Dearne Valley Walking Group: A 12-mile stretch of the Yorkshire Wolds
Dearne Valley Walking Group set off in readiness to complete a 12-mile stretch of the Yorkshire Wolds Way.
The walk was from South Cave to Towthorpe. However, due to the warm weather, injuries and other commitments our numbers for the walk were somewhat depleted.
After reaching the coast we commenced our walk from the car park on South Landing passing through the adjacent country park and out onto the cliff tops.
Our walk continued along the headlands and up to Flamborough Lighthouse. After taking a refreshment stop we continued onwards along the cliffs alongside the golf course, walking a mile or so to North Landing. Here we got a brilliant view of Flamborough Old Lighthouse, built in 1674 and is the oldest surviving lighthouse in the UK.
North Landing in Flamborough is a wonderful place at any time of the year, however today the bay was full of holidaymakers and day trippers who were just simply basking in the hot July sun.
After a short lunch break overlooking North Landing our party continued along the cliffs heading towards Thornwick Bay, the most beautiful of Flamborough’s coves which is adjacent to the holiday park which bears the same name.
Anyone attempting this walk should be cautious on the path between North Landing and Thornwick Bay. Here the path is badly eroded in places and there are several diversions in place, which should be strictly adhered to for the safety of people.
After passing Thornwick Bay the cliffs ascend steeply towards Gull Nook. It was just before here where our party said goodbye to the cliffs and the sea and turned inland to head back into the village and complete our circuit of the village. We walked a long footpath from the cliff tops along the side of Thornwick Bay Holiday Park, which emerged in the middle of the village after passing Grange Farm.
A short walk into the village centre led us to Dog & Duck Square where our party, now somewhat weary stopped off for a drink in this welcoming Yorkshire coast hostelry. After our refreshment break we took the short walk back through the village to South Landing where we completed our walk and our circuit of this wonderful village.
Well done to everyone who completed this eight-and-a-half miles walk in one of Yorkshire’s finest locations, particularly as the temperature reached 28 Celsius.
In general Flamborough is always worth a visit, the cliff walk is wonderful in any season with each cove being more beautiful than the last and the walk at 8.6 miles is well within most people’s capabilities and is very easy to navigate. For the more energetic people the walk can easily be extended to increase the mileage too either by starting from Danes Dyke, (mentioned in the Domesday Book) or extending the walk onto Bempton Cliffs where Puffins can usually be seen roosting.
Our forthcoming walks include our Strines Social Walk on Saturday July 21. This is a five mile walk string from the Strines Inn and taking in Back Tor and Lost Lad before returning to the Strines Inn for an early evening meal. Meet at the Strines Inn, Mortimer Road, Bradfield Dale, Sheffield, S6 6JE for an 11 am start.
We then have a seven mile Wentworth Monuments Walk on Sunday July 29. Meet at the Village Car Park, Main Street, Wentworth, S62 7TL for an 11am start.
If interested in joining us then please contact David on 07904 010347 or by firstname.lastname@example.org email.