On Sunday, we joined the walking group on their Doncaster walk. We met at Kirk Sandall and started our walk by the old church. The church is really pretty, but has ended up almost in the middle of an industrial estate which is a shame.
It was a very grey and blustery day, but thankfully dry for the whole of our walk. This area of South Yorkshire is very flat - just the sort of walking I like!!
We walked along by the side of the Canal for some time.
The leader of our walk surprised us with a welcome tea stop - this fantastic Coffee Boat which was doing a roaring trade. Some of our group tested the Whisky and Walnut cake which looked fantastic - I resisted!
Refreshed, we marched on until we got to St Mary's Church at Kirk Bramwith.
We discovered that they were holding their annual Snowdrop festival and so the church was open for us to look around.
The inside of the church is beautiful and the ladies who were helping out were so very knowlegdable.
The church has great links to the military and it's patron is none other than HRH the Queen of England. According to my guide, HRH is always very forthcoming with cash for repairs etc.
She recently sent this kneeler for the church and insisted that it wasn't put in a glass case, but put out to use.
It was the walking groups family walk and we had 3 children with us, so the lady explained about the mice in the church. The church has 14 mice carved into the woodwork by the "Mouseman of Kilburn
I think I was more thrilled about these than the kids!
These must have been made when Robert Thompson was very young as they were carved in the mid 1930's.
The church ladies were providing tea and cakes, and so we had tea stop no 2 - approx 10 minutes after tea stop no 1!!! You can tell why I like this walking group!
Each pew in the church bears more of Robert Thompson's work with carved dedications to local men who gave their lives in World War 1 or 2. The church is well worth a visit if you are local and get chance whilst the Snowdrop festival is on.
So onwards we went - over farm land and past some lovely old buildings - "ripe for renovation " as they say in Estate Agent language.
You know I can't resist a distressed green door!
We had a great walk - it really is a lovely walking group with plenty of stops for a girl with a camera!
We are looking forward to the next one.