Updated for 2022
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Friday night accommodation at Event Centre (MWBC)
You can sleep in your car or camper, and will be directed to the Event Parking on the Beach. Alternatively, you can pitch a tent on the grass at the front (lake-side) of the building, parking nearer the building. After striking your tent in the morning, your vehicle should be moved to the Event Parking. Toilets will be accessible during the night from the building’s patio (see plan). Once Registration is open in the morning, a boiler with hot water, tea and coffee will be operational for take-away drinks.
I understand the Event Centre may be able to get refreshment at the MWBC cafe to about 5 pm. Otherwise, the nearest warm place to wait may be the cafe at Tesco, south from the roundabout towards Rotherham to the second large roundabout and right. Alternatively, in local pubs. You may want to park at (or at least recce) the Event Centre first.
Please aim to get to the Event Centre between 5:00 and 9:00 pm - we've got an early start on Saturday. You will have to wake people after 10:00!
Prices of other establishments may be from previous years. See our Facebook page for offers on accommodation (e.g. unwanted hotel rooms)
In most cases, you could get a better rate from a web search with Expedia, hotels.com, trivago, etc, but you may need to talk to the hotel direct if you want an early breakfast!
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One of the nearest hotels to the event centre is the Holiday Inn Express at Manvers, on the A633 Manvers Way, claimed to be the best hotel locally (information from Dearne Valley College). The RRR route runs behind the hotel , approx 1 km from the Event Centre. If you quote Round Rotherham you may get a discounted rate; tel no is 01709 760666. Single or double/twin bed & breakfast for the race weekend including breakfast for the Friday and Saturday nights . (From the website, it seemed we oldies could get further discount for a room for 2 + breakfast )
Nearby is the Barnsley (Dearne Valley) Premier Inn, Meadowgate, Dearne Valley, Wombwell, S73 0UN (0333 777 3679), 3 km from the event centre, at the Wath roundabout. It is close to the Rotherham to Barnsley bus route. They have double and twin rooms. Breakfast is available at Brewers Fayre adjoining Premier Inn at any time. Although 3 km from the start, the EC is along the A6195 towards Doncaster to the first roundabout, right on the A633 road towards Mexborough to the fourth roundabout, then left towards Bolton to a second roundabout, left after 250 m to MWBC. Directions to hotel: On the roundabout at the junction of the A633 (Barnsley to Mexborough road) and the A6195 (from M1 junction 36 near Doncaster).
Sandygate Hotel, Sandygate, Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham 01709 877827 - a favourite amongst RRRers
Single and Double rooms available - with early breakfast before the race. Approx 2 km from Event Centre and the start. From hotel, go north along Dearneway downhill to roundabout, straight ahead to next large roundabout, then left after 250 m (signed to golf club).
Towards Mexborough is the 3-star Best Western Plus Pastures Hotel
Pastures Road, Mexborough, South Yorkshire S64 0JJ Tel: 03330 034269, about 4 miles from event centre. Alternative link: Best Western and search for Mexborough
Local councils have web sites with some information about accommodation - contact the Tourist Information Centres through these sites for more information
Barnsley: they provide an extensive list. Those near the Event Centre include: (Hotels) Forte Travelodge, Keel Inn, Churchills, Drop (Guest Ho's) April Cot., Clifton Ho, Old Coach Ho (Inn/PH's) Hoyle Mill.
Rockingham Arms, 8 Main Street, Wentworth, Rotherham 01226 742075
Connor McPeak Singles and doubles. No breakfast. 3 miles from start.
Doncaster: I eventually found a list - follow 'Visit Doncaster' links to 'where to stay' (or T for tourist). You should also be able to contact the TIC to help check which hotels in their extensive database are near Manvers!
Rotherham: List gives some hotels and guest houses, none close to Event Centre.
The Travel Inn 'motel' (Brecks) per room, Regis Hotel, Fernlea Hotel, and Netherleigh Guest House (Moorgate area, S. of central Rotherham around SK 433923)
The Yellow Pages also lists (under Guest Houses) the Kenbet Transport House, Station Road (probably not averse to early risers!) and Corona Hotel, 163 College Road (both near the old station, west of bypass), The Kingfisher and The Mount.
Also: Welcome Break (Motel) at Woodall Service Station on M1 (N of Junction 31).
Contact 0800 731 4466 or 0114 248 6434
TRANSPORT to event:
Caution: Check if there is a rail strike on the day of the event (7/10/2023). Trains may stop running early on the Friday evening and may be late restarting on Sunday morning
Rechecked for 2021
General: You can look up public transport using the Travel South Yorkshire webpage and select the Journey Planning menu.
Select Plan Your Journey (advanced option rather than quick version), enter your start location, e.g. London Kings Cross, and destination S63 7BU and select Waterfront Golf Club (or enter details for your hotel). Click 'Show My Routes'.
