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1 The walk begins at the Goldsmith centre, Sprotbrough Road, Sprotbrough. From here, cross the road, turn left and walk towards the old railway bridge. Look for this waymarked stone on your right.

Go down the steps and turn right onto Linear Park, a former railway line in use from 1908 until the late 1960 and now part of the Trans Pennine Trail from Liverpool to Hull.

The Linear Park is managed by Doncaster Council’s Countryside Service for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders.

2 The housing estate on your left was the site of Fowler’s tank factory. Roads in the estate are named after World War II tanks.

Access to Linear Park
3 If you look left above the railway cutting, you’ll see Cusworth Hall, a Georgian mansion built for William Wrightson between 1740 and 1745. Carry on along Linear Park to the next waymark stone. Turn left here and pass Newlands Park Playing Field on your right.

4 Look out for Gamekeeper’s Cottage – once part of the Cusworth estate – and Lower Fishpond. The pond is one of three in the parkland and used to be stocked with trout for the Hall. Pass Middle Pond on your right to find the next waymark stone on your left. Carry on beside Upper Pond, a popular spot for local anglers. The ponds are currently being developed as part of major renovation project for the Hall and country park which is being funded by the National Lottery.

When the ponds are refilled, look out for coots (with a white bill) and moorhens (with a red bill) on the water.

Walkers Looking Towards Cusworth Hall

Gamekeeper’s Cottage
5 Cusworth Country Park has seating, good pathways and open space for picnics, together with free admission to the Museum of South Yorkshire Life, which is based in the Hall. The Hall is also being extensively restored at the moment so visitors have limited access, but still worth a visit. On a clear day a walk up the hill is rewarded by views across Doncaster to Lincolnshire. The power stations in the distance are situated on the River Trent at Newton. After exploring the country park, rejoin the walk at the bottom of the hill, in the right-hand corner of the park. Crocus and tulip are plentiful here in early spring.

6 Continue right at the bottom of the hill. Long Plantation is on your left. It once stretched as far as the ponds – sadly it is much smaller now. Walk diagonally across the field under the motorway; notice the land begin to rise. At this point you are climbing the limestone escarpment that stands above coal measures to the west.

7 As you pass the lone hawthorn tree situated next to the waymark stone you are 175 feet (53m) above seal level. Looking east you can see another view of Cusworth Hall and the panorama of Doncaster. Look out for impressive St George’s Church, which was designed by Sir Gillespie Scott and built in 1803. Then cross the field until you come to Melton Road.

8 Turn right, cross the road and turn left just before the Ivanhoe public house. Skirt the cricket pitch to reach the stile. Turn left onto Thorpe Lane towards 800 years old St Mary’s Church, containing a wealth of interest for historians.

St Mary’s Church

9 Turn left at the church along Park Drive. The area used to be the gardens of Sprotbrough Hall. Built in the 18th century, the Hall was demolished in 1926 for development. Keep right at the fork in the road.

10 At the kissing gate follow the footpath to Brompton Road; cross and continue along the path. You’re now standing on old parkland; once part of Sprotbrough Hall’s grounds.

11 Follow the waymarked path to the footbridge across the A1(M). At the other side, take a moment to enjoy excellent views over the Don Valley. Carry on past the woodland and through the field, passing houses to your left. Follow the edge of the field towards the Linear park, passing a reclaimed former landfill site on your left

12 Turn left onto Linear Park. A short walk brings you back to the start point near the old railway bridge at Sprotbrough Road.
Well done, you’ve completed the Millennium Walk!

Millennium Walk map – click to view larger printable version

Distance: approximately 6.6 kilometres (4.1 miles)

Sprotbrough and Cusworth Parish Council devised this walk to commemorate the year 2000. The route, which links the two largest communities of the parish, is waymarked using locally quarried stone carved with the symbol MM. The walk passes Cusworth Hall in Cusworth Country Park – a pleasant place for rest and refreshment. Call in at the cafe alongside the Hall.

millennium walk information leaflet

If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you can also take a detour to Sprotbrough Flash and walk along the Don Gorge to rejoin the main route.Public Transport from Doncaster to the start of the walk at the Goldsmith Centre takes around 10-15 minutes. Ring the South Yorkshire Travel Line on 01709 515151 for bus times. If you are from further afield, free car parking at the Goldsmith Centre and Cusworth Hall and Country Park allows alternative starting and finishing points.

FREE copies of this leaflet, which sets out the walk in detail, can be obtained from Sprotbrough library or the parish council office – ring 01302 788093.

We’re looking for people who are wild about nature! On 24th June 2017 Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will be holding its annual Summer Showcase at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, on the edge of Doncaster. We’re looking for lots of one-off volunteers to help with this event so we’re contacting lots of local community groups and organisations whose members might be interested in getting involved.

The Potteric Carr Summer Showcase is a celebration of everything wild at this brilliant nature reserve! We’ve got pond dipping, minibeast hunts, wild games, den building, woodland crafts and much more. To make the day a success we need a team of enthusiastic volunteers to help run this year’s Summer Showcase. From directing visitors for car parking and setting up tables to helping run activities and guided walks you’ll be involved in everything! You’ll need to be free to volunteer either from 9am-1:30pm or 12:30pm-5pm on the day, and also be free for an induction session on the 5th June, either 10am-12pm or 6:30pm-8:30pm.

If you’ve ever wondered what Potteric Carr is like, or you remember the joys of pond dipping and watching butterflies then this is for you. By volunteering you’ll have the chance to learn new skills, have great fun and give something back to nature and the community. If you’re a people person with a passion for nature and want to be part of a friendly, buzzing team at this brilliant event get in touch with our Volunteering Development Team for more information:

Millenium walk road map
By car – access point 1 – Goldsmith Centre – take A638 over new St George’s Bridge Road; turn left, signposted Sprotbrough; after about a mile look out for the Goldsmith centre on your left.

By car – access point 2 – Cusworth Hall and Country Park – take A638 new St George’s Bridge Road; carry on for about one mile; turn left immediately before A635 along Cusworth Lane. signposted Cusworth Hall and Country Park; carry on for nearly a mile, pass Hall gates, turn left into car park.

Public Rights of Way: See Ordnance Survey maps Pathfinder 716 or Explorer 279. For queries about local rights of way please ring Doncaster Council on 01302 735684.