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Walks from Season Four - Denby Dale

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Walk Info
2¾ miles (4.4km)
Minimum time
1½ hours
Total ascent
478 ft (146m)
Level of difficulty
Well defined footpaths
Stepping stones in wood
8 stiles/gates
Grid SE 22432 08522
Can be off lead in wood
Livestock elsewhere
Railway Car Park
Public Transport
In Denby Dale
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Route Directions

  • If you are arriving on the train, leave Denby Dale railway station through the gate at the bottom of the platform.

  • If you are arriving by bus, walk across towards the station from the bus stop.

  • To the right of the station, cross over the railway track using the bridge on a track called Wood Lane.

  • The path enters a canopy of trees before exiting to a stile onto open countryside.  Here, livestock can roam, so ensure you have any dogs under close control and best still on leads.

  • Follow the clear worn track in the field and make your way to the fence corner on the right hand side.

  • At the corner of the fence, turn right and cross diagonally to get the gate on the left-hand corner.

  • Once over the stile, follow the path until it reaches a road.  Follow the fenced section to get to another gate - and then cross the field to another gate.

  • After this gate, cross the road.  This is the road which leads down to a recycling centre, and so can get quite busy.  Go through the gate on the other side, and down the path with the stone wall on the left.

  • Go through the gate at the end of this path and enter the field - which again usually has livestock grazing in it.

  • Cross the field in a fairly straight direction to reach the gate on the far side.

  • Go through the gate and squeeze down the narrow footpath with a wall and a fence on the left and bushes on the right.

  • At the road - Cumberworth Lane - turn left and the follow the road towards the church.

  • At the church, enter the churchyard through the gates and discover this fine building and its graves.  The path exits the churchyard to the right of the far side of the church directly onto Cumberworth Road - there's no pavement here, so be careful.

  • Turn left, and then turn left again down Hollybank Avenue.  As the road turns to the left, take the well-hidden Public Footpath on the right.

  • The footpath takes you down to the busy A635 Barnsley Road.  Turn left and at a convenient point, cross over this road and turn right down the signed Public Footpath with houses on the right.

  • This path drops down to enter a wood - with a stone wall on the left.  Follow the wall and the path, and turn left to cross a beck - called Wood Spring.

  • Climb over the stile and follow the path through the wood.

  • The path crosses over the beck using the stepping stones, and then over the little bridge to turn right to walk alongside the edge of the wood for a while.

  • Re-entering the wood, there's a boggy section before crossing over the River Dearne via the footbridge.  Climb the steps to reach the stile in the stone wall, and cross the field to the far woods.

  • Over the stile, and follow the clear path through this wood - called New Park - to the kissing gate, after which the path becomes Toby Wood Lane.

  • Follow this road to the junction with the A635 Barnsley Road, cross over and turn right.

  • The impressive railway viaduct is straight ahead, and after a terrace of houses, take the Public Footpath on the left.  Drop down and turn right to walk towards the viaduct.

  • At the viaduct, turn left and carefully drop down the step steps until you reach the access road to the factory on the left.  Turn right here to walk underneath the viaduct and follow the road down to the A636 Wakefield Road.

  • Cross over the road and turn right, followed by a left in the direction of the Public Footpath sign.  Then turn left and walk up the path to return to the railway station.

Relevant Links

For information about the clothing Andrew has been wearing throughout season four, click here.

Get to Denby Dale by train with our friends at Northern.

Details about Denby Dale Railway Station from National Rail Enquiries.

The new third edition of the AA Guide to Yorkshire gives you everything you need to know to get the most out of your visit to this wonderful county - and written by our own Andrew White.

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