On Sunday, hubby and I decided that we would do a local walk - one that didn't require us to use the car. We feel lucky that we are surrounded by ancient woodlands and took ourselves off to Barber Woods which skirt Grange Park in Rotherham.
We walked from home to Thundercliffe Grange - once a home of one of the Earls of Effingham. The snowdrops are out really early around these parts this year. We are normally well into February before they usually appear, but I have noticed lots of clumps waving their cheery heads.
The hall is now privately owned. It is split into apartments, but does have some shared communal areas. They hold a Local History group here and I have been inside. Some of the communal areas are unchanged and very lovely.
The house was apparently built with stone quarried in Barber Wood.
There is a really useful information board where I could read some of the history of the are that I didn't know. I would love to step back in time and see this area as it was.
You may have seen Thundercliffe Grange as it stands by the side of the busy M1 motorway - across from the famous 2 Cranes hat light up at Christmas.
It was nice to walk through the woods and away from the noise of the busy motorway. It was a murky morning and we were both tired from a busy weekend, so we decided to cut the walk shorter than originally planned.
But then the skies started to clear and we didn't want to go back inside so we extended the walk again - over to Scholes Village via Keppels Column.
We enjoyed our doorstep walk.