Sprotbrough Millennium Walk
1: The walk begins at the Goldsmith centre. From here, cross the road, turn left and walk towards the old railway bridge. Look for this waymarked stone on your right.
2: Go down the steps and turn right onto Linear Park, a former railway line and now part of the Trans Pennine Trail.
3: Carry on along Linear Park to the next waymark stone. Turn left here and pass Newlands Park Playing Field on your right. Look out for Gamekeeper’s Cottage – once part of the Cusworth estate – and Lower Fishpond. The pond used to be stocked with trout for the Hall. Pass Middle Pond on your right to ﬁnd the next waymark stone on your left.
4: Carry on beside Upper Pond, a popular spot for local anglers.
5: On a clear day you will be rewarded with views to Lincolnshire. After exploring the country park, rejoin the walk at the bottom of the hill, in the right-hand corner of the park.
6: Continue right at the bottom of the hill. Long Plantation is on your left. It once stretched as far as the ponds – sadly it is much smaller now. Walk diagonally across the ﬁeld under the motorway; notice the land begin to rise. At this point you are climbing the limestone escarpment hat stands above coal measures to the west.
7: Looking east you can see another view of Cusworth Hall and the panorama of Doncaster. Then cross the ﬁeld until you come to Melton Road.
8: Turn right, cross the road and turn left just before the Ivanhoe public house. Skirt the cricket pitch to reach the stile. Turn left onto Thorpe Lane towards 800 years old St Mary’s Church, containing a wealth of interest for historians.
9: Turn left at St Mary’s church along Park Drive. The area used to be the gardens of Sprotbrough Hall. Keep right at the fork in the road.
10: At the kissing gate follow the footpath to Brompton Road; cross and continue along the path. You’re now standing on old parkland; once part of Sprotbrough Hall’s grounds.
11: Follow the waymarked path to the footbridge across the A1(M). At the other side enjoy excellent views over the Don Valley. Carry on past the woodland and through the ﬁeld, passing houses to your left. Follow the edge of the ﬁeld towards the Linear park, passing a reclaimed former landﬁll site on your left.
12: Turn left onto Linear Park. A short walk brings you back to the start point near the old railway bridge at Sprotbrough Road and the end of the millennium walk.
TIME: 2 HOURS
DISTANCE: 4.1 MILES
HOW TO GET THERE: Cusworth Hall and Country Park – take A638 new StGeorge’s Bridge Road; carry on for about one mile; turn left immediately before A635 along Cusworth Lane. Signposted Cusworth Hall and Country Park; carry on for nearly a mile, pass Hall gates, turn left into car park.
WHERE TO MEET: Goldsmith Centre – take A638 over new St George’s Bridge Road; turn left, signposted Sprotbrough; after about amile look out for the Goldsmith centre on your left.