So, with that in mind I was up early yesterday to do a local walk taking in all four of the Wentworth Follies.
The Wentworth Follies are; Hoober Stand, The Needles Eye, Kepple's Column and Rockingham Mausoleum.
The Monuments, or "follies" are situated in the locality of the village of Wentworth and were all built during the 18th century on the orders of Charles Watson-Wentworth the 2nd Marquis of Rockingham and twice Prime Minister of England, and his father, Thomas Watson-Wentworth, 1st Marquis of Rockingham, formerly Earl of Malton.
Detailed info can be found here...The Wentworth Follies
It was spotting with rain when I left the house but the weather forecaster promised better as the day progressed.
Just a few hundred yards from my house is the Waterloo kiln which is all that remains on the site of the famous Rockingham Pottery which operated from here for about 100 years from the mid 18th century onwards.
More reading here...The History of Rockingham Pottery
|Waterloo Kiln and Pottery Pond|
Link The Roman Ridge
|Walking along the Roman Ridge in Wath Wood|
Once through the wood it is about two miles along lanes and paths to the first Folly, Hoober Stand.
Normally Hoober Stand can be seen for miles around and is the most prominent of the local land marks in South Yorkshire, not yesterday however as the weather had deteriorated to steady drizzle and I did not get sight of it until I was about 100 yards from it.
|Hoober Stand emerges from the gloom.|
|Hoober Stand close up.|
|The Needle's Eye|
|The Needle's Eye|
|The East Front|
Continuing through the park I came across the Wentworth deer herd who were taking shelter from the worsening weather under the trees watched over by an attentive stag
|Deer in the park|
The next stretch was, in a word...miserable. From the fishing ponds at the bottom of the park the route then goes over fields using a muddy path for about a mile and a half. I passed The Penistone Ramblers going in the opposite direction and from the look on their faces they appeared to be enjoying themselves even less than me. A nice collection of bushy grey beards though!
Once over the quagmire there was some nice woodland which climbs steadily to Folly number 3...Kepples Column.
|Approaching Kepple's Column|
|Kepples Column close up|
From the ponds I picked up a vague path to final Folly of the day.. The Mausoleum
I had had enough by now though and got my head down for the final 3 miles or so back to my house and a welcome hot bath.
Points noted from yesterday's walk.
- I will not be fit for the TGO Challenge on 13th May. I will get fit on the walk as usual.
- I will maintain a good level of fitness through June and will then gradually degenerate into a physical wreck for the next 11 months.
- Walking in the rain for 5 hours is not much fun!
- South Yorkshire has some interesting buildings and nice countryside...best saved for a sunny day.
- The weather forecasters don't know what they are talking about.
"I lied about being the outdoor type"