Crook Hill & Ladybower Reservoir

A Hope Woodlands walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 20/08/16

A hill walk followed by a stroll along the reservoir makes this a worthwhile outing.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h25[?]
Distance Distance : 10.48km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 192m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 191m
Highest point Highest point : 388m
Lowest point Lowest point : 214m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Hope Woodlands
Starting point Starting point : N 53.40044° / W 1.74324°
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Description

This is a delightful walk starting with a hike over to the often ignored Crook Hill before a stroll along the eastern banks of Ladybower Reservoir. The start is the car park at Fairholmes reached off the A57 Snake Pass road from Sheffield to Glossop.

(D/A)Leave Fairholmes and walk south down the main road until you see a gate and sign pointing to Lockerbrook Farm on the other side of the road. Follow the path through the woods, ascending to reach a track near the farm. Turn left and walk along the track past Lockerbrook Farm to reach a junction.

(1)Take a small path on the left to stay on the edge of the woods and bend round to a gate. Pass through the gate and walk by the edge of the woods to reach two stiles. Go over both stiles and make your way over Bridge-end Pasture then slope down to come to another gate and a signpost.

(2)Follow the path leading to Snake Road into a field containing the twin tops of Crook Hill. Shortly after entering the field leave the path and head left towards the eastern slope of the first top then climb up the grassy bank once you are past the rocks on the north side. The views from this hill are magnificent, despite a height of only 382m. From the first top drop down the grassy bank then climb up onto the second hill. The 374m summit is not as clearly defined as the first hill but the views are equally as good.

(3)Leave Crook Hill and descend eastwards to join the main path. You should be near a path that leads through a field by-passing Crookhill Farm to join a road. Turn left and follow the road down to the Fairholmes road. Turn right and follow this road to meet the A57.

(4)Cross the viaduct then turn left to get onto the track which follows the banks of the reservoir for approximately 2 miles before sloping left down through the woods back to Fairholmes car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Start: Fairholmes car park
1 : km 1.51 - alt. km 1.51 - Junction: take lefthand path
2 : km 3.7 - alt. km 3.7 - Climb up to Crook Hill
3 : km 4.57 - alt. km 4.57 - Descend eastwards to main path
4 : km 5.83 - alt. km 5.83 - Turn left down track
D/A : km 10.48 - alt. km 10.48 - Finish: Fairholmes car park

Useful Information

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 3.75/5
Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 3.75/5
Routemap quality : 3.75/5
Walk interest : 3.75/5


Moderator hiker
on Tue 27 Nov 2018 14:44:11 CET

Glad to hear you enjoyed it!


Walker
on Mon 26 Nov 2018 18:41:32 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 18/11/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Excellent walk.Will do it again


Walker
on Fri 09 Nov 2018 21:40:11 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 08/11/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

The part of the route that goes downhill to a gate with a sign post and then into the field with the mounds of Crook Hill in need extra care,as the path is not obvious,otherwise a very good walk.


Moderator hiker
on Sun 14 Oct 2018 14:54:11 CEST

Sorry to hear that you struggled with the walk description. If you have any suggestions on how to improve it, we would love your feedback!


Walker
on Mon 08 Oct 2018 21:07:15 CEST

Global average : 1.67 / 5

Date of walk : 08/10/18
Description quality : Very disappointing
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Disappointing

The instructions for the start of this walk from fairholmes carpark up to crook hill were really bad so much so we missed crook hill completely and ended up at craggs farm and walking all the way to ladybower dam before we could gat our bearings


Walker
on Mon 05 Feb 2018 16:00:29 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 04/02/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

An enjoyable walk although quite hard going due to weather conditions being very damp to boggy in places, there was snow up on the hilltops which again wasn't great, but the walk itself I imagine would be even better in good weather, would happily do it again, in better conditions, be aware parking at the visitors centre is £4.50 for the day

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