Redmires Reservoirs

DSCN0999 (3)This is a lovely 2.5 mile walk around the three reservoirs at Redmires which are just over 5 miles to the north west of Sheffield city centre, close to the area known as Lodge Moor. It is a reasonably easy walk and, apart from one slight incline, fairly flat. The reservoirs are a great place to see wildfowl and interesting wildflowers. There is a link to a map for the walk at the bottom of this blog.

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The route takes you all around the reservoirs and even though some of it is along the Redmires Road, this isn’t busy and offers a good view of the water which is particularly stunning on a sunny day. On colder days the reservoirs can get quite choppy as the area is high up and exposed.

We began the walk from Soughley Lane (point 6 on the map) which takes you alongside the lower reservoir before climbing through the adjacent pretty moorland. The path will lead you to a flagstoned area after which you will face a choice of two routes. Take the right hand one down to Redmires Road.

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As you walk along the road, it is worth taking a very short detour along the signed footpath close to the bridge which the road passes over. This will give you an excellent view of a dramatic bellmouth spillway, a giant hole (rather like a plughole in a sink) designed to control the amount of water flowing into the reservoir.

A bit further along the road, propped up against a wall on the right near a wooden gate, you will see an old stone sign with fish carved into it dated 1828. This sign used to be over the door of the now demolished Grouse and Trout pub which was was, apparently, very popular with the navvies who built the reservoirs!

It is easy to miss where the route leaves the the road via a footpath through a stepped gap in a wall which takes you into pretty pine woodland. It comes immediately after you have passed the grassy embankment of the middle reservoir at the start of a wooded area. This footpath offers interesting views of the overflow channel from the reservoirs and will eventually lead you back  to the start of your walk.DSCN1019 (2)

These reservoirs were built over a period of 18 years in the mid-nineteenth century to provide water for a rapidly increasing Sheffield population. It is hard for us to imagine how important these were to the people of Sheffield back then. The existing water supply was wholly inadequate. Even when the first Redmires reservoir was built in 1836, the goal of the project was only to provide 8 hours of water a day to the city’s residents!

DSCN0107 (2)There were some early problems with the water supplied by the reservoir due to its natural acidity which was the result of its being sourced from water which flowed over peaty moorland. The acidity caused some people’s lead piping to corrode resulting in the local press reporting a number of cases of lead poisoning.

In 1998, a walker spotted unusual markings in the grass on a hill above the upper reservoir. (See this article in The Star). It was later discovered that these were the remains of extensive trenches dug to train soldiers for trench warfare in World War One. Sadly it appears that two thirds of the soldiers who trained in these trenches were to go on to be killed in the Battle of the Somme. (See this interesting article.)

Apparently in severe drought or when the water has been drained, as happens if Yorkshire Water are doing work on the reservoirs, a stone signpost can be seen in the middle of the upper reservoir which says ‘six miles to Sheffield’. This dates back to when an old pack horse route ran through the area. DSCN0479 (2)

LINK TO MAP OF WALK

How to get there:

By car: To start the walk where we did (point 6 on the map), you can park on Soughley Lane (S10 4QX), or alternatively use the small car park off Lodge Moor Road (S10 4LU). The latter leads to the start of the walk along a pretty country lane which runs along the site of the old conduit  that used to feed water from the reservoir into the city. Just cross over Soughley Lane at the end of the conduit route and turn left up the hill to the footpath sign. There is also a car park on Redmires Road (S10 4QZ) adjacent to the Upper Reservoir.

By bus: The number 51 bus goes from the city centre as far as The Sportsman Pub on Redmires Road. By crossing over the playing field behind the pub you can get onto the conduit footpath mentioned above, which leads to the lower reservoir.

 

 

Woolley Wood

DSCN0899 (2)Situated in the North East of Sheffield around 6 miles from the city centre and adjacent to Concord Park, Woolley Wood is a fantastic example of ancient woodland with a history going back until at least the 1600s. Indeed, the name of the wood is derived from the Anglo Saxon word meaning ‘a woodland clearing frequented by wolves’.

There are good pathways running throughout the woods including a section of the Trans Pennine trail. At the bottom of the blog there is a link to a leaflet which shows the trails and gives interesting information on the woods. I am indebted to that, as well as The Heritage Woods website, for much of the information in this blog. I have also included a link which describes a specific walk around the woods with interesting information about the plant life that can be seen en route.

