Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Owler Bar, Lydgate, Horsleygate, Unthank, Moorhall, Rumbling Street, Johnnygate, Millthorpe, Holmesfield, and Totley

I travelled to Owler Bar today, right on the boundary of the Peak District and walked down the road to Lydgate and then took the path going across the fields to Horsleygate: I could hear the noise of a lot of dogs barking coming from a property located down in the valley.

I was now heading south and continued along the road to Unthank and then couldn't find the next path. I think it was sited right next to a rather large house, but a dog ran out and was being quite aggressive and so I continued walking along the road until I reached another suitable footpath going to Moorhall. By the time I'd reached this footpath, apart from one very short section I'd been walking along the exact national park boundary for two miles. Like everywhere else I'd visited so far Moorhall is only a hamlet as are Rumbling Street and Johnnygate which would be the next two places I'd be arriving at.

At Barlow Grange I headed east and began the return leg of my journey back towards the southwestern suburbs of Sheffield. I soon changed direction to the north passing through Rumbling Street and Johnnygate to reach Millthorpe, somewhere that's large enough to qualify as a village.

It was then only half a mile to the church at Holmesfield; it's not particularly old and I think it's a rather unattractive building. This was the best photograph I could manage.

I finished the walk at Totley, a mile and a half away. This horse in a field, just south of Totley got far too friendly for my liking.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Hathersage, Bamford, Shatton, and Offerton

I got off the bus in the centre of Hathersage and walked to the western edge of the village to take a path heading north for just over a mile. I then turned to the left and walked down Hurstclough Lane, an ancient sunken lane.

I took the footpath that cuts across Sickleholme Golf Course, and then the road going down to Bamford Station. I crossed the main Hope Valley trunk road and continued up the lane towards Shatton, but only briefly entered the village. 

The route to the hamlet of Offerton was gently uphill along a broad track and then I passed through a variety of terrain to reach Leadmill Bridge and the path across the field back to Hathersage. Part of the route beyond Offerton is a narrow metalled road and along there two separate Landrover safaris passed me - they would have had some difficult driving ahead of them though.

I was only tortured by the smell of fish and chips for ten minutes as I waited for my bus in the village.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Cutthroat Bridge, Derwent Edge, Ladybower Reservoir, Yorkshire Bridge, and Bamford

I travelled to Cutthroat Bridge and walked across the moors to Derwent Edge.


I then walked down to the track that goes alongside Ladybower Reservoir using a path I'd not taken before and soon reached the main Sheffield to Manchester road. At the traffic lights I turned right and walked to Bamford to catch the bus..

Nothing too difficult today, a gentle climb up from Cutthroat Bridge and likewise a gentle descent from Derwent Edge.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Bradwell, Coplow Dale, Little Hucklow, and Castleton

Today's walk started at Bradwell. I got off the bus at the church and walked up the hill to the minor road that runs parallel to Bradwell Dale, but higher up. I then walked across the fields to Coplow Dale, steadily climbing. 

I continued south to Little Hucklow and then west along a road until I reached a path going off to the northwest, which I stayed with all the way to the road at the top of Winnats Pass.

[On most of my visits to the Peak district I now spot llamas.]

I explored the southern rim of Winnats Pass and finished by making my way down at the side of the road and then using the pavement to reach Castleton. There is a path that continues along the rim, but it's a very steep descent and so I re-traced my steps and still faced a slippery slope down to the road.


Sunday, November 14, 2021

Brough, Aston, and Bamford

My train was late this morning but so was the bus at Sheffield and so I was able to catch it. I travelled to Brough in the Hope Valley and walked to Hope Station and then uphill across the fields to Aston.

I continued climbing, using the Aston Bridleway to reach Hope Cross.

I descended through the woods to the shore of Ladybower Reservoir. It had been a mostly misty and cloudy day so far but for an hour or so as I was walking down by the water's edge it was quite bright, and even sunny at times.

'Dogs must be held on lead' seems to be an unusual choice of wording on this Peak and Northern sign; does it mean that dogs must be put on their leads and then carried?

The majority of today's photos feature the reservoir.

When I reached the dam wall I headed south along the Thornhill Trail to finish the walk at the bus stop at Bamford Station.

Saturday, November 13, 2021


I travelled to Leeds today to meet a couple of friends. I arrived in the city an hour late because my train broke down twice in two different ways whilst it was still on the platform at Doncaster. When I got to Leeds Damo led us on a walk to the waterfront areas; the riverside, canal and former docks districts.

We then walked through the city centre back to the railway station to meet Justin, who'd returned from the Harrogate Book Fare. The three of us then went for a meal.

The final two photographs were taken inside the Victoria Quarter, one of my favourite places in Leeds.