Skebar one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Skelmanthorpe and Barnsley.

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Grid Ref SE2300810592
Lat / Lon 53.59142° / -1.65388°
Easting / Northing 423,008E / 410,592N
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Grid Ref SE3464706535
Lat / Lon 53.55432° / -1.47849°
Easting / Northing 434,647E / 406,535N
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Skebar One's land is

Arable 27.6%
Pasture 21.2%
Urban 46.9%
Woods 4.3%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


Pete Belsey

23 Mar 2023 Spring

We walked from Barnsley to Skelmanthorpe so comments are in that order. Overall it's a sensible route, perfectly pleasant but nothing special.

The first section after leaving Barnsley station (about 20 minutes, over the bridge crossing the railway) is full of interesting history and worth lingering over - with a lot of old buildings, plaques and sculptures, including a recent statue of cricket umpire Dickie Bird.

It's then another 20 minutes of suburbs before reaching fields.

The section leading to Cawthorne is rural, although it's hard to escape the noise of the M1 motorway. Be careful on the short road section into the village itself where there isn't a pavement, although there is a verge if you need it.

Cawthorne is an attractive village, with an even more attractive tea shop.

The next section is mostly across fields and skirts round the Canon Hall Country Park and Canon Hall Farm. You could detour into these (the Park is free, the Farm is not) but you would end up having to walk a section on the road to rejoin the route, and the road is rather narrow and twisty without pavements and fairly well used by cars.

After another field you cross through Deffer Wood, which has clear tracks and a nice mix of trees.

After leaving the wood on a footpath, there's a short road section. We missed the footpath turning on the left and carried on down the road. It's quiet enough to feel perfectly safe and is slightly shorter, although gaining height through the fields will give a better view across the valley.

The track past the old coal mine is clear but often very muddy. The footpath skirts a farm and then drops down to cross the River Dearne. This is the prettiest part of the whole walk. It is a steep descent (we were glad to be going down not up!) but there are wooden steps. The river at the bottom curves amongst the trees; look across at the tall Victorian bridge taking cars up to Bagden Hall.

Cross the main road to go up through a short wooded section and then across fields into Skelmanthorpe, where you join the road (with pavement) into the village.

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