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a carpet of wild garlic

Woolley Wood is a great place to see swathes of wild flowers. There are wood anemones in March/April, the most incredible carpets of bluebells that I have ever seen in May and vast stretches of wild garlic (or ramson). There are also more than 20 species of trees and a good variety of fungi. The yews and wild cherries are particularly striking. The yews are twisted into fascinating shapes and the cherries, which are smothered in blossom in Spring, have the most gorgeous shiny reddish-brown trunks.

As with so many of Sheffield’s open spaces, the preservation of the wood for the public is down to the foresight of local councilors who acquired it from a private owner in 1925. They were responding to the concerns of local people who were worried whether the future of the wood would be secure in private hands. The industrial nature of the city meant the Corporation were acutely aware of the need for people to be able to access green, open spaces and as Woolley Wood is in a part of Sheffield that was short of such spots, they were keen to open up this beautiful place to the public.

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the interesting shape of the yews

The woods are being gradually restored to their former glory as part of a five year programme called Fuelling Revolution. This project also aims to make people aware of the links Woolley Wood and other ancient woodland in Sheffield have to the industrial history of the area. Their website explains that trees from Woolley Wood were used to make charcoal to fuel the iron and steel industry, that tanners used the bark from its oaks in the curing of leather, alder wood was acquired to make the soles of clogs and oak and willow branches were used for basket weaving.

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WOOLLEY WOOD VISITOR GUIDE INCLUDING A MAP OF THE TRAILS

HERITAGE WOODS’ WALK 

How to get there:

By car: we parked in the car park within Concord Park which is adjacent to the wood. This can be accessed from Concord Road S5 OTT which is off the B6086, Bellhouse Road.

By bus: The no 75 goes to Bellhouse Road from Sheffield city centre. Get off at the stop which is just after Concord Road.

Ecclesall Woods

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At 300 acres, Ecclesall Woods is the largest woodland in Sheffield. It is particularly spectacular in May when bluebells carpet the ground and the fresh green leaves of the trees have just burst open. Celandines, ramsons and wood anemones also adorn the place and beautiful bird song rings through the trees.

There are numerous good, clear paths around the woods as the map at the bottom of this page illustrates. We followed the Outdoor City running route (not that we did any running!) which is clearly signposted. This route takes you down to the Limb Brook which runs through the wood and once marked the boundary between the ancient kingdoms of Mercia and Northumberland.

DSCN0835As with so much in Sheffield, this woodland has an interesting history and close links with industry. The Friends of Ecclesall Woods have a fascinating website with details of the history of this place. They say the woods have been used in many ways over the past few thousand years. There is evidence, for instance, of Neolithic man’s presence, as stones with ancient ‘cup and ring’ carvings have been found in the woods, and there are signs of a Romano-British enclosure in the high ground overlooking Limb Brook.  In medieval times the area was a nobleman’s deer park and then in the 1600s it was divided up into compartments which were rented out by local workers. They used the natural resources of the place in a variety of ways including: to make brooms and baskets from branches and twigs, to produce charcoal and to dig out coal and ganister from the ground. (Ganister is a type of hard clay used in the making of bricks to line furnaces).  There is a poignant memorial in the wood, dated 1786, which reminds us of this past: it commemorates an unfortunate charcoal burner, George Yardley, who burned to death in his cabin on the site.

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A stone track possibly once used by pack horses.

The 1800s saw an increased demand for timber and the area became a plantation with the introduction of large numbers of new species such as chestnut, larch, beech and Scots pine. There are a number of stone tracks running throughout the wood which probably stem from this period and may have been used by pack-horses.

In the 1920s Sheffield was expanding rapidly and there were rumours that the woods were to be sold off to developers.The city council made the decision to purchase the woods so they would be kept safe for the people of Sheffield forever. They paid Earl Fitzwilliam £45,500 to acquire them and we can be grateful to one particular man for making this possible. J.G Graves, Lord Major of Sheffield, donated £10,000 of his own money towards the purchase and this was far from the only generous act of this remarkable man. Graves was a watchmaker who created one of the first mail order companies in the UK selling watches, cutlery and jewellery. He became very wealthy from his enterprises but rather than keeping his money for himself, he gifted the city with many of the parks and open spaces it is famous for. It is because of his generosity that we have beautiful places such as Graves Park, Concord Park and Blacka Moor. Overall he is believed to have donated more than a million pounds to Sheffield.

