I don't know exactly when this was, but Susan sent me this photo of a recent pre Christmas walk. She says Carol took the photo as selfie didnt work! It was a short walk at Cawthorne (last minute change of walk due to filming in Emley) and they finished off with a little Christmas lunch, sandwiches, quiche, scones, mince pies etc including Crackers. (That doesn't look like a "little" Christmas lunch to me!) She says it was a really enjoyable time to end an awful year - and we all know exactly what she means with that! Merry Christmas all!
Not an official WWWN walk but Lesley went out, took some photos, and sent them to me with a walk-talk - so here they are, published!
"Today, Cath and I walked in the Dearne Country Park. Its hard to imagine when you are there, that Barnsley town centre is so close.
The day was sunny and the walk included local history both recent and distant in the forms of the aqueduct and the viaduct now long gone, the pit winding gear and of course Monk Bretton Priory. The footpaths wind past attractive lakes and through woodland some of which was planted just after the first World War when wood was badly needed.
The walk continues along the Trans Pennine trail and provides the opportunity to walk in the grounds of the Priory where Cath and I ate our socially distanced lunch in the cloisters.
A distant view of Oakwell gave Cath a reminder of pre-lockdown and a happy day was had!!"
Message from Lesley:
Just in case ladies imagine that we are all sitting and waiting for opening time again thought I'd send you some photos taken when Jane and I walked around Cannon Hall and then by chance bumped into Jennifer and Margaret. It was so lovely to suddenly meet up with other ladies and makes you realise what a privilege it is to belong to this group.
The photos show what a beautiful day it was, with fabulous autumn colours.
Here's a late entry from Chris S. She sent me this walk talk and a couple of photographs which look, indeed like they are heading into the darkest depths of South Yorkshire! Apparently the half dozen walkers comprised of Chris S herself, the two Margaret Ss, Gwenda, Chris W and Carole - you just have to use your imagination.
Here's Chris's offering.
On the 25th October six of us snuck into deepest darkest South Yorkshire (already Tier 3) and had a lovely walk lead by Margaret S, with her and Carole's "merged" walk. I resumed my roll as back marker as per photos. Was amazingly busy and people were in "our lunch spot" but we coped well. Margaret's part of the merged walk took us up a "chuffingly" steep hill. Definitely a heart thumping climb. Was so lovely to be back, walking with friends.
Thank you Chris
Notification - Walk Programme suspended for the foreseeable future
WWWN returned to running Group Walks in a COVID-secure way from September through to the end of October and the Committee thanks all the walk leaders who offered their walks during these difficult months.
Sadly now though, following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night (Saturday 31st October) of a second national lockdown so we have no option but to cancel the walks programme from Thursday 5th November until further notice.
We will still go ahead with the Zoom meeting for the Christmas Fuddle so please keep your eye on the Bulletin! page for further details.
Stay Safe x
I received some fine autumnal photos to go with Joan's walk-talk on the walk she led around Kirk Smeaton. Here you go!
"A fine start to our walk from Kirk Smeaton with an introduction to out village sculpture recently completed by Nicky Packham, a bespoke metal artist and blacksmith. Nicky has spent 3 months living in her battered old caravan in the car park at the Shoulder of Mutton creating this structure from the huge collection of scrap metal donated by villagers.
The project was in recognition and gratitude to the pub owners for the organisation of fruit and veg box deliveries for the village during 14weeks of lockdown. Watch out for the press release soon.
A beautiful walk through Brockadale Nature reserve to Wentbridge and returning perilously close to the waters edge after heavy overnight rain. Thankfully noon one took an unscheduled dip in the fast flowing river Went. Thanks to Lesley for the photos."
Thanks Lesley and Joan.
Jules led this Thursday's walk around Lothouse Colliery. The walk-talk came from Jules, with photos from Lesley - thank you both.
"Six of us set off from Carr Gate via Grandstand Road and Outwood Railway Station and did a Magical Mystery Tour of the Lofthouse Colliery area. After a little confusion we successfully circumnavigated the whole area taking our lunch break overlooking the lovely little lake, complete with ducks, before exiting to take a completely different route back.
Gwenda, Margaret, Elaine with Daisy the Dog, Jane, Lesley and Jules enjoyed a very pleasant six mile walk on a day which started cool and dry and ended balmy and sunny, and would you believe we never stopped talking. Daisy was as good as gold and obviously enjoyed her brief membership of the WWWN.
Photographs come as no surprise from Lesley, I do believe she is getting more professional by the week."
On Tuesday I received a lovely email from Jennifer, who says she misses seeing all her walking friends. Luckily she has walking chums who live nearby. She's been getting together with them regularly and enjoying their walks. She shared some photos of her most recent walk so I can put it on our blog, just to say Hi, and to let everyone know she's still thinking of everyone.
"Caroline led us on a 7 half mile circular from Anglers park, to Sharlston and Crofton. It was just like a summer's day. After the mud, floods, and bogs that we've waded through over the last few weeks, it was wonderful. As usual we had lots of laughs on the way."
And here are her photos, kicking off with an arty one as Jennifer knows best. Thank you J!
Neither a shower of rain nor buckets of mud could dampen the spirits of these lively ladies today. 11 ladies accompanied Lesley on her 6.5 mile walk from Denby Dale, up through Upper Cumberworth, through Ingbirchworth, around the reservoir and back to Denby Dale through the Quaker Hamlet of High Flatts.
The weather stayed lovely and spirits remained high as we socially distanced from each other and the occasional passer by, in groups of 6. The walk passed through some pretty areas and along some delightful lanes now covered by leaves. The hamlet of High Flatts with its Quaker heritage is always interesting and Denby Dale viaduct itself proved to be quite a talking point with newcomers to the area.
There's no walk-talk or photos from Ann's walk to and back from Fairburn to Ledsham, but an email arrived at firstname.lastname@example.org which I haven't copied verbatim but wanted to share some quotes with you here.
The email came from one of the two fellow walkers following a chat they had with some of Ann's group en-route. It was clearly a fun and jolly conversation - and it was thoughtful of him to follow up with these words;
"It was a pleasure to meet you all yesterday on the way out and then, as we thought, on the way back in"
"You brightened up what was a lovely stroll, though in our innocence we did blush at the offer of one between six!"
So it just goes to show that even in these trying times of Covid-19 restrictions and approaching winter, our members can still share some sunshine, fun and laughter on their travels to help brighten up folks' days! Thank you all, and keep up the good work!