Fernilee Reservoir

A Hartington Upper Quarter walk posted on 01/01/17 by julest1976. Update : 19/01/18

Very easy walk with a choice of well sign-posted routes through the woods on the north side of the water. Suitable for playing Gruffalo Woods with the kids! It's not worth taking scooters as the uneven ground will undoubtedly tip them off and bikes are not allowed.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h25[?]
Distance Distance : 4.54km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 65m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 65m
Highest point Highest point : 292m
Lowest point Lowest point : 249m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Hartington Upper Quarter
Starting point Starting point : N 53.279602° / W 1.975474°
Download : GPX track


(D) Park by the toilet block at the bottom of Goyt's Lane. Take the path on the right down to the reservoir and follow to the dam. This path is muddy in places and too uneven for scooters, though no problem on foot!

(1) Cross the dam admiring the view back up the reservoir and take the signposted path left back up through the woods. You can choose between the 'Woodland Walk' or the 'Waterside Walk' (both well sign-posted). My six year old prefers the waterside walk as there is opportunity to skim stones but also plenty of fallen trees to climb and explore.

(2) On reaching the dam, take the path down to the left and cross the grassy bank of the dam behind the control house, before climbing the road back up to the car park.

Estimated time 1.1/2 hrs at six year old pace, allowing for trips, falls and apple stops.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Goyt's Lane Car Park
1 : km 1.95 - alt. km 1.95 - Cross the dam
2 : km 4.13 - alt. km 4.13 - Take path down to left
D/A : km 4.54 - alt. km 4.54 - Goyt's Lane Car Park

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Opinions and comments


Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4.00/4
Routemap quality : 3.00/4
Walk interest : 3.00/4
Global average : 3.33/4

on Wed 21 Feb 2018 18:19:58 CET : Re: Fernilee Reservoir

Date of walk : 31/01/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

We enjoyed this walk and appreciated the second short cut as it began to snow heavily. We were confused at one point when the instruction to find a path beside a house was not completely clear.

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