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60) Rabbit Ings Country Park, Lund Hill Lane, Royston, Barnsley, S71 4BB
Route No 60 is dedicated to my Daughter Hannah and her family, one, we visited on her birthday, and two, I could only get up to the upper part of the country park with assistance from Houssem my son in law
We had a lovely wander.
More suitable for powered mobility equipment - and depending on it and your ability you may still need a push on the upper section if you wish to do it.
The routes are accessed via a gap in metal A frames. the Min width of the A frame is 800mm.
My route was 4:31 miles in length though you can do shorter or longer - depending on the capability of your mobility equipment. If your equipment isn't great at climbing up light gravel, steep paths then you can still do the lower paths and Ruby's Pond, this is also the better option for people using manual wheelchairs.
If like myself you have a reasonably capable machine to propel you - and a helping hand on the steeper sections then do get to the top and enjoy the open vistas and distant views.
Tarmac then wide light gravel well compacted paths. If you head to Ruby's Pond then this bit is on grass. There is a small platform by the pond but be aware it doesn't offer much edge protection to the pond side and to the grass side. It is worth visiting as during my visit there were many damselflies hoovering and landing.
Lower paths - reasonably moderate slopes, to get up to the top there are a couple of footpaths that although fairly short (200m) they are both quite steep.
Wild flower meadows, woodland area, ponds and larger lake.
Facilities on site:
No cafe, but toilets are available, make sure you have your Radar key.
Dogs are permitted.
The Park is free for everyone to enjoy. There are a few disabled parking bays.
About Rabbit Ings Country Park.
Rabbit Ings is a country park located on the former colliery yard and spoil heap of the Monkton Colliery and then the Royston Drift Mine, which closed in 1989. The 64-hectare site, situated near Royston in South Yorkshire, is home to an array of wildlife – including newts, snakes and herons.
The Present and the Future
The park provides soaring footpaths and cycle tracks that offer stunning views, as well as sports pitches for use by the community. Rabbit Ings was officially opened in 2011 under the ownership of Wakefield Council. In 2012 the Council transferred the land into the ownership of the Land Trust.
A striking image of a rabbit is carved on the hillside which can be seen from miles around. The rabbit, similar to the black rabbit on Watership Down, is a Norse image which ties in with the name of the site – ‘ings’ being a Norse word or description of low lying wetland and of course a rabbit! The rabbit was created with the help of 192 local school children. Spectacular views can be enjoyed from the viewpoint at the top of the hill. Whilst at the foot of the hill woodland and wetland provide a marvellous variety of habitats where wildlife can thrive. In springtime Skylarks, Wheatear and Meadow Pipits fill the park with glorious birdsong.
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