2014 09 18 Wilderness T'Other Way

Not a route in reverse but a completely new route. Change of start point proved unneccesary as aggregate dumped in layby two weeks ago had been cleared but nobody was complaining about the extra miles.

Linda appeared apprehensive at the start as she had listened to gossip elsewhere about the pace of the walk. Yes, it was quick, but not too quick for Linda who was able to talk as well as walk.

Canal and riverside as far as Pugneys Country Park. An interlude for history lovers with a visit to Sandal Castle with time to look around and views over the site of the Battle of Wakefield (1460) which was won by the Lancastrians. Through the churchyard of St Helens, Sandal Magna, dating from the 11th Century and mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Unfortunately we couldn't get out at the far side as somebody (I suspect local residents) had built a concrete panel wall which was hardly in keeping with the history. Never mind.

Anglers Country Park for lunch. Cafe and toilet facilities. We are being spoiled. On to Haw Park, Newmillerdam Country Park & Seckar Wood.

Pass Woolley Edge Services before skirting West Bretton Country Park, home to a number of Henry Moore sculptures.

A relatively flat walk with plenty of woodland and water to maintain interest. Add a dollop of history and culture and a good time was had by all.

23 miles and back at the cars in time to beat the rush hour. Perfect.