As this is the first post in the series of walks I hope to do, I thought I'd cover a route that I have wanted to do for some time. Even though it's not really the sort of route I wish to do in the series, I think it came out well. See the video above to see a visual of the route, and at the bottom of this post, you can find a route map if you want to take on this route by yourself.
We begin our walk at Conisbrough station. The station opened in 1849, originally constructed 140 metres down the line to the South and was oerated by the South Yorkshire Railway. The line closed in 1884 and in the same year, the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire railway rebuilt the station in it's present position on their Sheffield Victoria to Doncaster route. The route closed in the Beeching cuts.
We then leave the station to the South, using the bridge as we have arrived on the Doncaster bound platform. Looking down Doncaster Road to the left when we reach it, gives a great view of Conisbrough castle. It was built in the 11th Century by William de Warenne. Now ruined, it is open to the public with a visitor centre, well worth a visit if you have time.
We now take a right down Doncaster Road, away from the castle.
After about a mile of walking down Doncaster Road. The road splits and we take a right down towards the Denaby Main Level Crossing. This is one of the busiest rail lines in South Yorkshire, so you can expect to wait here on occasion for up to five minutes. After passing the level crossing, we make a left onto a public footpath that will take us under the flyover, and then through a hilariously small tunnel under the railway lines.
This path brings us out near a pond and a road. We take a right up the hill towards the quaint village of Old Denaby. After following Denaby Lane for about half a mile, we make a right onto Ferry Boat Lane. Continue down this road, which leads to a fishing lake. At the lake, make a right onto the path over the railway line. Looking left when on the bridge gives a great view of Mexborough Station, our final target.
After this bridge, take the next bridge over the River Don, then make a left at the end. Then, bear right of the bridge over the canal, and onto the path that follows the canal. This section of path gets very muddy in wet weather, so it's best to do this route in dry weather as not to get too much mud on your clothing.
After a further half a mile, we climb the stairs, and make a left onto Station Road. As the name suggests, this leads us directly down to the station.
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