Penistone Area

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Surrounding Area of Penistone
Much of the layout of villages in the Penistone parish have a common thread which is the River Don. It rises on moorland near Winscar reservoir, through Hazlehead, Millhouse Green, Thurlstone, Penistone, Spring Vale (yes, I still use the older version of its name), Oxspring and so on until it meets the Little Don (or 'Porter') of Stocksbridge towards Sheffield.

Historically, Thurlstone is our most important neighbouring village. It had more importance and population than Penistone before the railway arrived in the mid-nineteenth century and the stellworks followed on in Penistone. Further the west is Millhouse Green with its great housing expansion of recent years. In the old days it was just rough moorland.

Continuing over the hills is the hamlet of Dunford Bridge, which is overlooked by the Winscar Reservoir. Also west of Penistone is the ridge of Royd Moor, close to the thirteen wind turbines, and later five more much bigger ones. It has a viewing area near to its apex to enjoy wonderful panoramic views.

In the opposite direction, going East through Spring Vale, is the village of Oxspring with two pleasant picnic areas, one by the Don and the other next to the children's recreation ground. South of Penistone is the folly tower of Hartcliff, a landmark that can be seen throughout the local area. It was rebuilt a few years ago, and I suspect it gained a little bit of height in the process. These highly squashed thumbnail pictures link to panaramic pictures of views from near Hartcliff.

View from HartcliffView from Hartcliff

Interesting Video Tours - Under the name of 'The Village Idiot' Mr Andy Smith's collection of Youtube videos tours the parishes of Barnsley Borough, among other places. I can recommend his his visits to the BMBC parishes of Dunford Bridge and of Wortley in particular. Take a look at his Youtube collection. (Facebook).

  1 Thurlstone DunfordView of Millhouse Green
Dunford Bridge         Millhouse Green
2 Winscar Res.
3 Spring Vale
4 Oxspring
5 Hartcliff
6 Royd Moor
7 Millhouse Green
8 Bullhouse Chapel

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