Wortley round walk including Wharncliffe Crags

A Wortley walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 23/09/16

This walk follows a section of the Barnsley Boundary Walk and explores the countryside to the west of this town. The route also includes Wharncliffe Crags which offer some fine views.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h15[?]
Distance Distance : 13.1km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 217m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 217m
Highest point Highest point : 282m
Lowest point Lowest point : 121m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Wortley
Starting point Starting point : N 53.49034° / W 1.53757°
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(D)From car parking opposite the church (grid ref. SK307993) in the centre of Wortley, walk down Park Avenue then bear right down The Flats lane. Continue on the track after going through the wrought iron gates into the Wharncliffe Estate. Carry on for a mile until you reach Westwood Lodge at the junction with Carr Lane and Westwood Lane. It is a very pleasant walk through Wortley Park.

(1)Cross the road at the information board and take the path leading off on your right through the trees parallel to Westwood Lane. The path comes onto the lane in order to pass under the A616 then take the lane on the left up towards the woods. Bear right into the woods and follow the tracks through it (which can become confused as they seem to be used for moto-cross) until you come to the A61.

(2)Cross the road taking the path opposite down the steps and into Westwood Wood and take path southwards until you come out on Greaves Lane at Westwood Bridge. Go back, initially on the same path back up towards the A61 again. The next 2.5 miles is on the Barnsley Boundary Walk - marked with a B.

(3)Cross the A61 - the BBW continues some 50 m up the road - then descend down to the fields and at the left of Storrs Dike. Take the path to your right through the hedge, marked with a B sign but can be easy to miss (see the photo), come out into a field and head towards the tree in the middle of the field and the buildings at Carr House Court further behind it.

(4)Go left at the junction down Bromley Carr Road to Howbrook. At the crossroads go straight across onto Berry Lane then after 50 m, take the signed footpath to the right up the track to West Side. At the top of the track take the footpath between the house and the barn then follow the field boundary, keeping the hedge to your right. The markers are not clear at this point so aim for the nearest corner of Booth Wood then follow the south east edge of the wood until, as you come downhill, there are handrails which indicate the path down towards the How Brook then back up to the A629.

(5)Cross the road and take the signed path opposite and at the junction of paths bear left then follow the field boundaries to Bank Lane. Turn right, left at the road junction then off right on the farm track, Rough Lane. When this bends to the right, go left and climb up the field to the gate in front of another path where you turn right and keep the trees on your right.

(6)When you come to the paths that enter Wharncliffe Woods bear left picking tracks that keep the wall between the Woods and the Moor just to your left. After a quarter of a mile you will come to the path that runs northwards along Wharncliffe Crags. As you get closer to Plank Gate, below you on the left, follow the crag path right and then left, passing a small pond on your right and finally onto the Plank Gate track as it descends down to the A616.

(7)Immediately after going under the road in the tunnel go through the stile on your left taking the "Upper Don Trail", Pass the Mallard House Riding School on your right and the old Wortley Station. Go over the Finkle Street bridge, pass the farm buildings then about 20 m before the next road bridge turn off right and back down the lane towards Finkle Street. Just before the junction bear off left over a stone stile and follow the footpaths which are clearly seen as they head off across the fields towards Wortley church. Come out on the A629 by the church and cross over back to the parking.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Car park opposite church
1 : km 2.25 - alt. km 2.25 - Cross road and take path on right
2 : km 3.56 - alt. km 3.56 - Cross road and take path opposite
3 : km 4.32 - alt. km 4.32 - Cross A61 and descend to fields
4 : km 5.2 - alt. km 5.2 - Go left at junction
5 : km 7.16 - alt. km 7.16 - Cross road and take path opposite
6 : km 8.63 - alt. km 8.63 - Bear left at Wharncliffe Woods
7 : km 11.45 - alt. km 11.45 - Take tunnel under A616
D/A : km 13.1 - alt. km 13.1 - Car park opposite church

Useful Information

This is another walk based on a route described in http://www.stocksbridge-walkers.org.uk/W... although continuing on to Wharncliffe Crags adds some great views into the Don valley - as well as an additional half a mile.

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 3.67/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 3.67/5
Routemap quality : 3.33/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Mon 13 Aug 2018 11:22:12 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 13/08/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Got lost once. I missed some handrails in a wood, but once you do the walk it won’t happen again, some great views

on Mon 04 Jun 2018 12:11:34 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 03/06/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

Good walk, Map can be misleading at times.

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on Wed 11 Apr 2018 19:39:45 CEST

Many thanks for your feedback. If you have any suggestions on how the walk description could be improved it would be most appreciated. Please also feel free to post any photos of the walk if you have any

on Mon 09 Apr 2018 18:32:11 CEST

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 07/04/18
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

Nice walk but some of the instructions were a bit vague. Having said that we made it to the end and enjoyed the walk. Some great views from the Craggs.

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