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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

This trail is a circuit around Worsbrough Reservoir. It follows old coal tramways and a mill stream and so is most level apart from a couple of short gradients (check the gradient tags). The country park also features a working water mill museum. The car park is off the A61 south of Barnsley and North of junction 36 of the M1 at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference SE351033.

Surveyed by: . Fieldfare, November 2008 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 3.0 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No
The entrance to the car park is from the A61 a little over two miles north of junction 36 on the MI.

CarPark The entrance to the car park is from the A61 a little over two miles north of junction 36 on the MI.

The Mill Museum is not open every day

Information The Mill Museum is not open every day

There are two pedestrian access points to the country park. One is close to the pay & display ticket machine and is level to the mill museum.

CarPark There are two pedestrian access points to the country park. One is close to the pay & display ticket machine and is level to the mill museum.

Parking is free for disabled badge holders but others must pay.

Information Parking is free for disabled badge holders but others must pay.

The level route into the country park starts by the pay and display ticket machine.

Start The level route into the country park starts by the pay and display ticket machine.

The tarmac path follows the old tramway on which horses used to haul tubs carrying  coal to the end of the Dove and Dearne Canal on the other side of the A61.

Path The tarmac path follows the old tramway on which horses used to haul tubs carrying coal to the end of the Dove and Dearne Canal on the other side of the A61.

There is a speed bump along this route.

Obstacle There is a speed bump along this route.

The alternative entrance is from the top of the car park by a path that is just wide enough for two people to walk side by side.

Width The alternative entrance is from the top of the car park by a path that is just wide enough for two people to walk side by side.

The ramp on this path has a gradient of 17% (1:6) for about 10 metres. With leaves on the surface this may be slippery.

Gradient The ramp on this path has a gradient of 17% (1:6) for about 10 metres. With leaves on the surface this may be slippery.

Both routes from the car park lead to the junction where to the left the tramway continues along the side of the mill stream. To the right is the access to the mill museum and the information centre.

Direction Both routes from the car park lead to the junction where to the left the tramway continues along the side of the mill stream. To the right is the access to the mill museum and the information centre.

Approaching the mill the path has a gradient of about 10% (1:10). The path to the left leads to the dam and the walk around the reservoir.

Gradient Approaching the mill the path has a gradient of about 10% (1:10). The path to the left leads to the dam and the walk around the reservoir.

The tarmac slope to the mill yard where information boards can be found has a gradient of about 15% (1:7) for 10m.

Gradient The tarmac slope to the mill yard where information boards can be found has a gradient of about 15% (1:7) for 10m.

The mill yard has stone setts which are uneven in places and can be slippery when wet.

Surface The mill yard has stone setts which are uneven in places and can be slippery when wet.

The map shows paths and features of interest around the country park.

Information The map shows paths and features of interest around the country park.

There is also information about the history and wildlife of the area.

Information There is also information about the history and wildlife of the area.

The tramway surface is even and well compacted though in autumn when this picture was taken there may be a lot of leaves on the path.

Surface The tramway surface is even and well compacted though in autumn when this picture was taken there may be a lot of leaves on the path.

The tramway path joins the path from the millyard near where the bridge crosses the mill pond.

Path The tramway path joins the path from the millyard near where the bridge crosses the mill pond.

Continuing on the path from the Mill Yard the trail joins the tramway near where the path crosses the bridge over  the  mill pond.

Direction Continuing on the path from the Mill Yard the trail joins the tramway near where the path crosses the bridge over the mill pond.

The slopes on and off the arched bridge over the mill pond have gradients of about 19% (1:5) for approximately 3m but there are also little steps in the concrete that might impede some people's progress.

Gradient The slopes on and off the arched bridge over the mill pond have gradients of about 19% (1:5) for approximately 3m but there are also little steps in the concrete that might impede some people's progress.

The path continues round the mill pond past the steps down into the upper level of the mill museum.

Path The path continues round the mill pond past the steps down into the upper level of the mill museum.

The slopes on and off the arched bridge over the mill pond have gradients of about 19% (1:5) for approximately 3m but there are also little steps in the concrete that might be difficult for some people.

Gradient The slopes on and off the arched bridge over the mill pond have gradients of about 19% (1:5) for approximately 3m but there are also little steps in the concrete that might be difficult for some people.

At the end of the mill pond wall there is a flight of steps to the lower level of the mill museum. There is a single step where the path turns left to continue around the mill pond.

