Wentworth Woodhouse and its follies

Barnsley and Rotherham may not be amongst the first places to spring to mind when planning a walk. However the area has many attractive rural locations including one of the country's finest houses, Wentworth Woodhouse, which is passed on this walk. The house featured in the TV series "The Country House Revealed" which visited stately homes not open to the public.

Technical sheet
No. 293236
A South Yorkshire walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 04/08/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h45[?]
Distance Distance : 11.76km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 167m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 165m
Highest point Highest point : 156m
Lowest point Lowest point : 52m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : South Yorkshire
Starting point Starting point : N 53.494376° / W 1.421301°
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Description

(D/A) The walk starts at the Heritage Centre at Elsecar (Grid ref. SK385999). Go down the path to the side of the Market Hotel PH for 150m before bearing left at a finger post just beyond some derelict cottages. The path climbs gently through woodland to a stile at GR SK388997. From here take the right hand of two paths as it continues to climb before levelling out. The route continues along the ridge before arriving at the first of the estate's follies known as the Needle's Eye. This rather curious pyramidal structure was built during the mid-18thC although little else is known about it.

(1) Continue along the path to arrive at a stile at Coley Lane, turning right and then immediately left into Street Lane. Just beyond the attractive hamlet of Street, go over a stile to the left and cross a field to another stile on the edge of woodland. Follow the path through the wood to reach the second folly, the triangular lighthouse-like Hoober Stand. Much more is known about this building as an inscription on the front explains the reason for its construction. Built for the first Marquis of Rockingham in 1746-8, it commemorates the defeat of the Jacobite uprising of 1745 (referred to on the inscription stone as "a most unnatural rebellion"). The building is occasionally open to the public.

From here, go right and descend along a field boundary to arrive at a stile on Street Lane. Turn left to shortly reach the B6090 at the attractive village of Hoober. Continue straight on along the road for 300m before bearing right through woodland at a finger post. At the far end of the wood, cross the stile and turn immediately right along the edge of the woodland to reach another stile. Cross over and bear left along the field boundary down to Cortworth Lane.

(3) Turn left along the lane for 700m to reach a junction with the B6089 in the village of Nether Haugh. Go right at the junction and right again at a finger post after a further 100m. The path across several fields to arrive at a stile at grid ref. SK408965. Looking back above the trees, you will see the third of the follies, the Rockingham Mausoleum. Built in 1788 for the first Earl Fitzwilliam as a memorial to the second Marquis, it's not accessible to the public although it's occasionally open at weekends via a private road from Cortworth Lane.

(4) Cross the stile and turn right on to the broad estate road to reach a cattle grid after 800m. Going straight on through a gate, you enter typical deer parkland and the next folly appears to your left. Many English country estates boast a Doric Temple and Wentworth was no exception, this one being built c1745 for the first Marquis. The road gently climbs but nothing can prepare you for what's coming next. As the road reaches the top of the rise, the breathtaking sight of the Wentworth Woodhouse mansion appears before you. Built in the second quarter of the 18thC for the first Marquis, it contains 365 rooms and over a thousand windows and its vast 185m frontage is one of the longest in Europe.

(5) The path bears right off the estate road and continues to the right of the mansion to arrive at an impressive building which visitors to the park can mistake for the house. These are in fact the stables built in 1768, which in their prime accommodated up to one hundred horses in some style. Continue along the road past some derelict buildings to arrive at the estate entrance.

(6) Turn left along the road for 300m, turning left again at a junction and then right after a further 50m where an attractive tree lined avenue leads to the 19thC Wentworth parish church. Continue past the church where the ruins of an older church can be seen on the right and turn right on to a lane next to the village school. After 50m, go straight across the main road and continue down the lane for 300m to Wentworth Sawmills. Turn right down the concrete track where a walk of little over 1.5K through woodland will take you back to the start(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Heritage Centre at Elsecar
1 : km 1.53 - alt. km 1.53 - Needle's Eye - Continue
2 : km 2.86 - alt. km 2.86 - Hoober Stand - Go right
3 : km 4.34 - alt. km 4.34 - Turn left
4 : km 6.48 - alt. km 6.48 - Turn right
5 : km 8.08 - alt. km 8.08 - Go to thr right of the mansion
6 : km 8.78 - alt. km 8.78 - Turn left
D/A : km 11.76 - alt. km 11.76

Useful Information

The towns of Barnsley and Rotherham may not be amongst the first places to spring to mind when planning a walk. However the area has many attractive rural locations including one of the country's finest houses, Wentworth Woodhouse, which is passed on this walk. The house featured in the TV series "The Country House Revealed" which visited stately homes not open to the public.

This walk is very accessible for those without their own transport. Stagecoach bus 66 operates frequently to the start point from Barnsley while Elsecar station is a short walk away from where trains run hourly to Sheffield, Barnsley and Leeds. Full travel details can be found on www.travelsouthyorkshire.com.

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 : 4.47/5
Number of opinions : 5
Description quality : 4.6/5
Routemap quality : 4.2/5
Walk interest : 4.6/5


Walker
on Mon 22 Oct 2018 10:00:02 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 20/10/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Very enjoyable walk with clear instructions. Felt like doing a bit of a treasure hunt finding all the Follies, and instructions were great as they gave info about the monuments too. Definitely worth taking your own food / drink supplies as there weren't really any pubs / cafes until right at the end of the route. Great for dog walkers as very quiet route and very few places where dogs would need to be on leads.


Walker
on Sun 09 Sep 2018 17:04:42 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 09/09/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

A lovely walk. Very clear instructions and the information about the follies and Wentworth House was a nice touch.


Moderator hiker
on Fri 07 Sep 2018 14:53:05 CEST

Thanks for your feedback. Please feel free to share your photos, and if you have any suggestions on how we can improve the wording of the description, it would be much appreciated!


Walker
on Mon 27 Aug 2018 13:51:32 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 27/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

A really excellent walk made all the more interesting with the follies and Wentworth Woodhouse, my wife and I really enjoyed it. The only issue perhaps being the walks across the fields was not made the clearest by the instructions, which could be due to operator error, but we made it and had a couple of nice picnic stops along the way and took some nice photos too.


Moderator hiker
on Mon 29 Jan 2018 19:48:18 CET

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Walker
on Mon 29 Jan 2018 11:00:36 CET

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 27/01/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Average

A pleasant undulating walk, we enjoyed the stretches of woodland but there was quite a bit of tarmac particularly through the estate and deer park. When we went there had been a lot of rain and it was particularly muddy on the first mile. We also had a problem finding the correct path shortly after the start (at GR SK388997). Not that the guide was incorrect, just had a job interpreting it correctly. We should have gone over the style following the path on the right at the edge of the field. However we went slightly more right staying within the woods to eventually rejoin at the first monument. It was actually probably better scenically but may have access problems in summer. The Elescar Heritage center has a large car park and an excellent cafe at the furthest end from the car park.


Walker
on Tue 02 Jan 2018 19:25:45 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 31/12/17
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Enjoyed this walk very much. It's a lovely winter walk with some lovely sights and great historical significance.

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