Grass Routes

Grass Routes is our Members magazine and gives details of our walking programme for the following few months. It is produced twice a year and can be received electronically or as a hard copy.

This is the current edition of Grass Routes

Dear Member,


Hopefully, the programme of walks and outings detailed in thenewsletter will tempt you to put your boots on and get some exercise in the spring and summer sunshine!! 

Looking forward to your continued support.


AGM – Don’t forget!! Wednesday 18th April 2018. Details inside



A circular walk around Wharncliffe Crags and Chase. 

Distance approximately 7 miles, moderate walking.

Meet at Penistone Town Hall Car Park at 10.00 a.m. or Finkle Street Car park next to the Trans Pennine Trail at 10.15 a.m.

Bring a packed lunch.

Leader   Phil Beard                                                                 Tel. 01226 764731  

SATURDAY, 5th MAY 2018

A flat walk through fields and woods in the old estate grounds of Walton Hall with optional walk around Anglers Country Park Lake.

Distance 5 miles plus optional 2 miles around the Lake, easy walking.

Meet at Penistone Town Hall Car Park at 9.15 a.m. or Anglers Country Park Car Park, Haw Park Lane, Wintersett, Wakefield, WF4 2EB (Grid Ref 4375 4154) at 10.00 a.m.

Bring a packed lunch.

Leader   Pat Firth                                                                    Tel. 01226 730635



A circular walk in the Saddleworth area.

Distance approximately 7 – 8 miles, moderate walking.

From Holmfirth take the A635 towards Manchester. Approximately 8 miles from Holmfirth is the road leading to Dovestone Reservoir Car Park. You cannot turn left on to Bank Lane and car park but continue down the hill, around the roundabout, back up the hill and turn right into the car park which is a pay and display - £1.50.

Meet at Penistone Town Hall Car Park at 9.15 a.m. or Dovestone Reservoir at 10.15 a.m.

Bring a packed lunch

Leader   Phil Beard                                                                 Tel. 01226 764731



A circular walk from Netherton (Wakefield). 

Distance approximately 8 miles, moderate walking. 

Park on road outside Netherton Village Hall, parking is limited so please double up in cars if possible. The village hall is signposted off the B6117 Midgeley to Horbury Road. Post code for Sat Nav is WF4 4LR.

Meet at Penistone Town Hall Car Park at 9.30 a.m. or Netherton Village Hall, Coxley View at 10.00 a.m.

Bring a packed lunch.

Leaders   Kath & Charles Coupe                                            Tel. 01226 3704.  Mob.07974 530072


A circular walk around Penistone, approximately 7 miles, easy walking but a few stiles.

Meet at Penistone Town Hall Car Park at 9.30 a.m.

Bring a packed lunch.

Leader    Lynn Doolan                                                            Tel.01226 824902 



An interesting walk around Broomhead Moor to Wigtwizzle then through the grounds of Broomhead Hall. The walk is mainly on good tracks with a short section on rough moorland.

Distance 6 miles.

Meet at  Penistone Town Hall Car Park at  9.30 a.m. or 10.00 a.m. on the roadside opposite Broomhead Hall, Grid Ref SK 242 962. Follow Mortimer Road past the Mustard Pot towards Bradfield – just after the steep hair pin bend the road levels out, parking is on the right. If coming from Bolsterstone head towards Bradfield. Turn right at the T junction at Wigtwizzle , parking is a few hundred yards on the left.

Bring a packed lunch.

Leaders    Brenda & Bill Phillips                                           Tel. 0114 288 2028       Mob.07425 159823



Unfortunately, we have been unable to organise the evening walks followed by pie and pea supper this summer. If anyone would like to take up the challenge and feel they can organise an evening walk, please let Marilyn or any member of the committee know and although details won’t be published in the summer edition of Grass Routes, we will make sure that word gets round to all members. Thank You.



The mid-week walks will continue on the third Wednesday of each month throughout the Spring/Summer Programme.

Meet at Penistone Town Hall Car Park at 10.00 a.m. with a packed lunch.

Contact Kath Coupe for information on 01226 370449.



SATURDAY, 30th JUNE 2018                                             CUTTHROAT BRIDGE

A 10-11 mile walk from Cutthroat Bridge via Derwent Edge, Back Tor and Dovestone Clough. Some climbs throughout, mostly on good tracks, and mostly level walking after lunch.

Start Point: Large lay-by at Cutthroat Bridge on the A57. Turn right at the end of the Strines Road and the lay-by is 500 metres on the left hand side (GR 215 875, Dark Peak Map).

Meet at 9.30 a.m.

Bring a packed lunch.

Leader             Tony Steel (and Tia)                                       Tel 01226 791829

SATURDAY, 28th JULY 2018                                             HOPE CIRCULAR


A 10 -11 mile walk from Hope taking in Castleton and eventually the whole of the Mam Tor ridge before descending back into Hope. Generally good moorland paths throughout.

