Barnsley to Old Moor RSPB Reserve

Route Details

  • From/To: Barnsley
  • Distance: 6.5 miles one way. 12 mile round trip (approximately 1.5 hours)
  • Type: Largely traffic-free
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 62 and 67
  • Access: Barnsley Train Station

Route Description

This great route begins at Barnsley train station and takes you on a short on road section before you pick up a local traffic-free route that joins National Route 67. After travelling over the River Dove the traffic-free path joins with National Route 62. 

The route continues past Wombwell Recreation Ground before arriving at your final destination of the RSPB Nature Reserve. 

The Old Moor nature reserve is incredibly popular and rightly so. It’s an award winning reserve where you can spot kingfishers, lapwings, tree sparrows and at dusk, you can listen out for the shrill calls of little owls. During winter thousands of golden plovers spend winter here and in spring great crested grebes perform their courtship dance. There is a café at the RSPB reserve for those wanting refreshments.

To return, retrace your journey back to Barnsley.

Extending the route

For those of you wanting to extend the journey, you can continue onto Sprotborough which is 10 miles along mainly gravel tracks. Make sure you call in at the Boat Inn on the riverside in Sprotborough where Sir Walter Scott wrote his novel Ivanhoe. You can also explore the fantastic 12th century Conisborough Castle built of magnesium limestone and the only one of its kind in Europe. 


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This short route takes you from Barnsley on a traffic-free path to the RSPB Old Moor Reserve, which is teeming with birds and wildlife.

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