Doncaster Ramblers - Triangular walk around Conisbrough
I can’t quite remember the last time I walked this patch, and am surprised I’d not been here more often.
After all it has rolling hills, open vistas, the paths are reasonable and there is a castle.
Today’s triangular walk takes in the southern reaches of Conisbrough Park climbing to 350ft, and is five miles in total.
Starting at the junction of Sheffield Road and Kearsley Lane head down the lane for 190m then cross a foot bridge on the right.
Begin the slow climb up the hill heading for bushed in the distance eventually finding a gap, pass through and continue along a field edge with hedge on the right.
Keep an eye out for another gap and foot bridge beyond on the right.
Cross the bridge and continue the climb towards two houses on the horizon.
On the day I walked there was a gale blowing, downhill making it hard going.
Continue in the same direction crossing a stile and onwards through a field over a second stile eventually reaching a T junction of paths turn left and follow this bridleway passing some run down farm buildings to reach a crossing of paths with finger post.
Turn right. The route is now down hill however despite being a bridleway this first stretch is poorly defined (there is an alternative route marked in red) otherwise head towards the hedge ahead.
I made the mistake of going left of the hedge which turned out to be water logged but there is also a path on the right.
Eventually reaching Firsby Hall Farm, take a zigzag right left through then continue straight for 110m before heading off left uphill towards woods.
Enter the woods taking care to follow the path ahead which curves around clockwise for about half a mile exiting onto the A630 Doncaster Road.
The rural part of the walk in now over. The A630 is a fast moving road so cross with care turn right and head uphill.
After quarter of a mile at the Doncaster sign turn left onto Old Road. Stay on Old Road for 1,000m then turn right onto Daylands Avenue for 300m before turning right again on Lewes Road for 470m to reach the start.
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*Conisbrough Castle is a medieval fortification . The castle was initially built in the 11th century by William de Warenne, the Earl of Surrey, after the Norman conquest of England in 1066.