Doncaster Ramblers

Welcome to Doncaster Ramblers

Doncaster Ramblers have over 200 members and we are part of the Ramblers, a national charity.

We provide walks on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the year. These walks are usually of about 10 miles in length and vary in location from local walks starting from Thorne, Fishlake, Edlington and Epworth, etc, to Grindleford, Calver and Hathersage in the beautiful Peak District, to walks in the Castle Howard area, in the Wolds, as well as many more locations up to about an hour's drive away. These walks are for reasonably experienced walkers.

On the seramblers20cond Thursday of every month there is a 7-8 mile walk in the local area, with members meeting at the foot of the escalator near the information point in Doncaster Transport Interchange from 9.30 am, or meet at the start point. 

Our walks are listed in the box on the left. Click on them for more details, including the leader's phone number if you would like more information. 

There is also information about our walk categories, what to bring, etc.

Ramblers is not only about walking. Our volunteers monitor the Rights of Way in Doncaster (there are about 590, the number changes slightly from year to year as new paths are created, and some extinguished) to identify problems and our maintenance teams assist DMBC in building and repairing stiles, kissing gates and bridges, and clearing overgrown paths. Ramblers Volunteers also attend meetings of the DMBC Public Rights of Way Forum where wider issues concerning the network are discussed. Please see our Volunteers section for further details.

See below the results of our efforts in the Sykehouse area.








DMBC Get Doncaster Moving

Please note that info on our walks for DMBC Get Doncaster Walking is now on the Get Doncaster Moving website. 

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Car Sharing

Members are welcome to meet at the Park and Ride, Rossington, when convenient to reduce the number of cars taken to a walk. This is an informal arrangement.

Saturday, 26th January - Area AGM.  A 5.5 mile walk in the morning at 10.30 from WF4 4LA.

Tuesday, 29th January - Beyond North Cave. Depart 8.30. 

Thursday Walks

The committee has decided to increase our walks programme by extending the Thursday walks programme as from the Summer Programme. We are looking for walks of 2 - 2.5 hours only, within the local area, to start at 10.00. We hope to offer walks to people who are interested in walking but reluctant to try a 10-mile walk, as well as members who may feel that 10 mile walks are beyond their comfort zone.  The current monthly 7-8 mile walks will continue, supported by these walks of about 5 miles, thus giving clear steping stones from 5 miles to 7-8, then about 10, and then the more strenuous walls we offer inthe summer months.

Lee Welsh, who co-ordinates the 7-8 mile walks, had agreed to co-ordinate the shorter walks also. Please contact Lee to offer a couple of walks.

Nur Indian Restaurant

Nur Indian Restaurant, off Edlington Lane, Edlington, has advertised in our Wallks Programme for many years.

'The little Restaurant with the big taste'

The Committee had a meal there in January and it was excellent. We can definitely recommend it to our members (we would have invited you all but it is quite small).

The Walking PartnershipDoncaster Ramblers are proud to be affiliated to the Walking Partnership. Support our group by booking your walking holidays with Ramblers Walking Holidays or Adagio and nominate Doncaster Ramblers when booking to ensure we receive vital funds. Click for details RWH logo

Join the Ramblers

As a Ramblers Member you can ralogo200x157
  • be part of Britain’s biggest walking charity
  • join a community of over 110,000 members
  • enjoy a wide range of membership benefits
  • choose from 38,000 led walks a year across England, Scotland and Wales
  • help us continue our charitable work to protect Britain’s footpaths and promote walking

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For the fourth year running Ramblers have checked  all  of  the 591 Rights of Way in the DMBC area in 2019.

Well done to all of our path walkers!

Our Maintenance teams have had 14 sessions carrying out improvements and repairs on various parts of the footpath network.

Walk Reports

Tuesday, 22nd January - Longshaw Figure-of-Eight
A start delayed by a car crash in the Sheffield area and icy roads didn't spoil the enjoyment of 41 Ramblers meeting at the Fox House Inn, rather than the Longshaw car park, closed because of snow.  After leaving the Estate we walked through a Bronze Age field system, to the north of the Toad's Mouth, noting, en route, the tomb of the 'Little Ancestor'.  We failed to see the enigmatic Carl Wark because of the mist - built for no known reason - and next passed the Tomb of the 'Great Ancestor', in this dominant position overlooking the valley, clearly the most revered chief of the people living and farming here.  At Burbage Bridge we stopped for refreshments before walking along Burbage Edge and back to the Fox House Inn for lunch.  After lunch 21 members continued the final three miles of the walk.  We walked through the Estate, then down and across the road into Padley Gorge, crossing the bridge over Burbage Brook and climbing towards Longshaw and the Fox House Inn.   Visibility throughout the day varyed from about 100 metres to several miles, with everyone enjoying an invigorating and stimulating day's walking.  DG
Please see Information box on the left re an addition to ourWalks Programme.
Saturday, 19th January - An AxholmeAmble - See 'Saturday Walks' tab, above
Tuesday 15th January - Tarts and Trails
Blue skies and above average temperatures welcomed 44 of us into Bakewell car park for the start of this lovely walk in one of the favourite Derbyshire areas. After an initial briefing from Tony, we set off alongside the R.Wye towards our coffee stop in the picture postcard village of Ashford-in-the-Water. Our next stage took us up the delightfully named Pennyunk Lane and onto open fields with grand perspectives to the east appearing as we gained height before turning a corner where the spectacular views of Monsal Head and the iconic viaduct came into view. A steady downward path through young woodland took us down to the river again for a different perspective of the viaduct before we ascended and crossed over it, followed by a journey through the tunnel and to our lunch stop at a disused railway platform (Thornbridge Hall). Half a mile further on was our short pub stop at the Crispin Inn in Gt. Longstone where we were made very welcome. The landlord actually came out to wave us off and thank us for our custom - a lovely gesture. To make up for the ups and downs of the morning, the afternoon followed the flat disused railway line ("The Monsal Trail") all the way back to Bakewell - just an hour's walk away. It was great to be out on this mild, clear day in such lovely surroundings. Thanks Tony for planning and leading the walk and Neil for backmarking. DB
Tuesday 8th January 2019 - Cannon Hall and Silkstone Circular
It was certainly a case of "Norman's Invasion" as 48 of us gathered at Cannon Hall Farm on a gloriously sunny and crisp morning for our first Tuesday walk of 2019. After a brief introduction and some background history we were soon on our way on this surprisingly undulating circular anti-clockwise walk across mainly grassy fields and along well defined footpaths with clear views emerging on all sides as we gained height. During our coffee stop Norman kindly provided everyone with a piece of his homemade fruit cake (and even an accompanying chunk of cheese) which was much appreciated. Our lunch stop was in Silkstone with the choice of the village pub or the welcoming Pot House Cafe. The sun continued to shine as we completed our circuit back to Cannon Hall, passing the distinctive tower of Cawthorne Church towards the end. This was a great walk to start the new year and everyone enjoyed chatting and soaking up the warming rays. Thanks Norman for being a thoughtful leader (and baker) and to Chris and Lee who shared the backmarking. DB


Ramblers Stepping Out Programme

Funded by the National Lottery and through Sport England, this programme is designed as walking mini breaks for carers and those they care for. Following the success of the pilot by Kent Ramblers last year, Doncaster Ramblers were one of three new areas to volunteer to participate in the programme this year. Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has given the project her full backing. "It's a great scheme combining physical activity with respite and connectivity and much loved by participants" she said. We will continue this programmei in 2019 so look out for news.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019