Walking: Float down the canal

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Keeping the church on your right walk up the road passing on your left the row of terraced cottages, (formerly coal miners’ housing known as Tub Row, provided by the 5th Duke of Newcastle under Lyme, who also built the church in 1861.)

Cross over the canal by the road bridge then turn immediately left along the tow path. At first you pass some factory units on your right but soon the scenery becomes much more attractive. The Chesterfield canal was started in 1771 and completed in 1777 and in its heyday was used to transport mainly coal from the nearby mines but also stone, iron ore and timber.

Stone from North Anston quarry was transported along the canal to rebuild the Houses of Parliament after a fire in 1834. The canal was built by the famous engineer James Brindley.

Continue along the tow path, passing a series of beautifully kept locks, to the hamlet of Turnerwood where refreshments may be found in summer in a kiosk after the last cottage.

Pass under the brick bridge and continue along the tow path, passing more locks, to another brick bridge dated 1835.

Cross this bridge and follow the footpath in to Old Spring Woods, branching right where there are other possibilities.

As the trees thin out turn right along a track leading to a sewage plant on your left, Follow the perimeter fence of the sewage plant as it bends left up hill with a hedge bordering the footpath on the right.

Continue to a stile in the hedge then turn right along the minor road towards Thorpe Salvin and towards the junction with Common Lane.

(It is worth making a slight diversion as you approach Thorpe Salvin. Instead of turning sharp left along Common Lane continue in to Thorpe Salvin to the Parish Oven pub which can provide a comfort break and refreshments during licensing hours.

From here you can see the ruins of Thorpe Salvin Hall which was abandoned at the end of the 17th Century but is not open to the public. Retrace your steps to Common Lane and continue the walk.)

At the junction with Common Road turn sharply left and continue along Common Lane for about half a mile. The lane dips in to the tiny hamlet of Top Hall.

Continue up the other side of the dip and past the last property on the left where there is a public footpath sign.

Turn left here and walk diagonally across the field on the path aiming for the far corner. The path then bears right before an open gateway by a pill box then continues along the edge of Netherthorpe Airfield keeping close to the hedge on your left.

The airfield now belongs to Sheffield Aeroclub and can be very busy on good days especially at weekends with many light aircraft taking off and landing. The airfield was used by the RAF in World War 2 for coastal patrols and secret missions.

Follow the footpath past farm buildings emerging onto a country lane in Netherthorpe. Turn left and walk down the lane to a T junction and turn left again. After a short distance the road splits, take the right fork, Little Lane, signposted Turnerwood.

Where this road bends left, go straight on along a raised track which brings you out on the road again at Turnerwood. Cross over the canal then turn right and retrace your steps along the tow path, enjoying the vegetation and wildlife along the way.

After about half a mile and before you reach the factory units you will see some cottages on the opposite bank. Go under the bridge, then look out for a footpath sign on the opposite bank then cross the canal by the footbridge on the lock gate, just after the footpath sign, then walk back to the footpath, (now on your left.)

This footpath take you past fenced- off fishing ponds on your left then a renovated chapel on your right. At this point the path becomes a service road which rejoins the main road in Shireoaks.

The church is just off to your left and the Hewett Arms and Shireoaks Hall just off to the right and you are back where you began.

Join Dearne Valley Ramblers for a walk around the Manor Castle Parish taking in historical monuments. Created in 2013, the trail also incorporates Norfolk Park, Manor Lodge and City Road cemetery. Toilets and refreshment stops available on route, lunch stop at The Rhubard Shed Cafe. Meet Norfolk Road, off A6135, postcode S2 2SU. 10.00am. 10 miles, graded easy but with hilly sections throughout.

Chesterfield Canal Classic Walk

• An almost circular, easy, 6.5 mile walk taking in the Chesterfield Canal, picturesque Turnerwood, the lovely village of Thorpe Salvin and Netherthorpe Airfield.

• Start: Street parking by St Lukes Church, Shireoaks, S81 8LR - or for groups at the Hewett Arms (S81 8LT) by prior arrangement.

• This walk was written, produced and walked by leaders John and Audrey Wright of Dearne Valley Ramblers for more interesting walks please visit Ramblers

• Edited by Tony Swaby – Press Liaison of Dearne Valley Ramblers.