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Graves was present when Princess Mary, King George V’s daughter, opened the woods to the public in 1928. The speech he gave on that day showed how important Sheffield’s natural heritage was to him:

This wood, in its present state, is a link with the far distant past. The section in which we are now assembled is practically in the same state as when the monks of Beauchief founded their abbey more than 700 years ago. For centuries they passed through the wood by the narrow Abbey lane, just as we knew it until recently, as they went to and fro between the  monastery and the chapel at Ecclesall to conduct the daily service.

JG Graves’ speech as recorded in ‘The Sheffield Independent’  24th August 1928

The Woodland Discovery Centre lies in the woods and appropriately takes J.G. Graves’ name. It continues the industrial heritage of the area running craft courses such as wood carving, tool sharpening and cider making.The popular Woodland Coffee Stop is next door to it and sells a variety of refreshments.

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Leaflet including a map of Ecclesall Woods

How to get there:

By car: We parked in the lay-by in the section of Abbey Lane (S11 9NA) between Abbeydale Road South and Whirlowdale Road which is close to the Woodland Discovery Centre and information boards.

By bus: The no 97/98 for Totley goes from the city centre up Abbeydale Road South. Get off at the stop on that road just past Beauchief Gardens.

Damflask Reservoir

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This is an easy 3.5 mile walk all around Damflask reservoir which is only about 5 miles north west of Sheffield city centre. The pathway around the reservoir itself is level with an excellent surface designed to be suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. We followed the Bradfield Walkers route , though, and that starts at Low Bradfield village and involves a steepish climb from there to the reservoir. (See below for a link to this walk.) If you want to avoid the climb, then it would be better to park on the New Road bridge which crosses the dam wall (the B6076 road) and start the walk part way along, simply following the pathway around the reservoir and avoiding Bradfield altogether.

Damflask is always lovely, but on a sunny day its waters become a beautiful azure blue and it is especially stunning. The reservoir nestles in gorgeous countryside which sets off the loveliness of the water and as you walk around there are numerous places where the tree-lined pathway opens up to reveal stunning views.

DSCN0787 (2)Today Damflask is a place of leisure offering refuge from the pressures of modern life. Angling, sailing and rowing are all popular pastimes here and the pathway around the reservoir is also a Sheffield Outdoor City running route. However, its serene beauty masks a tragic history. There was once a small village where the reservoir stands. It was wiped away by the terrifying Sheffield Flood of 1864. Dale Dyke, a newly built dam a few miles above Damflask, burst its banks destroying houses, mills, a pub and taking the lives of a number of villagers including a ten year old boy. This was a national disaster as the flood continued into the centre of Sheffield killing more than 200 hundred people and ‘The Kentish Mercury’ of March 19th 1864 describes it in vivid detail:

‘Passing through Lower Bradfield the waters rushed along the valley with irresistable fury to Damflask, tearing up trees 30 feet high, and moving immense boulders several tons weight, that had rolled from the adjoining hills.’

There is an interesting story about one of the people who lost their lives that night in the book ‘The Complete History of the Great Flood at Sheffield’. A navvy known as ‘Sheffield Harry’, living in Damflask, refused to get out of bed when a messenger came to warn the inhabitants of his home to flee. All the others occupants left begging him to do the same, but he’d been involved in the construction of dams, working on the nearby Agden reservoir only that day and simply didn’t believe a dam would burst. His over-confidence cost him his life: his badly mutilated body was found the next day half a mile down stream.

DSCN0727 (2)The village was never rebuild as there were already plans for a reservoir on the site and it was completed in 1896. Damflask was the largest reservoir in the area covering 47 hectares and with a depth of 25 metres holds an incredible 1,200,000 gallons of water. To hold all this back and to ensure no more disasters, the dam wall was made 1000 feet wide at its base and 50 feet at its top .

The reservoir was designed to be a compensation one offsetting the River Loxley for the water other nearby reservoirs take from it. Its waters can be released in a managed way whenever the river needs topping up.

If you fancy some refreshments on your return to Low Bradfield there are a couple of cafes and a pub in the village (The Schoolrooms , Flask End, which is inside the post office, and The Plough ), or enjoy a packed lunch watching the cricket, tennis or bowls on the lovely recreation ground. Look out for the yellow bicycles suspended around the village- they stem from The Tour de France which passed through Low Bradfield in 2014.

