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Useless Stiles


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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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...

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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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Roche Abbey
“The place to be for walks in Rotherham”… There are loads of places to visit and things to see on a Rotherham walk…. This is a busy and sprawling borough with over 250,000 residents and something which surprises many people is the fact that over 70% of its 118 square-mile area is rural. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside, ancient woodland and picturesque small towns and villages giving lots of opportunities to explore and enjoy a casual ramble...
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Casual Ramblers – and we’re off!


Welcome to Casual Ramblers!


We’re going to be bringing together a selection of walking routes, reports and photos for people who want to get out and explore their local areas but who don’t have the time, equipment or inclination to spend a whole day in the great outdoors. Much as we admire traditional ramblers, a Casual Rambler is less likely to own a compass, more likely to own an iPhone with maps. We are less likely to drink out of a flask and more likely to find a pub or a tea room and have a cake while we’re at it.

These will be fun walks which are suitable for couples, families, an...

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Fun Walks


A fun walk is an excellent way to get out and about with your partner, friends or family to get some exercise and explore your local area. No specialist equipment or knowledge is required to become a casual rambler, just some sturdy boots, a woolly hat and the spirit of adventure!

This is the place where we will be adding links to a number of fun walks across your region, starting in South Yorkshire and expanding. This will be an ever growing, ongoing task and links will be checked regularly to make sure they still work. Click your region below to see what fun walks are available.

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A fetching stripy bobblehat

Casual Ramblers – about us

Our transformation into casual ramblers was borne out of trying to get some exercise that wasn’t too rigorous following an operation and has led into a very enjoyable hobby. By walking after work or on Saturday mornings we have been able to really appreciate our local area and we’ve found things we never knew existed and never would have unless we had gone off-road and explored the fields, woods and footpaths.

We’re not your typical ramblers – we’re more likely to have an iPad than a map and compass (although the woolly hat remains constant)...

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