Cawthorne and Silkstone

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This circular route explores the gentle countryside of South Yorkshire and two lovely villages. The charms of Silkstone and beauty of Cawthorne belie their industrial mining backgrounds, only revealed by the mining treasures dotted about and the Silkstone Wagonway Trail. This trail still carries evidence of the parallel stone sleepers that supported the rails upon which the coal wagons would have been pushed by hand and horse. Silkstone is where the walk begins and ends, with the route taking in the Silkstone Trail immediately. This is a well-marked trail on the level. The path taken into Cawthorne crosses fields and where it uses roads, these are quiet lanes, with footpaths in places. As with all road walking, keep your wits about you on blind corners and dips and rises.

Cawthorne itself is a lovely village with an old stone-built heart. There is a small museum, good antique shops, general stores and pubs to be found here. The route back is across field footpaths and small lanes, before coming back into Silkstone.

The route can be easily adapted to suit your own needs, especially on the return leg, where the many footpaths marked on the map provide endless variations.

Note from Walkingworld: We are very keen to fill the gaps of missing pictures on our walks. This walk has several missing. If walking this route and you can take pictures of the waymarks (in the direction of travel) please send them into us. Many thanks, Chris Stewart, walks administrator.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Countryside


Birds, Cafe, Church, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Museum, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop
10/25/2018 - Terry Gosling

The name of the pub at the start of the walk has been changed to The Bell Steakhouse. October 2018

4/16/2017 - Angela Vernoum

This is a lovely walk on tracks and through fields. Even the main road was easy to cross with care. Plenty of opportunity for the road to be off lead too. Just keep and eye out for horses using the Waggonway.

9/16/2010 - Adrian Perkins

Many thanks to Graham Wilson for his updates for this walk. September 2010. Adrian (Admin)

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