Distance: 10 mile circular walk
Time required: The walk will take about 6 hours with good stops at each church and has a couple of reasonable hills
What to bring: Footwear with good grips, ideally boots with ankle support, are essential. Waterproof and warm clothing during the colder months are important too
Discover the rural splendour of beautiful south Rotherham!
Stepping in the footsteps of centuries of walkers, visit picturesque villages and explore some of Rotherham’s finest church architecture. This route describes the clockwise route, starting at Todwick where there is a small car park. You can walk in either direction and start at any point. You can almost half the route by taking the path along the Chesterfield Canal.
This route passes through many varied habitats. Ash, oak, field maple, hawthorn, blackthorn, holly and dogwood trees can be found in the hedgerow along Walsaker Lane. Birds including jay, turtle dove, willow warbler, blackcap and even sparrowhawk live in Crow and Loscar Woods. Reedmace, reed sweet-grass and branched bur-reed grow along the banks of the Chesterfield Canal, and provide resting places for damsel and dragonflies.
As the path from Todwick bears left, there is an area rich in flowers on your right. These include meadowsweet, and square stemmed St John’s wort. Butterflies are also common, including green veined whites, small copper, small skipper and common blues.
Opening times may vary, please check individual church pages.
Find a link to the detailed route below.