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OUT & ABOUT Wath to Wentworth


Hoober Stand A scenic


This circular 11 mile walk encompasses a number of historical sites of interest. The first 6 miles are part of the Rotherham Ring Route boundary walk taking in Wath, Elsecar and Wentworth.


START: The Cross Keys Inn, Wath PARKING: Wath Park car park, Moor Road, Wath, S63 7RW


From the Cross Keys Inn, Wath, cross Station Road to enter playing fields. Follow the footpath around anticlockwise to access a foot bridge over the Brook Dyke into Recreation Rd. Turn left and continue to reach Moor Road. At Moor Rd turn right and continue ahead to cross a suspension foot bridge spanning the A633 to enter Manvers Regeneration Park Land. Take the second path on the left and walk alongside the lake to a footbridge. Cross the


Needle’s Eye


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hedges). Follow this to reach a lane. Turn right along the lane to reach a metalled farm track. Turn right along this to Barrowfield Lane at the edge of Wentworth. Turn left here to cross Main St and enter Church Field Lane to reach the destination of Holy Trinity Old Church, Wentworth.


Wentworth to Wath return route Distance: 5 miles


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bridge and turn left to join the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) in approximately 0.5miles.


Continue ahead, go under the subway and then pass the Old Moor Wetlands Centre. After a second subway, cross over the dyke by a foot bridge and then bear left towards the B6273. Carefully cross the road and continue ahead along the trail.


Just before a road bridge bear left in the direction of the sign “Elsecar Greenway”. Continue to the Wath Rd (B6097) and cross using the refuge. Continue ahead for approximately 0.6miles to meet an access road serving Corton Wood retail park. Cross the road and take the TPT to Elsecar.


Upon reaching a canal towpath, turn left here to head for Elsecar. Follow the Elsecar Canal tow path for approximately 1.3 miles to a road bridge on the outskirts of Elsecar.


Cross the Rd to enter the renovated area of the Elsecar Canal Basin and continue to the head of the Basin. Turn right with the level crossing on your left to the access road to the Elsecar Heritage Centre.


At the Market Hotel turn left down Forge Lane. When the building line ends veer right. The path then climbs gently over a field and into Kings Wood. Take the path that follows the perimeter of the wood to its junction with a track, at the edge of the wood. Enter the field. The path goes diagonally across the field then bears left to follow a boundary hedge for 100 metres to a gap in the hedge, by the remains of a footpath signpost. Follow the path down the right hand side and then cross the field to the bottom left hand corner and out to reach a green lane (path between two


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Head towards Holy Trinity ‘New’ Church. Turn left down avenue then right onto Main Street. At car park on left go through gate in far right corner and cross field to steps next to cricket pavilion. Exit cricket field through gate, turning right onto Clayfield Lane.


Continue along Clayfield Lane, turning left at B6090, then left up Coaley Lane. You will catch a glimpse of


the needle’s eye 45ft sandstone pyramid. Turn right into Street Lane. After 300m take footpath on left across a field into woods to towering Hoober Stand. Turn left on footpath to Lea Brook Lane, then right to meet Hoober Field Road.


Bear left and continue to junction with America Lane. Bear left until junction with Packman Road, B6089.


Cross this with care to footpath through fields and headland to emerge on Newhill Road in Wath. Turn left and continue to sharp left bend. Take footpath straight ahead along field edge, then down to bridge over Brook Dike.


After the bridge turn right on footpath parallel to stream. Re-cross stream at next bridge and emerge on Church Street. Turn right onto West Street, B6097. Cross and after Biscay Lane take the footpath bearing left, following the course of Brook Dike behind the supermarket to Moor Road before reaching the starting point of the playing fields.


Further details regarding public transport and other local walks, complete with maps, can be found in the Rotherham Ring Route booklet which can be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre on High Street, Rotherham or Deer Park Farm Tea Rooms in Thrybergh for only £2. Also details of how to send for the booklet can be found on www.ramblers.org.uk/rotherham-metro


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