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How to get here:

By car- park at The Sands car park, Low Bradfield S6 6LA

By public transport- Bus no 61/62 from Sheffield city centre

 

Stanage Edge to Hathersage

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This is a lovely long walk which is relatively challenging as it involves a few fairly steep climbs and walking along the boulder strewn top of Stanage Edge. Wear walking boots and layers of clothing- being high up, Stanage Edge is always colder than lower altitudes and the weather can be quite changeable.

A link to a map and a more detailed description of this walk can be found at the bottom of the blog. If you want to begin the walk from Sheffield rather than Hathersage, as we did, you can start it midway through point 5 of the walk description. (You would be starting from where it says ‘continue walking towards the south east…’) To do this, park at the car park at the end of Redmires Road opposite the upper Redmires Reservoir. Turn right out of that car park, walk to the end of the road and follow the clear track up from there. You will soon find yourself on Stanage Edge. From there you can start the walk by following the footpath along the top of the escarpment which heads in the left direction as you stand facing out towards the Edge . My description follows the route from that point.

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This southern section of Stanage Edge is particularly popular with climbers who have come up with hundreds of climbing routes along its length and awarded them some incredible names: Heaven Crack, Castle Chimney and Mississippi Buttress are but a few! Stanage Edge is England’s longest gritstone escarpment and offers fabulous views over heather bound moorland to the more gentle rolling countryside of the Hope Valley. As mentioned in a previous blog, it was where a famous scene from the 2005 film  ‘Pride and Prejudice’ was shot in which Keira Knightley stood dramatically at a cliff edge. It was also used to film scenes from 2011 film ‘ Jane Eyre‘ which starred Michael Fassbender.

The walk will take you to the southern end of the Edge marked by a concrete trig point at 457 m and a rock known as the Cowper Stone. From there you will be heading towards Burbage Bridge with further spectacular views across to Burbage Rocks, another stunning gritstone escarpment.

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Higger Tor

Next the walk takes you up to Higger Tor, a 384m high rocky outcrop whose appearance is most striking due to the loose boulders scattered at its base and piled around its summit. It is a well-loved landmark and offers fantastic views of the countryside from every direction. After Higger Tor the route heads down through a field and along pretty country lanes to Hathersage.

DSCN0408It is worth taking a brief detour into St Michael’s churchyard upon entering Hathersage. It is clearly signposted. Here you will find Little John’s grave (of Robin Hood fame). Of course, no one knows whether Little John was a real person or just a figure of legend, but whoever was buried here was certainly very tall as Little John was believed to be. When the grave was opened in the 1780s, a large thigh bone was discovered estimated to have belonged to someone around 7 foot tall!

DSCN0415 (2)Hathersage is an attractive village and if you feel like any refreshments, there is a lovely cafe, Coleman’s Deli, on the Main Road very close to Baulks Lane, from where the walk continues. This lane leads on to the lovely rolling countryside of North Lees Estate which is managed by the Peak District National Park. North Lees Campsite is near here for anyone wanting to stay in the area.

 

 

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North Lees Hall

Our route takes you right past North Lees Hall which is believed to be the inspiration behind Thornfield Hall in Charlotte Bronte’s classic ‘Jane Eyre’. Thornfield Hall was the fictional home of Mr Rochester whose insane wife was locked in its attic and, at the end of the story, burnt the house down, committing suicide by jumping from its roof. Charlotte visited North Lees Hall in 1845 when she was staying at the vicarage in Hathersage and the turrets of this Elizabethan manor house are clearly similar to her description of the ‘battlements around the top’ of Thornfield Hall.

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There are fine views of Stanage Edge as you ascend from here through Stanage Plantation, a pretty, lightly wooded area scattered with massive boulders. It is a steep climb back up to the Edge, but the rewards are more spectacular views. If you started from Sheffield, you can then cut the walk short and return back to the car park the way you came, which is what we did. If you intend to do the whole walk and want to continue along the northern side of Stanage Edge, there are photographs of some of the sites which await you on my Redmires to Stanage Edge blog.

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Stanage Plantation (top left) and Stanage Edge (above)

 

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To get there:

By car: If you want to start the walk from Hathersage, there is parking at Oddfellows Road, Hathersage S32 1DD

To start from Sheffield you can use the car park at the end of Redmires Road opposite the upper Redmires Reservoir S10 4QZ and follow the instructions in the blog to get to Stanage Edge.

