Start Point Langsett Barn Car Park. (Toilet facilities available.) Click here to see a map of the walk
Grid Reference SE 21050 00458  
Length 4.0 miles  
Grade Woodland paths opening out to moorland. Well marked paths. Uneven ground. can be boggy after wet weather.  

Brief Description

A walk which combines woodland with views across open moorland. Much of the walk is on Yorkshire Water land and consequently is very well signed and maintained. There is a steady climb from the top of the reservoir to the turn on the moor, but the views are well worth the walk. The path leads on to North America for those who want an intercontinental feel to their walk!


Parking is free at the Langsett Barn car park. It does get busy, so if it is full use the lay-by 200m further up the hill from the main car park.

There are three routes from the Langsett Barn car park to the Brookhouse Bridge at the top end of the reservoir. They all lead to the same location.

The paths exit from the corner opposite the barn.

The top path has been constructed as a bridle way, and is wide and has a chippings surface. This can be the best path following wet weather.

The second path runs along the top of the woods on the other side of the wall to the bridle path.

The third path heads down into the woods and works its way down to follow the side of the reservoir. The views are best from this path.

path down to the stream

At the top end of the reservoir turn left and head down the steep lane to Brookhouse Bridge over the Little River Don, also known as the Porter.

Cross the bridge to the gates. In summer this is a popular spot for children to paddle in the shallow water.


Gate onto access land

Take the single gate on the left of the bridge and enter onto the Access Land.

The path swings back on itself as it climbs up to the moorland. Follow the well wide path up onto the moor.


path across the moor to north america

After 1/4 mile from opening out on the moorland there is a marker post and a broken down stone wall. The main path continues up to Mickleden Edge and the Derwent Valley beyond. Take the wide path off to the left.

There are great views of Langsett Reservoir and beyond from this point.


Follow the path across the moor. The path will take you to the ruins of the North America farm buildings. These buildings were used for target practice in the second world war.

Take the path by the wall

Go through the gate and travel down Thickwoods Lane and cross the stream on the little bridge. Continue along the lane and through the next gate. The lane swings up to the right. Follow the path that goes straight on by the side of the reservoir.

Follow the path through the woods. After a few hundred metres the path swings up to the right and climbs to Joseph Lane. Go thorough the gate onto the Lane. Turn left and go down the lane to the main road, Midhope Cliff Lane. Turn left onto the road and follow the road over the dam and back towards the Langsett village.

Go through the gate on the left by the spillway and then take the path back up to the car park at Langsett barn.

Now you have finished the walk why not stroll back to The Waggon and Horses Inn for a Pint and a meal, or if you prefer the Langsett Cafe across the road is also very popular.

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Ordnance Survey Explorer map OL1 cover the Stocksbridge area along with the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park and should be used in conjunction with these instructions.