Category Barnsley

A Barnsley vision



“Dry Stone Wall”

Dry Stone Wall

A proper Yorkshire field boundary

Taken on the Stainborough Walk in Barnsley

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Map and instructions here

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“Hello Deer”

Hello Deer - Wentworth Castle

A stag at Wentworth Castle’s Deer Park in Barnsley

Taken on the Stainborough Walk detour at Wentworth Castle.

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Map and instructions here and here

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Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Castle Gardens

“A Tale of Two Castles”


We found Wentworth Castle gardens on our Stainborough Walk. As we often do, we followed a rather tempting detour and found ourselves in the middle of a lovely estate with not one, but two castles! The buildings now belong to the Northern College and it must be a pretty spectacular place to study.

Disclaimer: There is a charge to enter the estate, but I think it was well worth it.

The gardens and parkland are the only Grade 1 listed landscape in South Yorkshire and are full of surprises which have been added by the various inhabitants of the estate through the years...

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Stainborough Walk


We set off on a blustery overcast day for a walk round Stainborough, expecting a longish 4.75 miles. What we didn’t expect was a massively hilly route (thankfully downhill!) and a detour round Wentworth Castle gardens getting us right up to just over 6 miles. We followed this route and it wasn’t always the easiest to follow. We, of course, made loads of little mistakes, which you’ll be able to see from the map below! Don’t worry if you do, it’s one of the rules of being a casual rambler!

I’ve put the instructions below with a few little amendments and additions to help you on your way...

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Barnsley Fun Walks

A silhouette of Monk Bretton Priory at Sunset

The Casual Rambles website has now been updated with a range of walks from Barnsley.

We’ve got anything from local parks, to marshlands and countryside walks. Apparently if you live in Silkstone Common you’re at the centre of the Barnsley walking universe – there’s loads of fun walks to be had setting off from there!

Landmarks you can see on Barnsley fun walks include: the Huskar Monument, Cannon Hall, Wentworth Castle, Stainborough Castle, the Rompticle Viaduct and the Elsecar Heritage Centre. 

Click here to explore the walks available in Barnsley.

Doncaster is next to be updated, so watch t...

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A silhouette of Monk Bretton Priory at Sunset

“The place to be for walks in Barnsley” … Barnsley is a busy market town which was mentioned in the Domesday Book (Berneslai) and takes its history very seriously. Historical landmarks for Barnsley Walks include Elsecar Heritage Centre, Monk Bretton Priory and Wentworth Castle. Now in the middle of a period of regeneration, Barnsley is a great place to visit and casual rambling opportunities are a-plenty. This is particularly true if you are somewhere near Silkstone, which appears to be the Barnsley walking capital! See below for the greatest assembly of Barnsley walking routes out there.


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