This relaxed walk is beautiful whatever the season with the reservoir adding to the scene.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A)Start from the car park that overlooks Errwood Reservoir (Grid ref SK013756) opposite the Sailing Cub. Walk down the road towards the dam to take the footpath on the left heading north. Just after this footpath gate from the road, take the path ahead that eventually descends to Fernilee Reservoir built in 1938. This old path, part of the vast estate that occupied this area prior to the arrival of the reservoir, threads its way through the trees ending at a narrow lane (Grid ref. 011776).
(1)Turn right down the lane to the dam. This is your first option to cut short your walk by crossing over the dam and turning right to pick up the returning walk. Otherwise, do not cross over the dam but turn left along the farm road, then just before the first farm - Knipe Farm (grid ref 011783), descend right down to a small gate in the wall. Then continue left to follow the wall to the back of the house. Descend right down the field to a five bar gate with a fat yellow arrow painted on it. This leads at first to a green lane down to the River Goyt then continues as a footpath alongside the river to a footbridge (Grid ref 011787).
(2)Here is the second option, cross over the bridge, turn right and pick up the returning walk. Continuing with the full walk, do not cross over the river but follow the path alongside the river then climbing up through the woods to exit onto fields. The clear path crosses the fields to the narrow Whiteleas Road (Grid ref 006795). Turn right along this road through the gate to the church (Grid ref 006798).
(3)At the church wall turn right down the steep lane that passes through the cemetery to a river ford. To save getting your feet wet cross over the bridge on the left then climb up the path ahead to turn right through the gate to the footpath. The footpath follows the river, now on your right, passing the bridge (the second option joins here) to the very large concrete building housing the water treatment plant. Keep the building on your right to follow the service road that climbs up to a lane.
(4)Turn right towards the dam (the first option joins here). Then go left on the footpath that used to be the railway (Grid ref 015777). This level path ends near Errwood Dam completed in 1967. Proceed through the small gate on your right following the path that keeps to the foot of the dam then climbs up the steep hill to the gate to the road. Turn right back to your start.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Start: car park overlooking Errwood Reservoir
1 : mi 1.34 - alt. mi 1.34 - Turn right down lane to dam
2 : mi 2.07 - alt. mi 2.07 - Footbridge: keep following path alongside river
3 : mi 2.85 - alt. mi 2.85 - Church: turn right down lane
4 : mi 4.42 - alt. mi 4.42 - Turn right down lane towards dam
D/A : mi 6.02 - alt. mi 6.02 - Finish: car park overlooking Errwood Reservoir
This relaxed short walk is beautiful in any season but the woods viewed across the water in spring and autumn, are exceptional. I have also provided two options that reduce the distance. All the paths are well defined making direction finding very easy.
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Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4.00/4
Routemap quality : 4.00/4
Walk interest : 4.00/4
Global average : 4.00/4
Date of walk : 20/01/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good
A lovely walk on a snowy/rainy day. Very muddy underfoot to start with round the reservoir but a beautiful part of the peaks. As we got higher the rain turned to snow and i have a great picture from the highest point in a snowy field looking down the valley to the reservoir where we parked. We extended the walk to avoid walking back down the road. Instructions and map were clear and easy to follow. Thank you!
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