Step At the end of the mill pond wall there is a flight of steps to the lower level of the mill museum. There is a single step where the path turns left to continue around the mill pond.

Turning right from the mill yard there is a seat over looking the wall surrounding the mill pond.

Seat Turning right from the mill yard there is a seat over looking the wall surrounding the mill pond.

The open side of the mill pond has several seats.

Seat The open side of the mill pond has several seats.

The open side of the mill pond has several seats.

Seat The open side of the mill pond has several seats.

By the bridge over the mill pond there is a flight of steps and a ramp leading to the path along the  top of  the dam.

Direction By the bridge over the mill pond there is a flight of steps and a ramp leading to the path along the top of the dam.

The ramp to the path along the dam path has a gradient of about 12% (1:8) for about 30m.

Gradient The ramp to the path along the dam path has a gradient of about 12% (1:8) for about 30m.

The top of the ramp reaches the dam path which is level.

Gradient The top of the ramp reaches the dam path which is level.

The dam path is of tarmac and leads to the stone path that runs along the south side of the reservoir.

Surface The dam path is of tarmac and leads to the stone path that runs along the south side of the reservoir.

In the corner of the dam wall there is a ramp down to the fishing platform. The ramp has a gradient of about 24% (1:4) for approximately 6m.

Gradient In the corner of the dam wall there is a ramp down to the fishing platform. The ramp has a gradient of about 24% (1:4) for approximately 6m.

The stone path along the side of the reservoir is about 1m wide and not quite wide enough for two people to walk together side by side.

Width The stone path along the side of the reservoir is about 1m wide and not quite wide enough for two people to walk together side by side.

There are occasional puddles in the path after wet weather.

Surface There are occasional puddles in the path after wet weather.

From this path there are always good views across the reservoir to the countryside and Wentworth Castle on the hill beyond.

View From this path there are always good views across the reservoir to the countryside and Wentworth Castle on the hill beyond.

The path hugs the reservoir wall and narrows in places to about 800mm.

Width The path hugs the reservoir wall and narrows in places to about 800mm.

The stoney surface can be uneven in places.

Surface The stoney surface can be uneven in places.

The path has a cross gradient greater than 4% (1:25) for some distance in places.

Gradient The path has a cross gradient greater than 4% (1:25) for some distance in places.

The reed beds and open water give views of a variety of wildlife.

View The reed beds and open water give views of a variety of wildlife.

There is a seat at the end of the path along the side of the reservoir.

Seat There is a seat at the end of the path along the side of the reservoir.

A short path links the route along the side of the reservoir to the tramway.

Direction A short path links the route along the side of the reservoir to the tramway.

The tramway provides a level even path that is wide enough to allow two people to walk side by side but there are no direct views over the reservoir until the path turns round the top end of the reservoir.

Direction The tramway provides a level even path that is wide enough to allow two people to walk side by side but there are no direct views over the reservoir until the path turns round the top end of the reservoir.

There a a seat about halfway along the tramway which provides a level even alternative route to the path along the edge of the reservoir. The tramway is wide enough to allow two people to walk side by side but there are no direct views over the reservoir.

Seat There a a seat about halfway along the tramway which provides a level even alternative route to the path along the edge of the reservoir. The tramway is wide enough to allow two people to walk side by side but there are no direct views over the reservoir.

There is a slight rise where the tramway joins the path from the reservoir side. The gradient is about 8.3% (1:12) for approximately 20m.

Gradient There is a slight rise where the tramway joins the path from the reservoir side. The gradient is about 8.3% (1:12) for approximately 20m.

The tramway drops gently after the junction with the reservoir path.

Gradient The tramway drops gently after the junction with the reservoir path.

There are occasional muddy patches on some parts of the path.

Surface There are occasional muddy patches on some parts of the path.

A barrier and locked gate must be passed to complete the round reservoir walk.

Barrier A barrier and locked gate must be passed to complete the round reservoir walk.

The barrier is 550mm wide at 1m above the ground.

Barrier The barrier is 550mm wide at 1m above the ground.

Turn right onto Doe Lane at the cross roads after the barrier.

Direction Turn right onto Doe Lane at the cross roads after the barrier.

The causeway through the willow carr is firm and even though occasional puddles are present after wet weather.

Surface The causeway through the willow carr is firm and even though occasional puddles are present after wet weather.

The stream into the reservoir flows through willow carr which has grown where open water once existed.

View The stream into the reservoir flows through willow carr which has grown where open water once existed.

Alder and willow now grow where open water once existed. Wildlife abounds.

