Doncaster Minster

“The place to be for walks in Doncaster”… Doncaster is a historic market town which was founded by the Romans in AD71. It can boast not one but two Norman castles (Conisbrough and Tickhill) and was the town where the steam trains the Flying Scotsman and the Mallard were built. Add to that the fact that the town is home to the St Leger, oldest classic horse race in the world, and you’ll surely find something among the monuments and museums to get your casual rambling tastebuds for Doncaster walks going! Below are a selection of town and country walking routes through the towns and villages which make up Doncaster.

Urban Walks

Askern Fit & Fun Trail - 2.7 miles starting at the Boating Lake and passing by Campsall Country Park.

Mini Carcroft Fit & Fun Trail - A 1.3 mile walk, past the school and the play park.

Carcroft Fit & Fun Trail - 4.4 miles along the edge of Skellow Cross Plantation Wood and past a play park.

Clay Lane Fit & Fun Trail - 1.2 miles around Clay Lane and surrounding roads in Wheatley Hills.

Denaby Fit & Fun Trail - A walk lasting 1.6 miles past the cricket ground, play park and the flower park.

Edlington Fit & Fun Trail - 2.4 mile circular walk of Edlington taking in the recreation ground and the pond.

Hexthorpe Fit & Fun Trail - A walk round Hexthorpe Park and surrounding roads, lasting 1.8 miles.

Highfields Fit & Fun Trail - 1.9 miles round Highfields taking in the Memorial Garden & Cenotaph, playing field and Highfields Lake.

Hyde Park Fit & Fun Trail - Take in Elmfield Park and Town Field on this 2.2 mile walk around Hyde Park.

Mexborough Fit & Fun Trail - Starting at the library, this round route is 1.4 miles long along the river.

Moorends Fit & Fun Trail - A walk of 2.2 miles around the roads of Moorends, skirting the recreational ground.

Rossington Fit & Fun Trail - A 2 mile triangular route, skirting a playing area, Rossington Miners Welfare and Holmes Carr Great Wood.

Stainforth Fit & Fun Trail - 1.9 mile walk from the library, past a couple of play parks.

Thorne Fit & Fun Trail - 2.3 miles skirting the play park with miniature railway, duck pond and bandstand.

Thorne Town Trail - A walk round the town of Thorne, passing seats and grassed areas, down a canal, lakes in the Park and the Delves and a picnic area in the Toll Bar Grounds.

Toll Bar Fit & Fun Trail - Walking 3 miles along Askern Road into Bentley, going round the Park and Pavilion.

Woodlands Fit & Fun Trail - Walking through the town passing school grounds and a park, 2 mile walk.


The Bandstand at Thorne

Countryside Walks

Sprotbrough and Cusworth Millennium Walk (instructions) (map) - a 4.1 circular walk which includes both villages and the surrounding fields.


Cusworth Hall, part of the Millennium Walk


Waterside Walks

Sprotbrough and the River Don - A 3.11 mile walk along the river, including Sprotbrough Lock, Sprotbrough Viaduct and the Sprotbrough Flash nature reserve.

Four Waterways – Kirk Bramwith to Fishlake - 2.5 miles along the top of flood banks along the River Dun Navigation Canal.

Four Waterways – Barnby Dun to Kirk Sandall - 0.75 miles along the River Dun Navigation Canal to the edge of Kirk Sandall.

Four Waterways – Barnby Dun to Kirk Bramwith - 1.3 miles along the River Dun Navigation Canal and River Don to Fishlake.

Four Waterways – Hatfield to Barnby Dun - 3.7 miles through Hatfield and across flat farmland to Barnby Dun.


Sprotbrough Flash Nature Reserve

Thanks to the following who published the Doncaster walks on this page:

  • Active 4 Life
  • Heritage Inspired
  • The Canal and River Trust
  • Sprotbrough and Cusworth Parish Council
  • Thorne Local History Association