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 Christmas Walks at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

8th, December, 2019

This year’s Christmas walks are in and around the beautiful Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which occupies the parkland of Bretton Hall. The border of West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire runs through the centre of the park mainly by the River Dearne. The Barnsley Boundary Walk and the Dearne Way both run through the park and the Kirklees Way runs close by.

Most of the paths in the park are in reasonable condition. However, we may encounter a couple of wet and muddy stretches but they are not too bad and may even have dried out a little.  After our encounter with the mud and water on the Chatsworth walk this will be a “walk in the park

Three walks will be on offer, two of approximately 5 miles and a third of 3 miles, led by Gavin, Dennis and  Andrew  respectively.


Gavin's 'A' Walk

We commence the walk at the bus stop / lay-by close to the park on the A637. Immediately we follow Jebb lane for a short distance then turn north west at a footpath to cross the fields heading towards Menagerie Wood which is above the Lower Lake of the park.

After entering the wood we soon descend down steps to the lake shore and continue westward alongside the lake and through the wood. There are an incredible amount of squirrels in this wood and they appear to be everywhere. If only they were our native reds. Oh, and there are a few sculptures in here too!

We soon meet the Barnsley Boundary Walk and take a short walk away from the park before looping around to re enter it at the Upper Lake.

This is another beautiful lake and we will stroll around it and hopefully have a coffee break at the Summer House and enjoy the view. Don't eat too many sandwiches!

On the last part of the walk we will make our way across the park visiting some of the incredible sculptures on our way to the Visitor Centre. Here our coach will be waiting for us to take us to our Christmas lunch at the Brewers Arms in Snaith.

Bon appetit and a Merry Christmas.

  Dennis' B' Walk

An alternative amble all within the Park, attempting at all stages to avoid meeting Gavin's group and to ensure that we don't get lost and miss the Christmas festivities at the Brewer's Arms in Snaith!!

The wet conditions in recent weeks will make it difficult to find paths which are neither wet, nor muddy, but we will do our best to find a reasonable route.

This is a lovely area and irrespective of conditions underfoot the walk should be interesting and enjoyable with plenty to see.

  Andrew's 'C' Walk

In order to conform to our usual format this will be a short 3 mile walk through the parkland. Even though the Brewer's Arms will no doubt be serving 'lashings' of food at lunchtime it will not deter us from starting the day with our usual refreshments at the Visitor Centre café ..... but go easy on the bacon sandwiches and toasted tea­cakes!!

 To complete the morning perhaps a little Christmas treat during the walk.


  Forthcoming Walks ..... 2020 ...