View Alder and willow now grow where open water once existed. Wildlife abounds.

The causeway continues through the willow carr.

Path The causeway continues through the willow carr.

There may be overhanging branches in places.

Clearance There may be overhanging branches in places.

Take the first path turning to the right for the reservoir circuit.

Direction Take the first path turning to the right for the reservoir circuit.

The path to the right is between 1 and 1.2m wide for about half a mile.

Width The path to the right is between 1 and 1.2m wide for about half a mile.

The path remains firm and level.

Path The path remains firm and level.

There is an informal seat along this stretch.

Seat There is an informal seat along this stretch.

Views across the reed beds and reservoir are possible through the trees.

View Views across the reed beds and reservoir are possible through the trees.

There are occasional low branches along this stretch.

Clearance There are occasional low branches along this stretch.

The path runs alongside the mill stream (leat) that used to feed water past the reservoir to the water mill.

Path The path runs alongside the mill stream (leat) that used to feed water past the reservoir to the water mill.

The path is shielded from the water and the birds on it though there are always glimpses available through the trees.

View The path is shielded from the water and the birds on it though there are always glimpses available through the trees.

The fields of the open countryside are to the other side of the path.

View The fields of the open countryside are to the other side of the path.

A seat and view point are available.

Seat A seat and view point are available.

A clear view of the water is available from the seat and viewpoint.

View A clear view of the water is available from the seat and viewpoint.

In autumn leaves cover the path in places.

Surface In autumn leaves cover the path in places.

Encroaching vegetation may narrow the path in places.

Width Encroaching vegetation may narrow the path in places.

A build up of leaves can lead to a muddy and slippery surface.

Surface A build up of leaves can lead to a muddy and slippery surface.

The path remains firm and approximately 1m wide

Width The path remains firm and approximately 1m wide

There are occasional puddles after wet weather.

Surface There are occasional puddles after wet weather.

The wet nature of the willow carr area is apparent from the path.

View The wet nature of the willow carr area is apparent from the path.

 

Path

There are a few overhanging branches along this section.

Clearance There are a few overhanging branches along this section.

Puddles sometimes cover the full width of the path.

Surface Puddles sometimes cover the full width of the path.

There are good views of the surrounding countryside if you can see over the field hedges.

View There are good views of the surrounding countryside if you can see over the field hedges.

There path remains firm and even over most of its length.

Path There path remains firm and even over most of its length.

Keep right where the footpath joins.

Direction Keep right where the footpath joins.

Puddles are common after a shower.

Surface Puddles are common after a shower.

 

Path

Before the bridge the path may be wetter and muddier than earlier sections of the path.

Surface Before the bridge the path may be wetter and muddier than earlier sections of the path.

There is a seat just by the bridge.

Seat There is a seat just by the bridge.

The bridge is 750mm wide and can be slippery because of the mud brought onto it from the path.

Width The bridge is 750mm wide and can be slippery because of the mud brought onto it from the path.

Turn right after the bridge to continue round the reservoir.

Direction Turn right after the bridge to continue round the reservoir.

This section of path is firm and level.

Path This section of path is firm and level.

Puddles occur after wet weather.

Surface Puddles occur after wet weather.

This is the first of two benches on this section.

Seat This is the first of two benches on this section.

 

Path

This is the second seat on this section.

Seat This is the second seat on this section.

 

Path

There is a rise with a gradient of about 7% (1:14) for about 30m.

Gradient There is a rise with a gradient of about 7% (1:14) for about 30m.

 

Path

Views of the reservoir and the area most popular with wildfowl are available from this part of the walk.

View Views of the reservoir and the area most popular with wildfowl are available from this part of the walk.

A hide is available overlooking the best area for water birds.

Path A hide is available overlooking the best area for water birds.

The woodland makes an attractive backdrop to the reservoir, especially in autumn.

View The woodland makes an attractive backdrop to the reservoir, especially in autumn.

The hide has a step at its entrance.

Bird Hide The hide has a step at its entrance.

There is a lower window with space for a wheelchair user.

Bird Hide There is a lower window with space for a wheelchair user.

At the top of the slope after the hide there is a small step.

Obstacle At the top of the slope after the hide there is a small step.

The gradient after the hide is about 14% (1:7) for about 20m with a surface of small loose stones.

Gradient The gradient after the hide is about 14% (1:7) for about 20m with a surface of small loose stones.

Seats over looking the water are available at the bottom of the slope from the hide.

Seat Seats over looking the water are available at the bottom of the slope from the hide.