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By train: If you are travelling a distance, you will come through Sheffield, Doncaster or Leeds. Book through to a local station for little or no extra charge.
From Sheffield, or Doncaster travel to Swinton, S. Yorks - SWN (not Swinton, Manchester - SNN) or Mexborough
Alternatively, from Sheffield or from Leeds travel to Bolton-upon-Dearne
From Swinton, take 220 bus (see below)
From Mexborough, take X20 or 220 bus (see below)
From Bolton-upon-Dearne, take 226 bus (see below)
From Rotherham, Doncaster or Barnsley, as appropriate:
X20 Doncaster to Barnsley and vice versa. Alight at Manvers Way/Station Rd stop, just before roundabout at junction signed to Bolton. From Barnsley, the stop is just after a blue pedestrian bridge over the road, or from Rotherham just after the fire station on the left
From Rotherham (also Sheffield via Rotherham using X1, X10 or X78 bus): The 22a (anticlockwise) and 22c (clockwise) Rotherham to Manvers buses go round a loop at the Manvers end. The relevant roundabout is at the apex of the loop, so it makes no real difference which you get. 22a, alight at Manvers Way/Station Rd stop, just after the fire station on the left. 22c alight at Station Rd/Manvers Way stop in Wath, between 2nd and 3rd roundabouts (or if you miss the stop, alight after bus turns right, opposite fire station).
22x Barnsley to Rotherham follows a similar route in this section; from Barnsley same as the 22a, from Rotherham same as the 22c
By train and bus: From Bolton-upon-Dearne, take 226 bus in direction of Barnsley, alight at Station Rd/Manvers Way, after crossing river and passing traffic light-controlled crossing, before roundabout. Entrance to Waterfront Golf Club, is on the right (in direction of travel); go straight ahead on access track to MWBC
From Swinton (not to be confused with Lancastrian namesake), take 220 bus in direction of Wath/Cortonwood; alight at Manvers Way/Station Rd stop, just after the fire station on the left. Take Bolton road from roundabout just ahead. After 250 m, turn left at gate to Waterfront Golf Club, go straight ahead to MWBC.
Note: the Mexborough bus station is a 10 minute walk from the railway station, but bus stop is closer to Swinton station, not actually at Swinton Interchange. So, if you arrive by train, alight at Swinton.
Note: Manvers in these timetables refers to the roundabout near Dearne Valley College
220 Mexborough - Swinton - Manvers - Wath - Wombwell - Cortonwood Buses from Station St, Swinton (turn right as you exit station, stop is just L at main road) to Manvers Way/Station Rd stop, just after the fire station on the left. Friday: Departs 25 or 26 minutes past the hour to 15:25, 12 or 14 minutes past the hour from 18:14 Approx 10 minutes to Manvers. No early Saturday bus.
226 Thurnscoe - Bolton-upon-Dearne station - MWBC - Barnsley Friday: Approx 35 min past the hour at Goldthorpe, before Bolton-upon-Dearne station Saturday: 5:17 and 6:17 from Goldthorpe, approx 4 min later at station
X20 Doncaster - Conisbrough - Mexorough - Manvers - Barnsley Friday: From Doncaster 35 or 45 min past the hour from 16:35 to 19:45, arr MWBC 40 min later. Saturday: earliest is from Conisbrough, 6:13, arr Manvers 6:33
22a, 22c, 22x Rotherham to Wath (circular) or Barnsley Friday: 22c or 22x from Rotherham, 20, 30 or 50 min past hour, Saturday: 22x at 6:18 from Rotherham, arr 6:42 (earlier bus at 6:02 from bus garage in Rawmarsh, arr 6:16)
For Overnight Friday sleeping
If you are planning to sleep at the Event Centre (with tent) select arrival time (preferably arriving 17:00 to 21:00).
On the day travel
Rechecked for 2021 Options are very limited
Leeds stopping train from Sheffield via Rotherham to Bolton-upon-Dearne at 05:15, 226 bus at 06:21 arr 06:32
22x bus at 6:18 from Rotherham
Swinton (S. Yorks) and Mexborough have neither a taxi rank nor a cab office. Advance taxi booking is essential. Consider using the following local taxi operators, or Uber
Swinton 01709 588885
Gemini 01709 581944
Gemini 01709 581944
Service Travel 01709 584600
Ivanhoe Cabs 01709 589999
For the day or for sleepers:
Bus and train options are as listed for 2019; see the Travel South Yorkshire webpage. Set S63 7BU - Waterfront Golf Club - as destination. This site only lets you check times for about a month, so you are advised to check times close to the day
If links to timetables don't work, enter timetable number in the Timetable Finder on the main page
Contact me (Henry Marston) for more suggestions - we have some additional lists. Also, some are known to have parked up with a camper van at or near the event centre.
Quick Link: http://tinyurl.com/rrr-acc
Last update 01 September 2023 by Henry Marston