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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
What is community Transport?
Community Transport (CT) services are available for people who may find it difficult to access standard public transport due to disability, age and frailty or geographic isolation: people who would otherwise be unable to travel, or who would struggle getting to a bus stop. For a small charge the services pick people up at their door and take them to a pre-booked destination, using accessible minibuses.
How are the services funded?
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) currently supports CT services at a cost of £1,657,215 revenue funding per year. Some vehicles are also provided to the operators by SYPTE for use on Door2Door services, in addition to the operators’ own fleets.
Who operates the services?
Services are delivered under the ‘Door2Door’ brand through the lead operator – Sheffield Community Transport (SCT) – who subcontract some of the delivery out to other operators to provide cover across the county. All Door2Door drivers are Disclosure & Barring Service checked and trained to MiDas or equivalent standard.
The operators providing CT cover across the county are:
All the operators have non-profit status.
What services are available?
The larger operators – SCT, BDaR, DCT and RCT – all offer three journey types:
MCT and T17 offer group travel in specific areas in the Manor and S17 areas and are not available city wide.
What other services are available?
The CT operators provide other Door2Door services outside of our SLA. These include volunteer car schemes in some districts and a ‘Dial-a-Ride+’ type offer which for a higher fare will offer guaranteed bookings, guaranteed timeslots and daily or weekly repeat bookings, e.g. for regular health appointments or day centre visits.
How can members of the public contact Community Transport providers?
To use the services, people must pre-register (for free) as members and must also pre-book their journey up to six or at least a day in advance of travel on a ‘first come’ basis, and on average registered users travel twice a week. Journeys are not eligible for concessionary travel (ENCTS Elderly or Disabled passes) and passengers pay different fares according to the type/distance of journey.
To register for Community Transport services people should contact their local operator:
Fares are reviewed periodically, but as the services are subsidised, are always kept below the cost of equivalent taxi journeys. As the vehicles are fully wheelchair accessible they also fill an unmet need in some districts (not all four councils have accessible Hackney carriage fleets).
All the vehicles have powered rear lifts: Drivers help users to board and alight, and unload walking aids and wheelchairs etc. Where passengers have shopping, drivers will help them to their door with this. The vehicles carry assistance dogs at no cost (but not other dogs at all) and carers/friends can travel with the person booking but are also charged a fare.
How you can help
It would be appreciated if you could please keep your constituents informed about Community Transport and advise them that they can find out more about the full range of Door2Door services by phoning the operator nearest to them.
Further information and contact details for the Community Transport providers is available at
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