There is an open fishing platform.

Fishing There is an open fishing platform.

By the bench there is a path to the left leading to Wigfield Farm. Turn right to continue round the reservoir.

Direction By the bench there is a path to the left leading to Wigfield Farm. Turn right to continue round the reservoir.

 

Path

Puddles are present after wet weather.

Surface Puddles are present after wet weather.

There is another fishing platform  that is a level board walk over the water.

Fishing There is another fishing platform that is a level board walk over the water.

 

Path

The fishing platform is reached by a gentle sloping bridge.

Fishing The fishing platform is reached by a gentle sloping bridge.

 

Path

There may be muddy patches in some places.

Surface There may be muddy patches in some places.

 

Path

 

Path

The path narrows to about 900mm wide as it approaches the dam.

Width The path narrows to about 900mm wide as it approaches the dam.

The edge of the tarmac has formed a small step (about 50mm).

Obstacle The edge of the tarmac has formed a small step (about 50mm).

There is a seat at the end of the path across the top of the dam.

Seat There is a seat at the end of the path across the top of the dam.

Turn right to take the level path across the dam back to the mill museum.

Direction Turn right to take the level path across the dam back to the mill museum.

The path across the dam is tarmacked and starts with a width of about 1.5m but narrows to 1m where it crosses the spillways..

Width The path across the dam is tarmacked and starts with a width of about 1.5m but narrows to 1m where it crosses the spillways..

The path overlooks the new spillways for the dam which were built as a safety measure in the 1980s creating the walk across the dam at the same time.

View The path overlooks the new spillways for the dam which were built as a safety measure in the 1980s creating the walk across the dam at the same time.

Open views across the water to Wentowrth Castle are available from the dam path.

View Open views across the water to Wentowrth Castle are available from the dam path.

There is a central platform that provides and excellent viewpoint.

Fishing There is a central platform that provides and excellent viewpoint.

There is another stretch of 1m wide path beyond the central platform.

Width There is another stretch of 1m wide path beyond the central platform.

The old spillway in now obsolete.

View The old spillway in now obsolete.

The path widens before completing the route across the dam.

Width The path widens before completing the route across the dam.

Once back at the ramp to the mill pond you have completed the round reservoir walk. GO down the ramp and across the millpond to reach the car park to get to the car park.

End Once back at the ramp to the mill pond you have completed the round reservoir walk. GO down the ramp and across the millpond to reach the car park to get to the car park.

There are steps leading to the back of the mill museum.

none There are steps leading to the back of the mill museum.

The mill museum can be accessed at its upper and lower levels without having to use its internal stairs. Check with the museum staff about access.

none The mill museum can be accessed at its upper and lower levels without having to use its internal stairs. Check with the museum staff about access.

There is an alternative route back to the main car park with without crossing the dam.

none There is an alternative route back to the main car park with without crossing the dam.

The path to the settling ponds below the dam has a gradient of about 16% (1:6) for about 60m.

none The path to the settling ponds below the dam has a gradient of about 16% (1:6) for about 60m.

The new bridge by the settling ponds has a sharp rise onto it and a gradient of about 7% (1:14) for 10m.

Obstacle The new bridge by the settling ponds has a sharp rise onto it and a gradient of about 7% (1:14) for 10m.

From the bridge the stream below the dam can be seen.

View From the bridge the stream below the dam can be seen.

From the bridge the settling ponds below the dam can be seen.

View From the bridge the settling ponds below the dam can be seen.

The old bridge has a also has a rise to get onto the gradient which is about 13% (1:8) for 8m.

Gradient The old bridge has a also has a rise to get onto the gradient which is about 13% (1:8) for 8m.

The return route to the car park take you past the information and education centre.

Direction The return route to the car park take you past the information and education centre.

There are two disabled parking bays by the information centre. Check with the park about their availability.

Blue Badge parking bays There are two disabled parking bays by the information centre. Check with the park about their availability.

There is another orientation sign by the information centre.

Information There is another orientation sign by the information centre.

Check the sign at the car park or with the park a staff bout the opening times for the mill museum.

Museum & Heritage Check the sign at the car park or with the park a staff bout the opening times for the mill museum.

 

Museum & Heritage

The return slope to the car park has a gradient of about 11% (1:9) for about 30m.

Turn left at the top to  reach the car park after about 150m.

Gradient The return slope to the car park has a gradient of about 11% (1:9) for about 30m. Turn left at the top to reach the car park after about 150m.

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