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South Yorkshire Walk
River Don & New Junction Canal from Fishlake

County/Area - South Yorkshire

Author - Andy Chaplin

Length - 12.6 miles / 20.5 km

Ascent - 100 feet / 30 metres

Time - 6 hours 20 minutes

Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference SE654131
Lat 53.610381 // Long -1.012977
Postcode DN7 5JH (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - River Don & New Junction Canal from Fishlake Photo from the walk - River Don & New Junction Canal from Fishlake Photo from the walk - River Don & New Junction Canal from Fishlake
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The walk starts in Fishlake, north of Doncaster, where there is a reasonable sized lay-by in the village at grid ref. SE654131 and some parking around the Hare and Hounds pub nearby. Although it is a relatively long walk it is easy to follow and the paths alongside the river and canal make for quick walking.

Walk towards the church and when you have just passed the hare & Hounds pub go right on a footpath towards the Don. The best view of the river - and easiest walking - is on the top of the flood defence bank nearest to the river. Walk east then north along the river for 3.75 miles, passing the Ferry Road bridge and the houses on Cowick Road, then turn left on Oak Lane and walk west for a mile and a half, through Pincheon Green, to the New Junction Canal.

Follow the canal paths all the way to Low Lane near Kirk Bramwith. Then continue on the footpath at the side of the canal down to the aqueduct over the Don. There is a footbridge over the canal here where you can cross and then take the path on the south side of the river to the Low Lane bridge over the Don. At this point you have the river on your left and the Stainforth & Keadby canal on the right.

Cross over the Don and take the path on the right along the flood defence bank back towards Fishlake. Before Stainforth you pass a loop of the course of the old river. At the Fishlake Nab road bridge it is possible to go straight on, over the fence and by the side of the river and behind the houses, or go left up Fishlake Nab road and over a stile just past the houses.

When you come near to Fishlake there is a path off to the left, coming down from the flood defence bank, which leads down behind the Old Anchor pub to Main Street in Fishlake.

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