Who knew we could walk to a castle from our doorstep! It wasn’t until I was looking at the OS map for inspiration for longer local walks that I realised that Conisbrough Castle is only 6 miles from our home. Exploring Don Gorge was also an option. SO I combined them and this is what I came up with…
I used OS maps online to plan the walk, see where the footpaths were and to see how far it would be. There would be some urban navigation but I was fairly confident that there would be plenty to see. Overall, I was surprised too see and learn more than I had expected about the area that I now call my home.
Feel free to follow this route by the letter, adapt it; make it longer, make it shorter. It’s here for inspiration.
Time: 5 hrs 30mins (including plenty of coffee break stops, taking pics and enjoying in the scenery)
Parking: During lockdown, walk from your home to Woodfield Way.
If you’re reading this and we’re not in lockdown or other restrictions, park close to Woodfield Way, Balby, Doncaster. Please be respectful of residents.
Who’s it for: Keen walkers and ramblers looking for somewhere new. Families with older children. People who can grasp a little map reading or use a map on their phone. Due to the distance and uneven terrain at times, this is not suitable for younger children or buggies.
Map: For anyone wanting the gpx or more details on the route, please get in touch.
1) Make your way onto the disused railway from Woodfield Way, Balby, Doncaster and follow it ‘up’ northwards across the A60 (Tickhill Road) and into Alverley. Once you’re at the end of the disused railway, follow the road to the left (Aldcliffe Crescent) until you see the main road (Broomhill Lane).