Deffer Woods and Cawthorne Park

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This walk is a short, circular route over the rolling countryside of Pennine Yorkshire. The stately home of Cannon Hall is mid-point, but the main features of this walk are to be found in the two distinct woodlands of Deffer and Cawthorne. Both are mixes of broadleaf and conifer stands. Deffer is the 'tamer' of the two, whilst Cawthorne has a 'wilder' feel. Aside from the woods, the stretches across open countryside provide for smashing views across these rolling Yorkshire valleys.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Countryside


Butterflies, Cafe, Great Views, Pub, Public Transport, Stately Home, Woodland
6/13/2016 - David Wright

We printed the directions from the site as no post codes were given, surely with Sat Nav now used it would help if this was included. Anyway to improve the directions after point 11 you should also point out that you turn at the signpost for Barnsley and not straight on into Denby Dale. Then it would help if point 12 was updated with the turn onto Bark House Lane as signposted for Cannon Hall. Then add you follow this road beyond the entrance to Cannon Hall Farm and directly opposite the layby where the walk starts is a House/Lodge. The directions for the walk are very good until point 13. It would seem the walk is not made by many people as the loggers road is heavily overgrown and hard to distinguish and much worse is the path described as more obscure at the T junction going straight on is the right path but again it is very heavily overgrown and difficult to distinguish. Neither is there any longer a pile of road toppings in the glade. Section 13 & 14 were extremely boggy. Apart from all this we did enjoy the walk which took us 2h 35mins due to the uncertainty in the final section of the walk.

9/22/2014 - june batty

When we eventually started this walk it was very good. However the nav.instructions are obscure at the arrival point. From our home address WF14 9DY instruction 15 states turn left onto High Hoyland lane which was fine then 16 states turn right onto New Road. At this point there is not a right turn ! We followed High Hoyland lane until we reached an entrance to Deffer Wood and from there the walk instructions were as printed. The lay-by is on the right ! There were six of us walking and agree there must be an error. If we have misunderstood please advise thank you. Also nav point 11 is a left onto Litherop Lane. Just to inform you that the lane name sign is not there. Must say it is a very pleasant walk. June Batty

7/10/2013 - phil djokic

I`ve done this walk numerous times,it`s a lovely local walk for us,I always park in the cherry tree inn at High Hoyland,the food and beer is excellent and on a warm day sat outside the views are superb.

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