It was quite a cloudy day. This stretch of the Wild Yorkshire Way follows a series of suburban paths designed for walkers. It was actually quite monotonous with only occasional wider more distant view. No hills yet, but the route does steadily go upwards, but very slowly, meaning it still feels relatively flat.
From Doncaster railway station, it was only about 1 mile to reconnect to the route again. The wide track for local walkers and cyclists follows south here. It was early in the morning (about 6.30am in the morning) with only a few people around.
Just before the walker reaches River Don and turns westwards, the track narrows somewhat and trees become more dense.
For the next 2 miles, the route follows the northern bank of River Don. Much of quite pretty, but unfortunately made less enjoyable by the noise from the huge motorway one passes on the way.
Eventually, the path reaches a train line which goes above the walker on a huge and picturesque viaduct.
After a short, steep ascent, the first steep ascent of this kind since I had begun walking the Wild Yorkshire Trail (about 70 miles in now), the route goes slightly away from River Don for about a mile, with the town of Conisbrough to the south, until reaching River Dearne.
Once crossing a bridge on River Dearne, the trail follows the river on its southern bank north west. Soon, Denaby Ings Nature Reserve is on the other side of the river and the town of Mexborough to the south. A lot of the time, the tree cover on these walker-friendly and cyclist-friendly paths means, unfortunately, one cannot see much of the surrounding countryside; the below was one of the few view I got.
Past the Reserve, the wooded track ends for a while and the route is now on the other side of the river before crossing back over to the southern bank.
At 11 miles in, the route passes under a railway line bridge and the walker is soon in Brookfields Park, a surprisingly well-maintained park with some nice views. I say “surprisingly” as the area is very suburban: Bolton upon Dearne is immediately to the north and Wath upon Dearne is to the south, both forming a large aglomeration, yet this is a lovely park near some industrial complexes.
There are lots of towns that the route passed closely on the way for the rest of the day – the paths, mostly concrete-/street-like are lovely and green, but none it feels remote in any way. Nonetheless, one can find some unexpected lovely spots like this one just past RSPB Old Moor.
The stream in the photo above is no longer River Dearne, now left behind, it’s Knoll Beck.
At about 15 miles in, I came across this small pond in the Park Hill area with the town of Wombwell to my south. A nice and quiet spot, unfortunately horrendously littered by others near the bench where I took a short break.
Past Wombwell, the route now travel in roughly the western direction, close to River Dove now, with a short bit of some more open spaces.
Soon it’s back to wooded single-track just before crossing a street near Worsbrough.
Just metres off West Street, one of the main roads in Worsbrough, I came upon this enchanting pond!
The final three miles of the walk take one away from Worsbrough on a path that continues towards Dodworth and Silkstone Common (further to the west). The final part of my walk included crossing the absolutely enormous M1. The photo below was taken just 2 or 3 minutes before crossing it – you can’t see M1 here, but the noise in this place was astonishing. M1 is just behind the dark-green hedgerow at the end of the field.
Now, I started crossing the town of Dodworth to the railway station, taking time first to take one last photo on the day of the countryside to the east on the south-east outskirts of it.
Some lovely spots that day, but sadly somewhat monotonous to walk. Nonetheless, the route is getting more hilly now with the promise of more varied countryside and the Peak District on the next day on the trail to come soon.