The project will focus on a series of physical improvements:
Identifying barriers – Focusing on the physical and perceptual barriers, by surveying routes and sites to identify what is stopping people using sites.
Removing barriers – Focusing on key locations where improvements to paths or connecting gaps will have maximum impact. It will also focus on the introduction of physical improvements at key locations that will have maximum benefit to visitors and users of the area.
This project will run in parallel with Promoting the Dearne. It must be made as easy as possible for people to be able to find the sites and to be able to get to them easily. If they have been encouraged to visit then they must have a good experience, making them want to visit again.
The DVLP will look to improve access (physical and intellectual) to the heritage and environment within the Dearne. This will be achieved through working with targeted groups (learning difficulties, physical difficulties, deaf groups, and mental health groups). This approach will be embedded into the work of the DVLP with linkages established with sites, attractions, partners and the community. This project has the potential to add to all elements of the DVLP, whilst at the same time benefitting itself by encouraging the participants to be involved in other projects within the programme.
This will use both the work of Identifying Barriers and the Green Heart Core Circuit identified within the DVGH Interpretation Strategy. Physical improvement will be carried out on the core circuit walk and at key sites. The priorities identified in the Interpretation Study will be reviewed with the details developed, the costs established and the work needed prioritised. This will be developed in partnership with the public rights of way officers at all three local authorities and the TPT programme team (who are also based within Barnsley Council).Barriers identified can be addressed through this fund. Opportunities to increase greater usage of the area will also be encouraged through physical improvements such as horse mounting blocks, hitching rails, bike racks, seating, picnic tables and other measures to improve access.
Significant work has previously been carried out by the Dearne Valley Green Heart Partnership (with their Interpretation Study - as distinct from the DVLP Interpretation Strategy), the Trans Pennine Trail and the Public Rights of Way Officers within the three local authorities. The Dearne is fortunate in having the Trans Pennine Trail running through its heart, along with and extensive public rights of way network. These are generally to a high standard, are extend across the area, link key sites and are well used. What are required though are site specific measures to identify problems and remove barriers to usage.
All News, Press Releases and Events relating to this Project are listed below
Improved Access at Barnsley Main
Access works at Barnsley Main nearing completion
Explore Wildlife Archives
Join us for a free trip to the University of York Borthwick Institute to view exciting wildlife archive materials from sites within in the Dearne Valley.…
Back to Nature In Wombwell Woods
The second year of the Wombwell Woods celebration event proved to be another huge success with the local community & visitors throughout the weekend.
Guided Bat Walk
Join Roseanna from the DVLP team and the Dearne Valley Ramblers for a guided bat walk at Elsecar.
Worsbrough Boardwalk Opened
A new stretch of boardwalk at Worsbrough Country Park has been formally opened.
The Ted Hughes Trail, Mexborough
We worked with the Ted Hughes Project, South Yorkshire, to develop this walking trail based on the poets former paper round in Mexborough.
Heritage Interpretation Training
The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership are working to improve heritage interpretation across the Dearne Valley. As part of this programme we are offering a free training…
Geocaching in the Dearne Valley
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices to find hidden items known as ‘geocaches’.
Project OngoingProject status update.
Locations in the Dearne
All locations that are affected by this project are as follows:
Trans Pennine Trail
The Trans Pennine Trail is a series of fully surfaced cycle and walking paths which run from coast to coast in the north of England.
New Park Springs
New Park Springs is a site comprised of wetlands, grassland and woodlands located in Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire.
Conisbrough Castle is a Medieval period fortification built in the 11th century and is located in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire.
Elsecar Heritage Centre
The Elsecar Heritage Centre is a family attraction located in the village of Elsecar, South Yorkshire.
RSPB Old Moor
The Old Moor is a nature reserve maintained and operated by the RSPB located in the heart of the Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire.
Maurice Dobson Museum
The Maurice Dobson Museum and Heritage Centre is situated in a restored Georgian period yeoman's residence in Darfield, South Yorkshire.
Monk Bretton Priory
Located in the village of Lundwood, Monk Bretton Priory is a Grade I listed ancient monument site.
Hoyland Lowe Stand, Barnsley
The Lowe Stand is the site of a Grade II Listed Building located in Hoyland, South Yorkshire.
Barnsley Main Colliery, Barnsley
The Barnsley Main Colliery is the remains of large deep mining site located in the Barnsley area in South Yorkshire.
Wombwell Wood, Wombwell
Wombwell Wood is an ancient semi-natural broadleaf woodland located in the Wobwell, South Yorkshire.
Glassby Arch, Mexborough
The Arch is a stone arch located in the Garden of Fern Villa in Mexbrough, South Yorkshire.