Silkstone Circular walk including Cannon Hall Country Park

This Barnsley walk starts in Silkstone and includes an old waggonway, the Cannon Hall country park and sections of the Barnsley Boundary Walk and the Penistone Boundary Walk.

Technical sheet
No. 293246
A Silkstone walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 18/02/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h20[?]
Distance Distance : 16.77km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 198m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 192m
Highest point Highest point : 199m
Lowest point Lowest point : 72m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Silkstone
Starting point Starting point : N 53.544° / W 1.56704°
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Description

(D/A) Pick up the waggonway at grid reference SE289054 at the junction of Barnsley Road and High Street then follow it past the back of the Bells Steakhouse pub and onto the Pot House Hamlet craft/café buildings. Cross the Barnsley road and continue on the waggonway over Banks Bottom Dike and along the side of the Silkstone Beck.

(1) When you get to the Royd Lane track at Furnace Bridge turn left in front of the house named Beechwood and take the farm track. Follow the track to the right at the first junction so that you come out on the A635 (grid ref. SE295081). Cross straight over and continue on to Cawthorne Lane. Turn right on the road and just after the bridge over the Cawthorne Dike take the farm track off on the left.

(2) Pick up the path going west past Cinder Hill and go left over a footbridge as you pick up the Barnsley Boundary Walk (BBW) then continue past the cricket ground and into the parkland of the Cannon Hall country park. It is well worth a wander around the gardens, walled garden and house perimeter before coming back down to the Cascade Bridge car park and picking up the BBW again

(3) The BBW goes past Jowett House and Spring House Farm - some of which can be very muddy if churned up by cattle or tractors - and then comes out on the A635 again. Follow it westwards to Coach Gate Lane then take the footbridge at the side of the ford over Daking Brook and take the track up the side of Rons Cliff Dike valley. This is a charming wooded valley that comes out onto the rolling farmland of South Yorkshire around Gadding Moor.

(4) At the top of Gadding Moor turn right on the BBW across the fields and then down to Mill Farm. Take the road out to Gunthwaite Bridge over the Rons Cliff Dike then leave the BBW and follow the Penistone Boundary Walk (PBW) along New Lane. The PBW goes off on the left across fields to Gadding Moor Road then crosses over to follow Cross Lane and Haigh Lane to Cooper Lane.

(5) Before Glen Cottage it takes off up a track then across fields to Within Moor Lane. Follow this to the south then, leaving the PBW, take the first footpath on the left that crosses Whin Moor before picking up the path that goes at or amongst the trees between Noblethorpe Park and north-west Silkstone. The path comes out either on Manor Park or High Street, depending on where you parked(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 112m - Start
1 : km 2.71 - alt. 78m - Turn left
2 : km 4.29 - alt. 73m - Take the farm track off on the left
3 : km 7.6 - alt. 96m - Pick up the Barnsley Boundary Walk again
4 : km 10.42 - alt. 175m - Turn right
5 : km 14.06 - alt. 149m - Glen Cottage, turn left
D/A : km 16.76 - alt. 112m - Finish

Useful Information

The walk starts in Silkstone where there is plenty of on-road parking. The highlights are the old waggonway from the centre of Slkstone (see www.visitpenistone.co.uk/walks/silkstone_waggonway.pdf) - which still has some of the old stone sleepers, a renovated wagon and reconstructed rails - and the Cannon Hall country park (see www.cannon-hall.com) - which has a museum, walled garden, parkland and gardens. Cannon Hall is also an ideal place for refreshments half way around the walk.

Part of the route is on the Barnsley Boundary Walk and the Penistone Boundary Walk.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.22/5
Number of opinions : 6
Description quality : 3.5/5
Routemap quality : 4.33/5
Walk interest : 4.83/5


Walker
on Mon 03 Aug 2020 09:42:16 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 02/08/20
Description quality : Very disappointing
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

The written description for the walk is of very little use - without the map you would never complete the walk! The walk itself is lovely


Walker
on Fri 24 Jul 2020 12:08:00 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 23/07/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Very good

Got quite lost on this walk ended up doing 13 miles and quite a bit of road walking which im sure we shouldnt have. A bit more detail would have helped. Things like pick up the BBW or leave the BBW and followed the PBW would be fine if they were better sign posted. I think you definitely need to take an OS map and a compass.
Having said that really enjoyed it lots of variety and beautiful views and a lovely stop off half way at Cannon Hall


Walker
on Mon 22 Jun 2020 09:09:51 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 20/06/20
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk. Lovely area. Very nice variety. I just like more detail in my description as I'm not great at reading maps. We worked it out but had several moments of confusion. Anyway we wouldn't have done the walk without finding it online and we really enjoyed it...so THANK YOU!


Walker
on Mon 24 Jun 2019 08:58:49 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 23/06/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Absolutely excellent walk, i live in Wakefield and forget how stunning Yorkshire country side is. would make a suggestion about using left or right rather than West or East.
We got royaly lost ,taking 18 miles in the end, going around Naylors clay refactory, we have since looked and cannot see how to pick up with moor lane ,especially if you go left at Glen cottage, you are already behind Naylors.
We thought to stay right of Glen cottage would it , but hayoh ,great walk


Walker
on Sun 18 Feb 2018 11:11:17 CET

Many thanks for your feedback. If you have any suggestions on how we could rephrase the text for the last part of the walk to make it clearer for future walkers, it would be most welcome?


Walker
on Sat 17 Feb 2018 09:26:22 CET

We got a bit confused towards the end, but finished in the village so it was ok but a bit more detail in the last section might be helpful.


Walker
on Sat 17 Feb 2018 09:21:11 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 11/02/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Nice walk but very muddy the day we went and the hale on the day didn’t help. Mainly flat and easy to follow paths. With Cannon Hall being about half way it’s an ideal place to stop for refreshments. Looking forward to doing this again when the ground is firmer.


Walker
on Mon 08 Jan 2018 14:33:22 CET

Thanks for your feedback on this walk. If you would like to suggest any improvements to the walk description, we would be happy to make those changes. You are also very welcome to post any photos of the walk if you have any.
Sarita
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Walker
on Tue 21 Nov 2017 17:54:43 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 21/11/17
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Silkstone circular walk. Good interesting walk, most paths fine. We took a couple of wrong turns but soon corrected. One or two more details in the instructions might have helped.

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