South Yorkshire

Thorne Memorial Park

Location - Town: Thorne, NE of Doncaster

Location - County: South Yorkshire

Description/Directions to location: Thorne is an old canal-side village on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal. The pond is in a little park just south of the bridge where the main A614 into town crosses the canal.

Here it is on Googlemaps (rather shaded by trees)

How to get there: if you drive it is less than 2 miles from Junction 5 on the M18.

- Buses: 87, 88 and 88A from Doncaster stop right outside.

- Trains: Thorne South Station on the Doncaster - Scunthorpe/Cleethorpes line is closest, but there is also Thorne North Station on the Doncaster - Goole/Hull line.

- Boat: You can visit this pond by boat! Come up on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal and stop at either the British Waterways Thorne Customer Facilities (48 hrs berthing) or Staniland Marina with berthing, club house, repairs and chandlery.

Type: Purpose-built model boating pond, combined with a war memorial.

Size: Small to medium.

Depth: about 4 feet.

Shoreline access: 90%. There is a proper launching stage. However the rest of the bank is made of sloping concrete ramps with rocks inserted in them, so it is dangerous for small children or the elderly, who are likely to slide in while bashing themselves on the rocks on the way. A turning pole is essential for free sailing. The war memorial has railings round it, but the gate is thoughtfully left unlocked. There are a few hazardous bushes and a couple of fountains.

Toilets/Shop/other facilities: Park toilets, but no shop. Buy your picnic in the petrol station just to the NE of the park. There is also a good builder's merchants in the same direction, which was useful to me as I'd come out without a turning pole: I soon made one up from a length of dowel with a cuphook on the end.

Best of all, if you visit on a Sunday in summer you will share the park with the Doncaster & District Model Engineering Society, who run miniature trains on the loop of track visible in the Google overhead shot. See their website on

Open Public Access: yes

Local model boat club: not that I could find

Any restrictions: not that I could find, but anything fast & noisy will soon hit the bank.

The boats I sailed in the photographs are a couple of 12" Skipper solid-hulled yachts. One is quite recent but the other is about 15 years old and handpainted, from the days when you could buy Skipper yachts as a kit.

Listed by Andy Tribble, 17 May 2009

Location - Town: Sheffield

Location - County: South Yorks
Description/directions to location: Millhouses Park. South of Sheffield on Abbeydale Road South
Grid reference SK 332 828
Watch out for Cafe sign

Type: General boating lake
Size: "Average"
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Cafe and Toilets on poolside
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): No IC also used during summer for paddle boats

Anything else to add?: Sheffield Ship Model Society run various regattas for 575s, 590s , tug towing ,scale events.
Main sailing days Tues ,Thurs, and Sun am
Peg board in operation, please use if available

Location - Town: Sheffield
Location - County: S Yorks
Description/directions to location: Rother Valley Country Park.

On the outskirts of Sheffield near Killamarsh.

Depth , you will need a rescue boat.
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Heroic
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Toilets,cafe, craft shops
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club:
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): No restrictions.

Access to park is around £2.50. plus boat launch at £1.50
Anything else to add?: Lake sometimes used for other watersports such as Newfoundland Dog Swimming contests, Fishing , Full size F1 racing.

Listed by Phil D [09.11.2005]

Anything to add or amend? More Pics?