorkshire in April 2009 and has since grown into a thriving independent walking group which is open to everyone, with around 100 active participants, hailing from the surrounding areas of Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. We walk mainly in South Yorkshire and the Peak District throughout the year. We encourage everyone to take up a healthier lifestyle and many of our walks are family friendly, as well as some that are more challenging for the experienced walker.
For more information on the Dearne Valley Walking Festival and booking information please see the event website, www.dvwf.org.uk and keep an eye on our social media channels: Facebook : @dearnevwalking Twitter : @dvwalkinggroup and Instagram : @dvwalkinggroup.