In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous.

Aristotle

This leg of the Wild Yorkshire Way was on another cloudy (and very humid!) day. As the way now runs south of Dodworth towards Sheffield on the edge of the Peak District, it is becoming gradually hilly.

The first mile was essentially walking from the Dodworth railway station out of the town to rejoin the Transpennine Trail for cyclists and walkers. There was a lovely view of the surrounding hills just on the outskirts of the town.

The route now turns west and after another 2 miles goes past Silkstone Common on its southern side with the ground becoming gently, but visibly, more hilly.

Yet another mile and now the route begins to turn south, now passing Oxspring, and it will continue in the general southern direction for the majority of this walk. At Oxspring, the trail rejoins River Don for a little while and a mile west of the village of Thurgoland, one walks past the lazily flowing river with beautiful spots such as the one below keeping one company.

Past this place, I seemed to have taken a wrong turning for 5 minutes and walked under the Roman Viaduct below before returning to the actual trail (it was a nice detour).

Soon there is Thurgoland Tunnel, a very curious moment when one actually walks underground – quite unexpected!

Another 2 miles follow and the walker follows the wide and largely flat surface with lovely views of the countryside to the both left and right.

Eventually the wide track enters the Wharncliffe Woods, with some steep climbs here soon to follow towards, eventually the Wharncliffe Crags. First, there’s a lovely pond shortly upon entering the woods on the northern side.

The next mile takes one through a series of nicely-maintained paths here that will be as good for walkers as they are for cyclists.

Eventually, and rather suddenly and unexpectedly, one walks into the open onto the Wharncliffe Crags with superb, breathtaking views towards the west. I took a well-deserved break here, now having walked approximately 10 miles.

Next, the trail begins to descend south through the woods towards the village of Oughtibridge – it’s a rather steep and quick descent.

Closer to the village itself, the path rejoins a wide and comfortable track.

It’s a very steep descent into Oughtibridge, which is in a very pretty valley, and it’s an equally ascent up on the other (southern) side of the village. Shortly after Oughtibridge, the walker crosses another, smaller, village of Worrall. Turning back to look north awards one with pretty views of the surrounding countryside.

The day was quite cloudy, but at this point it started raining for a few minutes – this was quite refreshing, actually, the day was superbly humid, although I was helped by some breeze now being more in the open.

Temporarily for just another mile or so, the route now took me west towards a little hamlet of Holdworth with enchanting views towards the south (I don’t think these photos give justice to the views here, to be honest).

I have now walked 16 miles now. I was supposed to walk further west towards High Bradfield now, but a group of cows now completely blocked a path – they seemed friendly, but there were 6 of them, unwilling to move at all. Instead, I have decided to walk all the way down to Damflask Reservoir (1 mile down, very steep).

At the Reservoir, I followed along it to the west for about 1.5 mile to Low Bradfield and then immediately turned back east on its southern back. This was a lovely flat walk with very pretty views all around.

Closer to the Reservoir’s south-eastern side, the route leaves it, with a quick and steep walk up first towards the village of Dungworth and then south of it (west of the hamlet of Storrs), with many gentle countryside views accompanying the walker here. The city of Sheffield is easy to see almost all the time from here, being just a few miles to the east from here.

This photo of Sheffield in the distance was taken from near Riggs High Road.

I had now walked 21 miles, with only 4 miles left that day. As the trail approaches the large and busy Manchester Road, there are many pleasant views of the valley here – although it is quite noisy here (the traffic!)

There is a pleasant wood on the southern side of Manchester Road with the cooling murmur of the stream you can see in the first photo below, and an incredibly steep (albeit short) hike up immediately after.

Once up there, Sheffield’s Lodge Moor area is immediately to the east here. There is a very pleasant countryside path running along the southern edge of Lodge Moor here

The last mile to the end of my hike that day, continuing east to Fulwood in Sheffield is along the roads. This last photo was taken as one enters Fulwood from the west on School Green Lane.

Overall, a lovely and progressively more and more hilly walk, with many hints of the Peak District’s proper elevations on the next day!

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