Start Point: Meet at the school in Hope. Take the Edale road from Hope (signposted), the school is approx. 200 metres on the left after turning from the main road in Hope. There is plenty of parking on the road next to the school.

Meet at 9.30 a.m.

Bring a packed lunch.

Leader             Phil Beard                                                       Tel 01226 764731


SATURDAY, 25th AUGUST 2018                                       GLOSSOP

A moorland walk with some rough terrain to Yellowslacks and Higher Shelf Stones., distance approx. 9 miles. There is a chance to visit some plane crash sites.

Start Point: Glossop Parish Church, Church Street, Glossop (GR 041 947) or for your Sat Nav, postcode SK13 7SB.  Just past the Parish Church is a public car park, opposite the Wheat Sheaf pub. 

Meet at 9.30 a.m.

Bring a packed lunch.

Leaders            Brenda & Bill Phillips                                     Tel 0114 288 2028



The A.G.M. will be held on Wednesday, 18th April 2018 at 7.30 p.m. in the Upper Hall, St. John’s Community Centre, Penistone.


All positions on the Committee are open for re-election. All nominations to be directed to the Chairman, Secretary or any Member of the

Refreshments will be available on the night. Please try and come along to support the Society and bring along anyone who may be interested.


SATURDAY, 12th MAY 2018


Walkers: Ilkley circular walk, along country lanes, farm tracks and through woodland – hopefully the bluebells will still be in
bloom. Distance 6.5 miles. Alternatively there is a 2.5 mile riverside garden walk

Non-walkers: Skipton & Ilkley

Leader  Lynn Doolan                                                              Tel 01226 824902

SATURDAY, 16th JUNE 2018


Walkers: Stamford Bridge circular, easy walking partly along the riverside.

Distance approximately 7 miles

Non-walkers:  York               

Leader   Phil Beard                                                                   Tel 01226 764731


SATURDAY, 21st JULY 2018


Walkers: Kenilworth Castle – Warwick Castle – Royal Pump Rooms at Royal Leamington Spa.

Easy paced walk across farmland and pasture with some additional urban walking. There are a number of stiles to negotiate and fields
may contain livestock. Distance 8 miles.

Non-walkers:  Royal Leamington Spa and Stratford upon Avon.

Leader   Margaret Davies                                                       Tel 0114 246 5016

Please note– As we are travelling further afield than normal, extra time will be given in Leamington so everyone can enjoy a meal before setting back. We will, therefore, leave Leamington at 6 p.m.



Walkers: Circular walk starting at Barnetby Le Wold, Lincolnshire. A leisurely walk with views over the Lincolnshire Wolds, 400 ft of ascent but only 2 stiles.

Alternative short walk – 4.5 miles starting in Cleethorpes by the Discovery Centre and past the Humberston Fitties, where else !!

Non-walkers:  Cleethorpes

Leader  Malcolm Humberstone                                              Tel 01226 761555                  




Christmas shopping trip to Lincoln.




The venue for the walking weekend holiday in 2018 is Darlington staying at: The Blackwell Grange Hotel, Blackwell Grange, Grange Road, Darlington, DL3 8QH

Tel. 01325 509955 (bed, breakfast and evening meal).

The dates for the weekend holiday are Friday 20th April to Monday 23rd April 2018.

The total cost of the holiday is £185. (The balance of £155 was due mid-February).

Please note, if you are feeling energetic, there is a small heated swimming pool, sauna and gym for guests so don’t forget to bring your ‘P.E. kit’ - no excuses!

Any queries about the holiday, please contact Marilyn (Tel 01226 288410).

We shall leave Penistone Church on Friday 20th April at 9.00 a.m. prompt for Darlington. We shall leave Darlington for the return journey home directly after breakfast on Monday 23rd April arriving back at Penistone approximately teatime/early evening.

Your meals for the weekend include:

3 breakfasts, 3 evening meals and packed lunch for Saturday and Sunday.

Remember to bring your flask. Tea and coffee making facilities in the bedrooms.

You will receive further details for the weekend on the coach.

Any queries, please contact Marilyn (Tel. 01226 288410).

It would be helpful if you could label your suitcase with your name and the drop off point for the return journey to assist the coach driver when loading up the coach. Thank You.


It is now possible for members to receive Grass Routes electronically which saves on the cost of paper and printing and helps with distribution. If you have not done so, could you give or send your email address to Rachel Steel ( who has kindly set this method up, or to Marilyn or membership secretary Kath. 

Rachel will still print the magazine for those members wanting a paper copy. Thank You.



We have had another enjoyable year with a good walking programme and weekend away plus social events. Regrettably, Kath and I were not able to be with you for the Bridlington weekend but I am assured it was enjoyable.

This year has seen the passing of two of our members, Margaret Rodgers and Margaret Barnes (a previous member from Penistone). Others have suffered with health problems but I am able to report that June and Phil Smith and Brenda Phillips are now back in harness and Nancy Clark and Chris Travis continue to make progress.

