Located six miles east of Rotherham in South Yorkshire, the small village of Maltby is a historic mining town that throughout the years of industrial wear still exudes a simple rural beauty seen in the town’s rolling countryside stretching outward to the Nottinghamshire border. With ancient roots dating as far back as the Doomsday Book of 1066, Maltby has a number of intriguing attractions including the ruins of Roche Abbey and a number of ancient mills.
The ruins of the early Gothic Roche Abbey, founded in 1147, are situated in the valley of Maltby Beck, about 1.5 miles from Maltby. Excavation work of the monastery has revealed the complete and impressive layout of the original abbey, which is enclosed by steep limestone cliffs on one side and Sherwood Forest on another, providing a tranquil picturesque setting.
Dating back to the Dark Ages, the mills in Maltby were a wondrous advancement for the people living there at the time. Elsi, the Saxon Earl of Tickhill and Maltby, is noted as owning three mills in the area in the 11th century. Amazingly, several of Maltby’s mills are still standing today, including mills at Wood Lea, Stone and Roche Abbey.
The Rotherham area is 70 per cent rural and walks in the countryside around Maltby are popular with locals and tourists alike. The famous two-week Walking Festival held in July attracts thousands of visitors each year and with more than 200 miles of footpaths, cycling trails and bridleways weaving in and out of the ancient woodlands, limestone gorges and wildflower meadows, there’s more than enough to keep you going for the duration of your holiday.
For entertainment or just a cold pint after a long day of walking, try one of Maltby’s atmospheric pubs such as The Haynook, The Sheppey, Toll Bar Public House or The Manor. For a wider range of drink and dining options, Rotherham is just a few minutes’ drive away.