Doncaster Ramblers take on tour of the town

I’m not a native Doncastrian, not even an adopted one, even though I’ve walked hundreds of miles of local footpaths from Fishlake to Finningley and Tickhill to Toll Bar.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 10:49 am

What I’ve not done is visited Doncaster town centre. So today I put that right, and what an adventure it was.

At just under four miles and with most streets deserted I was able to take in the buildings and shop fronts in complete leisure.

I began on Roman Road and took a gentle stroll around Elmfield Park, although there was a lot of construction work going on, before heading south towards Carr House Road (A18).

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A sharp right took me along Chequer Road for 640m passing two churches and Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery before reaching Waterdale.

Turning left on Waterdale I found the council building and next door Cast theatre with the Central Library opposite.

Shortly before reaching the end of Waterdale I made a right turn into College Road but not before admiring the dome of the nearby Sikh temple.

Mansion House

Another right into Cleveland Street then at the roundabout left into Printing Office Street to view the facade of the Priory Methodist Church.

Retracing a couple of steps I headed into Priory Place towards High Street turning right at the Tourist Information Centre to face the magnificent Mansion House.

Retreating north west along High Street towards Frenchgate I made my way right on Baxtergate then left onto Saint George Gate.

Crossing the busy Church Way (A630) ahead of me Doncaster Minster.

After a walk around the minster I made my way back along Market Place with its handful of stalls before swinging left then right onto Sunny Bar and further to NetherHall Road.

At the corner of Broxholme Lane another church came into view as I turned right heading down towards Thorne Road.

On Thorne Road I made a further right turn to walk along side Doncaster Christ Church Churchyard.

Finally at Hall Gate I turned left to reach South Parade with its war memorial then onwards back to Roman Road.

Thoroughly enjoyable that, shame everything was closed.

*Doncaster Ramblers local walks now available online.

For more details visit the website https://www.doncasterramblers.org.uk/walks/map-of-walking-routes.html and click on walk name for map or gps icon to download file.

Follow the group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/doncasterramblers/ for route description.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Please take care when walking and follow the Countryside Code.

Follow government guidelines, you can walk outdoors once a day as part of your daily exercise – by yourself, with members of your household or support bubble, or with one other person. Only walk locally. You can also visit the Things To Do section on the DFP website.​​​​​​​

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