By public transport: There is a train from Sheffield to Hathersage and it is an eight minute walk to Main Road from there. 

To start from Sheffield will involve a 1.7 mile walk from the terminus of the no 51 bus at The Sportsman Pub. For details of a scenic route from there to Stanage Edge see my guidance on directions in the Redmires to Stanage Edge blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Limb Valley

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This is an easy hour and half walk along a good path which forms part of Sheffield’s beautiful 14 mile Round Walk. The route runs through woodland alongside the Limb Brook, and takes in a couple of Sheffield’s lesser known garden gems.

From the Norfolk Arms pub on Ringinglow Road, take the road immediately in front of theDSCN0298 (2) interesting Roundhouse building. (See the photo opposite.) This is a former toll house built in an usual octagonal shape so the toll-keeper could easily spot road users arriving from different directions and be ready to collect their tolls. It served this purpose between 1795 to 1825 according to the fascinating book ‘Sheffield- a Photographic Journey through Yorkshire’s Greenest City’ . It later became a tea-room and general store before, in more recent years, being used as a family home.

DSCN0342 (2)After a few minutes walk down this road, turn left at the Round Walk sign into a field. Follow the route straight on (ignore the public footpath sign further down the field pointing to the right) and very shortly you will see a sign for Limb Valley. You will now enter woodland and follow a route alongside a babbling stream. There were signs of bluebell leaves emerging under the trees when I walked this route in March, so the valley would look particularly pretty in May when they would be flowering.

The route from here is easy to follow. Keep straight on for about half an hour until you see a bridge on your right where paths cross. Follow the signs to Whirlowbrook Hall and you will shortly find yourself  in the 39 acres Whirlow Brook Park. The attractive stone hall here is now a venue for weddings and conferences, but the grounds are open to the public. They are perhaps most notable for the impressive lakes to the front and side of the house.

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Whirlow Brook Hall

After enjoying the grounds, head down the drive to the road. Turn left as you exit the park and after only a few metres you will see the entrance of Whinfell Quarry Gardens. Built, as the name suggests, in the site of a former quarry, these gardens have a fascinating history. They were created in 1898 by the Sheffield steel magnate Samuel Doncaster. He had collected thousands of plant specimens from his travels around the world and created the gardens to home these rare species, cleverly making use of the shelter the quarry provided to create a unique micro-climate suited to his exotic finds.   For instance, two Californian redwood trees over 100 foot tall grow here and these began their lives as cones brought back to the UK from Doncaster’s travels. Other plants include rhododendrons, Japanese acers as well as numerous alpines in a rock garden constructed in the smaller quarry area.  Winding and climbing paths and steps provide  fresh views of these rare gems round every corner. The gardens had become neglected and overgrown until a group of volunteers, The Friends of Whinfell Quarry, worked tirelessly to restore its beauty. There is a fascinating article on the gardens and their restoration in The Sheffield Telegraph.

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Whinfell Quarry Gardens- photo courtesy of Helena Marie Photography

On returning to the road, turn right and take the path back into Limb Valley indicated by the public footpath sign  (not the bridal pathway sign which you will pass first). This will give you an interesting view of Whirlow Brook Park lake. (Look out in Spring for the usual yellow skunk cabbage which grows in the boggy ground there- it’s like a yellow Lords and Ladies arum type plant.) This pathway will very shortly take you back to the bridge and the crossroads from where you can return the way you arrived.

If you fancy some refreshments after the walk, the Norfolk Arms do excellent food and have a cosy interior with log burning fires, great in colder weather, as well as a fantastic views over the pretty Mayfield Valley from their extensive beer garden. Kids would enjoy the alpacas in the neighbouring field which belong to Mayfield Alpacas.

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How to get there:

By car: There is a parking spot opposite the Norfolk Arms on Ringinglow Road. (The pub advise people to use the address 2, Ringinglow Village and the postcode S11 7TU  to avoid satnav confusion!)

By public transport: there is an infrequent no 4 bus from Sheffield city centre that stops at the Norfolk Arms. 

