Winscar Reservoir curcuit from Dunford Bridge

A Dunford walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 27/07/16

A Peak District walk that explores the open country and reservoirs to the nothwest of Dunford Bridge. This sector of the National Park sees fewer walkers and you are free to enjoy the superb scenery in relative peace and quiet.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h40[?]
Distance Distance : 14.26km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 250m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 244m
Highest point Highest point : 471m
Lowest point Lowest point : 298m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Dunford
Starting point Starting point : N 53.518° / W 1.7634°
Download : GPX track

Description

(D/A) Leave the Trans Pennine car park (3), cross the main road and walk up Don View road. Keep straight on up the gated road between the gardens on your left and the river Don on the right and after the second gate there is a path that leads up on the left to the top of the reservoir dam wall. Go west towards the sailing club where you meet the road from car park (2) and you will see the gate to the open country just in outside the sailing club entrance.

(1) Follow the path/sheep track around the sailing club fence until going slightly inland to cross the first inlet before the end of the club compound - there are stone "fords" across the streams. Stay on the moors side of the wire fence until you come to a gate before reaching Dearden Clough. Stay close to the water's edge to cross the clough then climb up towards the trees that are the Dearden Foot plantation - again staying on the moors side of the fencing.

(2) This is the end of the open country/sheep path walking because, from the north west of the plantation, there is a moors/shooting track that leads up to an even better maintained moors track at SE141028. Take the right hand fork here and follow the track to the farm near Wetshaw Edge. As you approach it there are signs warning you to keep out, so go around the north of the farm buildings and pick up the track heading north.

(3) After passing through a gap in the next wall follow the track to the left then pick up the path/track that is indicated by wooden posts and leads in a loop around Snailsden Edge. The trig point is just to the north of the track. After approaching Holme Moss transmitter for some time the path then turns north and east then descends towards Snailsden reservoir.

(4) From the reservoir follow the track north and eastwards to the road then go west on Linshaws Road. After just over half a mile go right on the track that is marked as the Kirklees Way and follow it as it goes right again past the farm named Elysium. Shortly before the woods start there is a path off on the right (not marked as such but) which is the Holme Valley Circular Walk. Follow this past the ruined farm at Hades (look out for the stone writing) and carry on back up to Linshaws Road.

(5) Go a little left, cross over and follow the track down to Harden Clough so that you then come along the south of the reservoir. Cross over the Harden reservoir dam wall in order to get onto the Dunford Road which heads back to Winscar Reservoir. After a quarter of a mile a road off on the left leads down to a car park (1) and then the road leads on to the gated road over the reservoir dam wall.

(6) My choice for getting down to the lower Dunford car park (3) was to walk east from the start of the dam wall across Broad Hill Bank, which gives good views down the Don valley, then come back on Brook Hill Lane(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Car park
1 : km 0.66 - alt. km 0.66 - Follow the sheep track around the sailing club
2 : km 3.21 - alt. km 3.21 - Follow the track
3 : km 3.78 - alt. km 3.78 - Track to the left
4 : km 6.08 - alt. km 6.08 - Snailsden reservoir, follow the track north
5 : km 10.3 - alt. km 10.3 - Go a little left
6 : km 13.1 - alt. km 13.1 - Walk east
D/A : km 14.26 - alt. km 14.26

Useful Information

The car-park side of Winscar reservoir can be very busy but as you head up on open country towards Snailsden it is usually very quiet. On this walk there are three reservoirs to see, sections of the Kirklees Way and Holme Valley Circular Walk to follow and on the way you pass Elysium as well as Hades - so how come places in West Yorkshire ended up with names like that?

There are three places to park near Winscar reservoir - (1) at SE155030 off the Dunford Road would make this walk the shortest, (2) at SE152020 is closest to the start of the open-country walking or (3) at SE157024 has the largest parking area and is where this description starts.

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Opinions and comments

Average

Number of opinions : 5
Description quality : 2.80/4
Routemap quality : 2.80/4
Walk interest : 3.00/4
Global average : 2.87/4

Jill walker
Walker
on Mon 06 Aug 2018 10:21:10 CEST : Re: Winscar Reservoir curcuit from Dunford Bridge

Date of walk : 06/08/18
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

This walk was a lovely walk for a day high on the moors , but sadly the first part of the walk was very poorly defined , once last the back of the sailing club the oath became a little bit of kilter , ( new fencing landmarks ) , once at the gate to Dearden Clough the pathway became totally undefined , we made our way to the waters edge but then from there we were beaten but the body high bracken with no sign of the pathways , we struggled up onto the moor and found our way along the top between the shooting butts. After this the walk wa# a very good interesting walk with amazing far reaching views , but beware the path is very undefined after half an hour until up on the tops again

Warren Goodall
Walker
on Mon 05 Feb 2018 18:08:39 CET : Re: Winscar Reservoir curcuit from Dunford Bridge

Date of walk : 05/02/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

This was a great walk. The weather meant that we had snow on the tops and green grass and trees lower down. A wonderfully varied walk around a bit of Yorkshire that we had not walked before. We did it short of the time set.

Sarita J
Moderator hiker
on Tue 07 Nov 2017 13:32:08 CET : Re: Winscar Reservoir curcuit from Dunford Bridge

OK thanks for the info. We'll recommend long legs and a good musher dog in the walk description then

leannehoram
Walker
on Tue 07 Nov 2017 12:24:20 CET : Re: Winscar Reservoir curcuit from Dunford Bridge

I actually managed it within the time you said. It was just quite difficult in places. I was walking fast didn't stop for lunch and had a dog to help me along!

Sarita J
Moderator hiker
on Tue 07 Nov 2017 10:58:34 CET : Re: Winscar Reservoir curcuit from Dunford Bridge

Thank you for the feedback on this walk Would you recommend us putting the walk time up to 6 hours? How long did it take you in the end? Thanks!

Sarita
Hikideas Moderator

leannehoram
Walker
on Mon 30 Oct 2017 09:23:32 CET : Re: Winscar Reservoir curcuit from Dunford Bridge

Date of walk : 08/10/17
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Agree with previous comment as the marshland behind the sailing club was very difficult to cross due to the uneven ground and it was quite wet.

Also difficult to identify the path around the farmhouse. If it hadn't been for the gpx file I think I would have got lost on a couple of occasions.

See the full discussion on this walk to find out more.

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