Thurgoland is a semi-rural civil parish with a population of around 2,500 people located in the Pennine foothills of South Yorkshire. The village lies along a ridge around 230m (approx. 750 ft) above sea level. To the west and south is the River Don valley, and to the north and east the ridge overlooks the River Dearne catchment. The far distant views from the village are outstanding, over to the Peak District National Park in the south and west, and, on a clear day, as far as the Yorkshire Wolds to the east.
The Parish has a long history having been mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and in the 17th century was the centre of the local wire-drawing industry.
Today it is a thriving village with strong community life centred around its village hall, youth centre, Holy Trinity Church of England and the Methodist Chapel in Crane Moor. There are many community clubs and groups catering for most interests. The village has a well-respected Primary School. For walkers there is a wide network of local paths suitable for all levels of ability and ambition and a branch of the Trans Pennine Trail long distance footpath and cycleway passes through the Parish.
The nearest larger town is Penistone with its cinema, theatre, secondary school, market and a supermarket, and the major towns of Sheffield, Barnsley and Huddersfield are all easily accessible by car and public transport.
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