Redmires to Stanage Edge

 

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photo courtesy of Helena Fletcher see website

This is an 8.5 mile circular walk along the northernmost part of Stanage Edge, and then back through Hallam Moor following a Bradfield Walkers’ map which can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

Stanage Edge is a 3.5 mile gritstone escarpment, the longest in England, which reaches heights of up to 100 foot offering truly panoramic, stunning views across the Hope Valley.

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Make sure you dress appropriately with good walking boots and plenty of layers-  when you get off the clear track known as the Long Causeway, the route can often be very wet. It can also be snowy in winter even when it is clear of snow lower down, because of the height. This also means that even on the warmest of days there is significant wind chill to take into account.

Parking for this walk is in the car park on Redmires Road close beside Redmires’ upper reservoir. As with all the car parks for Stanage Edge, it does get busy in good weather and at weekends, as this is a very popular route not only with walkers but climbers too. On leaving the car park turn right and go to the end of the road taking the obvious track to your right when you get there. (Note the map is not very clear on this.) You will find yourself on the Long Causeway, the remains of an old pack-horse route which once ran from Sheffield to Hathersage. On much of this section old flagstones put down to help the carts on their way are still clearly visible.

After about ten minutes, look out for some rocks on your left with initials carved into them. This is where, until recently, Stanedge Pole stood. The pole was removed because the top had become rotten, but there are, I believe, plans to replace it soon. There has been a pole of some description at this sight for possibly the past 500 years and some think it marked  the ancient boundary of Northumbria and Mercia and more recently Derbyshire and Yorkshire.

Keep going straight along the Long Causeway and it will lead you to Stanage Edge. Prepare to have your breath taken away: the views here are amazing!  Near here is where Keira Knightley shot the famous cliff edge scene in ‘Pride and Prejudice’.

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As you carry on along the route, look out for where the clear track starts to descend. At this point there is a far less obvious footpath that you need to take to your right in order to continue along the Edge and not go down towards Hathersage- again the map does not make this too clear. This route takes you up to Stanage’s highest point, High Neb, which stands at 1503 feet and is marked by a trig point (a white pillar). All along this route there are stunning rock formations, some ancient cairns and intriguing numbered troughs carved into the stones. These were made back when the land was used exclusively for grouse shooting, as watering holes for the grouse  in an attempt to encourage them to stay in the area. Also at the foot of the cliffs look out for numerous abandoned millstones. These hark back to when the gritstone here was used to make these.

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Once you have turned off the Long Causeway onto the permissive pathway along the Edge, the track becomes much more unclear and  involves a lot of rock hopping over pools of water after wet weather. If this doesn’t appeal to you,  you can do an alternative walk by keeping on the Long Causeway and carrying along it as it heads down the road to Denis Knoll Car Park.  This is a straightforward path and will give you good views of the Edge from below. You can then either return the way you have come, or turn left and go along the road for 0.8 miles until you reach Plantation Car Park on your left. If you go through this car park you will find a footpath known as Jacob’s Ladder which leads back up to the top of the Edge. It is a steep climb but is clearly marked with flagstones and is very pretty.

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As well as numerous red grouse which still populate the area (a brown bird with clear red wattles over its eyes), there are reported to be ring ouzels here which are rare birds. They look rather like blackbirds but with a obvious white crescent shaped patch on their chests. Merlins, golden plovers and lapwings are also to be found.

The map will direct you to the end of Stanage Edge where you will reach the A57. Cross over that road and follow the route described, which is mainly gentle farm land and a minor rural road, until you return again to the A57. Crossing over that once more and taking the footpath on the other side will lead you up to the beautiful Hallam Moors. Heather abounds here as do grouse, but be aware in can be boggy and if you loose sight of the path, as we did, look for a wall on your left, along which the path runs.

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map of the walk

How to get there:

By car: The car park is towards the end of Redmires Road by the upper Redmires reservoir.

By bus: This is tricky as the nearest bus is the no. 51 from Sheffield city centre which stops two miles away. If you take this option you can add on a lovely walk round the Redmires reservoirs to join up to the start of this walk. A few minutes from the bus terminus on Redmires Road is the Sportman Pub. Cross over the playing field behind it. This leads you to a clear track footpath. Turn right down this path until you reach a road. Cross over the road and turn left until you reach a footpath sign on the right. Follow that footpath around the reservoirs and it will lead you to the top of Redmires Road near the start of this walk where the Long Causeway begins. It is also possible to walk to Stanage Edge from Hathersage train station.