Category Useless Stiles

Useless Stile no. 3 – Stainborough, Barnsley

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We have noticed more and more useless stiles on our walks around Yorkshire and beyond and we just have one question. Why?!

As it turns out, someone, somewhere in Stainborough must know the answer… So far, from our investigations it appears to be the useless stiles capital of at least Yorkshire, if not the world!

In its second entry to this category, whoever owns this field has left it wide open to blatant disregard for the stile. There is no fence, or gate, and a lesser person would be tempted to walk right round rather than climbing over.

You, too, can climb this useless stile on the Stainbor...

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Useless Stile no. 2 – Stainborough, Barnsley

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Our continuing mission to seek out useless stiles continues. We have noticed more and more on our walks around Yorkshire and beyond and we just have one question. Why?!

In this fine example of a useless stile, there is no connecting fence whatsoever. In fact, the stile only took up half the path so even if there was a fence it wouldn’t join up to the stile!

From the picture, my glamorous assistant is showing how it is easy to see that one can simply walk straight round. Of course, in true Casual Ramblers style (stile?!), if it’s there you have to climb over it!

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Useless Stile no. 1 – Laughton en le Morthen, Rotherham

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This is the first in our series of truly useless stiles. We have noticed more and more on our walks around Yorkshire and beyond and we just have one question. Why?!

I think you’ll agree that this is an example of a classic useless stile.

A wide open field, with no gate or any other sort of impedement to walking straight through the gate. What made it even better was the clump of nettles growing at both sides of the stile making it almost impossible not to get stung even if you actually had to climb over it!

You, too, can climb this useless stile (don’t blame us if you get stung) on the Spire w...

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Useless Stiles

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On our rambles around Yorkshire and beyond, we’ve found one thing that makes absolutely no sense. It delights and baffles at the same time. It’s the phenomenon of useless stiles (and we don’t mean Harry, although he is sporting a rather delightful woolly hat in true Casual Ramblers style).

A stile where there is absolutely no need for it – there is no fence; there is a massive gate which is wide open; there is nothing on the other side.

This section of silliness is designed to honour these walking wonders...

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