Walking through fields of greenand gold with Doncaster Ramblers
You may or may not be in touch with God but by God this was a cracking walk.
Starting at the picturesque village of Firbeck, 11 rambling disciples headed north on what could have been a homage to the Cistercian monks of Roche Abbey.
Through fields of nature’s plenty we went, (well oil seed rape mainly) and on through the green valley where the Abbey loomed large.
The perfect spot to stop and eat.
Moving on passed the ruins and crossing Maltby Beck we climbed the 200ft steadily through Kings Wood, fields, meadow, and more oil seed to reach Laughton en le Morthern. This being a seven-mile trek it was thought appropriate for another break so having located the Kirk Croft Road (foot path) east, we encamped at a clearing for ten minutes. Weary travellers though we were, our spirits still intact we set off for the final couple of miles through acres and acres of pea, or is it bean
fields? Whatever God or nature provides, farmers spay and harvest for our freezers.
Today though the weather was kind and nobody froze.
Once more we thank the band of brothers who turn up, when they can, to join and support our Rambler walks. Don’t forget all are welcome, you won’t have a better time.
Places of interest
An oval field in the village marks what was once the private racecourse of 18th century racehorse owner Anthony St Leger, who originated the St Leger Stakes.
A local airfield was requisitioned by the Air Ministry in 1940 becoming RAF Firbeck and a base for No. 613 Squadron RAF, following their move from Netherthorpe Airfield and used as a training base.
The abbey was founded in 1147. From the start, the Abbey was built for the so-called White Monks, as the Cistercians were known, who had an almost otherworldly air. At its height it supported a community of around 175 men, of whom about 60 were choir monks, the remainder being lay brothers, a Cistercian innovation.
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Remember while out, observe social distancing, carry a mask, hand sanitiser, and gloves. Obey the Countryside Code and give way to other walkers.
Doncaster Ramblers have had a programme of Tuesday and Saturday walks, mostly between eight and eleven miles in length, for about 30 years.
The location of these walks varies from walks local in the Doncaster area like Tickhill, Sykehouse or Askern, to walks in the Derbyshire Peak District, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire.