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Skeroy one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Skelmanthorpe and Royston (Yorkshire).

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Grid Ref SE2300810592
Lat / Lon 53.59142° / -1.65388°
Easting / Northing 423,008E / 410,592N
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Royston (Yorkshire)
Grid Ref SE3615911446
Lat / Lon 53.59837° / -1.45509°
Easting / Northing 436,160E / 411,447N
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Skeroy One's land is

Arable 39.4%
Pasture 18.7%
Urban 41.8%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


Pete Belsey

12 Apr 2023 Spring

We walked Royston to Skelmanthorpe so this review covers the route from east to west.

If you really have to walk from Royston to Skelmanthorpe on this route then I'm sorry as you won't enjoy it much. We have walked - and enjoyed - most of the spokes to Skelmanthorpe, but not this one. The route is generally uninteresting and often poorly signed. We will put up an alternative which mostly uses the Barnsley Boundary route from the M1 to Royston and is both nicer and better signed.

If you still want to walk this route, read on...
We struggled to find the way from Royston to Mapplewell as the path was either blocked with vegetation (photo 1), built over by new houses or currently closed due to works on the dismantled railway (photos 3-5). We only discovered the closure when we got to the far end (photos 6-8) and had to climb through a fence blocking the way - there was no sign at the Royston end. Certainly until the works on the dismantled railway are complete (maybe June 2023) we suggest just walking along the road from Royston to Mapplewell (Lee Lane B6428), which has a pavement all the way. This may be dull and hard underfoot but is at least clear and straight.

You first hit something relatively pleasant after Darton, walking through a park by the River Dearne (photos 9-12), although the sound of the M1 is ever present and it's only worthy of comment in comparison to what has gone before.

The only really nice part of the walk is going through the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, for which you are meant to buy a ticket to enter. There are warning signs on the footpath gates about this (photo 13). If you want to detour slightly to see the sculptures - either to the south where there are a number of Andy Goldsworthy outdoor pieces and the impressive "Seated Man", or to the north into the park area (Henry Moores) or the more formal gardens (Barbara Hepworth and others) - you certainly should pay. If you just follow the route straight across, you are unlikely to be challenged, but you should be aware of the risk.

Then it's across fields and farmyards, through Clayton West (photo 14) and up the pretty Pilling Lane to Skelmanthorpe. A lot of effort for very little reward.

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