Have you ever wanted to walk a long stretch of beautiful and historic river? Well the Don Valley way is an excellent way to do this. The route runs from St Mary’s Bridge in Doncaster, to Wardsend Cemetery in Sheffield. Along the route there are lots of interpretation panels so you can learn the history of the area that you are in, and you can download the Don Valley Way app from the App store and Google Play. There are also 9 small circular walks along the route if you don’t want to tackle the whole thing. It is a great walk to do on a warm summer day. Click here for the Don Valley Way Website. There is a new Don Valley Way leaflet coming soon.
The Don Valley Way is 29 miles long and includes sites such as Conisbourgh Castle, built in the 11th century after the Norman conquest on England in 1066 by William de Warrenne.
You can also see Wardsend Cemetery, a Victorian burial ground in Sheffield that was opened in 1857 and officially closed in 1988 – it is the resting place of 30,000 Sheffield residents.
You will pass under the fantastic architecture of the Conisbourgh Viaduct, which is 1,521 feet in length and has 21 large arches. It was used to create a railway connection between Hull and Barnsley and is made up of around 15 million bricks.
There are also some murals on the route painted by young people, one is at Holmes Lock and the other is under a bridge near the Doncaster end of the walk.
There are also several fish passes on the weirs to try and improve fish migration and encourage the return of the Salmon to the River Don.
Friends of the Don Valley Way
The Friends of the Don Valley Way are a volunteer led organisation set up from the Living Heritage of the River Don Project (click here for more details). They work on sites across the Don Catchment in Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster but mainly work along the Don Valley Way. They try to run at least 3 volunteer days a month on a wide range of sites in their area. Could you help out? Click here to see Friends of the Don Valley Way volunteer days highlighted in yellow.