Your committee has, as usual, continued to meet but with a change of venue. We now meet at Cubley Hall which lessens the chore a bit as we now have a drink!!

Your society cannot function without volunteers who put in a lot of time and effort on your behalf. Finding walk leaders is becoming more
difficult. We are covered for 2018 but some members are doing more than one walk so for 2019 would anyone like to step forward?

I would like to say a big Thank You to our secretary - Phil Beard, Margaret Davies – Treasurer, Marilyn Kinvig who covers outings and Grass Routes and the difficult job of organising the weekend away, Kath Coupe, who cheerfully extorts money for membership subscriptions, Rachel Steel who prints off and distributes Grass Routes either on line or by hard copy.

Should anyone wish to be involved in joining the committee, we have a vacancy and, on a more personal note, I have been saying ‘we need a new Chairman’ - ANY VOLUNTEERS?

Thank you for joining our activities for the past year.

Charles Coupe

Chairman, Penistone & District Society.


Recently, whilst looking through society paperwork, I found my list of weekends away. My first one was in 1990 where we spent 2 nights at The Lakeside Hotel, Keswick for the princely sum of £52. For me it was a quick dash home from work, calling en route for fish and chips, then a quick change grabbing my gear and up into Penistone for the coach which left at 6.30 pm. There were A and B walks on the Saturday and shorter A and B walks on Sunday followed by High Tea at the hotel then onto the coach, arriving back in
Penistone early Sunday evening. This was the format visiting various destinations until 2000 and to celebrate the Millennium it was decided to have a longer weekend which was 3 nights at The Brecon Castle Hotel, Brecon for £115. We followed the same format, walks on Saturday and Sunday but made days out of the journey there and back. This proved so popular that it became the new format. There were 3 occasions when, for some reason, we reverted back to 2
nights. It was interesting to compare prices.

Phil Beard

Secretary, Penistone & District Society.

The society has enjoyed the usual twelve monthly walks, monthly mid week walks, two evening walks followed by pie and pea suppers, three longer walks during the summer months and four coach trips throughout 2017. Thanks to Tony Steel who volunteered to organise and find walk leaders for the more challenging, longer walks on the last Saturday during the summer months. They will again be included in the summer programme for 2018. Thanks also to Kath Coupe who has kindly volunteered to be the contact for information for the Wednesday walks. There is no official programme for the walks as such, the ‘Wednesday Walkers’ organise the venues for the walks on an informal basis which seems to work well.
The two ‘pie and pea’ walks proved popular but the two pubs initially chosen for the pie and pea suppers decided to close their doors, leaving Margaret with a headache trying to find new venues for the supper and therefore Phil a new route for the walks. In the nick of time, she and Phil managed to find new venues with walks around Upper Denby in June and Bolsterstone in July. Thanks to Margaret Davies and Phil Beard for their sterling work in organising these two ‘social’ walks.
The venues visited on the coach trips were Grassington and Skipton, Ilkley and Otley, Ripon and Fountains Abbey and a Christmas shopping trip to Birmingham, all of which were thoroughly enjoyed by walkers and non-walkers alike. Unfortunately, the September coach trip had to be cancelled due to insufficient numbers to make it viable. In 2018, there will be no coach trip in September as quite a few members are often away on holiday in that month but it will be replaced by one in May so hopefully there will be sufficient numbers for them all to run. 

The spring weekend holiday 2017 visited Bridlington, staying at The Monarch Hotel. We almost got entangled with the cyclists who were taking part in the Tour de Yorkshire which started on Bridlington promenade in close proximity to the hotel. This nearly proved problematic because the access to the hotel via the promenade was closed most of the day but common sense prevailed and after a slightly delayed arrival we were allowed to ‘book in and unpack’. The Saturday walks, led by Margaret and Phil, explored Bishop Burton and the market town of Beverley, the Sunday walks were inland also and visited West Ayton, alongside the Derwent River and through Rainford forest whilst the non walkers visited a cold and windy Scarborough. Many thanks to the walk leaders and all those who helped with the organisation of the weekend, I am sure appreciated by all on the holiday.
On behalf of all members, I would also like to thank all walk leaders (please keep volunteering) and those who helped to put together a varied programme of walks and coach outings throughout the year. I would also like to thank Rachel and Tony Steel for printing and helping to distribute the society’s newsletter which keeps everyone in touch with events.
Last but not least, thank you for your continued support throughout the past year and look forward to seeing you all during the coming year.
Marilyn Kinvig


If you are a regular computer user, you’ll be pleased to hear that we now have our own website and Facebook page. On our website you can find details of all walks, trips, socials – in fact everything that is in Grass Routes. We hope you like it but if you can suggest anything else that should be there, please let us know.

The Facebook page shows lots of photos taken by members on walks, perhaps you can add some of your own?

Interested? Please have a look on our pages at:

Website –

Facebook – Penistone Walkers