|Our walk, outlined in purple|
The section of line we walked seems to have been part of the Dearne Valley Junction Railway, which itself was part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and went on to be part of the LMS post "big four" grouping. This line ran for just over 7 miles between Shafton Junction to a junction just beyond Crofton, crossing over the current east-coast mainline between Doncaster and Leeds, via Hare Park bridge. The only station on this line appears to have been Ryhill Halt, which was closed to passengers in 1951. Another old map of former railways in the area can be seen here.
I love my railway rambles, and I love rambling about railways! Time for me to shut up and let the photos do the talking.
|We start at Havercroft, where the line crossed Cow Lane|
|Cross Beachill Drive and on up the old trackbed|
|Approaching a footpath intersction, where the path from Upper Hatfield Place, Havercroft (to the right), goes to Ryecroft Avenue, Ryhill (to the left). Our railway ramble goes straight on.|
|It can be quite muddy!|
|Cross Nostell Lane. Looking back towards Havercroft|
|Small, sitting on an old sleeper that's been made into a bench|
|The path is great for an educational nature walk|
|We talked about various species of plants|
|and we talked about nesting birds and hatching eggs|
|Cross Back Lane. Looking back towards Havercroft|
The route is walker, bicycle and horse friendly. Local lads use it for motor-biking so watch out for them. I'd say the route from Havercroft Beechill Drive as far as Nostell Lane is certainly suitable for motorised mobility scooters, but beyond that some of the inclines, where the former railway bridges have been removed, are rather steep and the scooter might not make it up. It can also get extremely muddy. Small loved it though, taking delight in wading through the muddy puddles. Thankfully he had his wellies on!
Until next time. x