Start Point Car park on Mortimer Road, 300 m North of the Strines Inn, Bradfield, Sheffield S6 6JE Click here to see a map of the walk
Grid Reference SK22100 90923  
Length 8.0 miles Click here to see a photo gallery from this walk.
Grade A short section on roads, then farm tracks and well defined paths. Boggy in places. Steady ascent of 700 ft over 2.5 miles.  

Brief Description

A combination of farm lanes around Dale Dike reservoir followed by a climb onto Ughill Moor, with open views across the Peak District National Park. Well defined paths and tracks, even across Ughill Moor. The descent back to the Strines dam is steep and can be boggy in wet weather.



The route starts at the car park off Mortimer Road. This car park is occasionally closed for forestry work. To avoid walking up the road it is possible to park on the verge at the point were the walk goes down to the reservoir.

From the car park turn left and head over the bridge and then up Mortimer Road. The road swings round to the left. 100 m after the road straightens out there is a farm track off to the right.

Follow the track down past the the farm house. At the farm house take the track which forks off to the left. This track goes along the western side of Dale Dike reservoir.



Follow the track, past a farm and along to the large house at Hallfield. The footpath diverts to the right around the property. The footpath rejoins the farm track on the North side of the property.




Continue along Hall Lane until you approach the farm buildings. The public footpath forks off to the left

The track emerges onto Dale Road. Continue in the same north- easterly heading along Dale Road. The Road drops down past a few buildings.



About 200 m after the houses the road swings round to the right. There is a well marked gateway into the Yorkshire Water Dale Dike Reservoir site. Follow the path as it winds its way down to the stream.

Cross the bridge and follow the path up the steps past the reservoir outfall pipes. The path opens out by the eastern end of the dam wall. This is the new dam which was built in 1875. the original dam failed in 1864 causing the Great Sheffield Flood in which over 200 people died.



Follow the bank of the reservoir for a quarter of a mile. Take the footpath over the stile into the woods (SK 24220 91338). Follow this path up until it meets the track which is running parallel to the reservoir. Turn right onto the track.


The track emerges out of the woods onto a field. The footpath goes up steeply to the left. The path is not initially clear. Keep as close as reasonably possible to the wall as the path follows the boundary of the woods and the field. The path becomes clearer nearer the top.



Cross over Blindside Lane, and over the stile, continuing to climb.

Continue to Hoar Stones Road. The path continues on the other side, slightly offset to the right. My OS map shows woodland to the left of the path, but at the time of writing this had been cleared. Continue along the path to Wet Shaw Lane.

Turn right onto Wet Shaw Lane. After about 100 m Stake Hill Road heads off on the left across Ughill Moor. This is an old route across the moors.

Follow Stake Hill Road for one and a half miles, passing over Ughill Moor to Moscar. The are excellent views over Strines and Dale Dike form this old road.



About 200m before reaching the farm buildings in Moscar there is a footpath over a stile off to the right (SK23500 88478). The path follows the field boundary in a straight line all the way to Sugworth Road. Keep the wall to your left hand side. This section can be a bit boggy so the path tends to weave around as walkers have tried to find firmer ground.


On reaching Sugworth Road turn right and follow the road until you reach the entrance to the driveway to Sugworth Hall. The footpath enters the drive by means of a stile on the left hand side of the ornamental gates.

Continue down the drive for about 100m. The footpath forks off to the right and goes above the house through a rhododendron tunnel.

The tunnel emerges onto open fields with the tower ahead of you.


Boot’s folly was built in 1927 to provide work during the depression. Now in a poor state of repair it originally had a wood paneled interior and a staircase. Apparently a cow wanderer into the tower and managed to climb up to top. It was eventually rescued, but the lower section of stairs was removed to prevent a repeat occurrence.

The path keeps about 100m to the right of the tower. As you draw level with the tower the path swings right and heads in a north-easterly direction towards the spillway from the reservoir. The path is not clear in the field so you will need to look out for the marker posts. Once on the path, descend steeply down to the Strines dam. This part of the path can be very boggy in wet weather and you may need to move away from the path to find a drier route.

At the bottom of the hill follow the path into the field and swing down to the left to the stile in the high wall. Cross the stile and turn left. The path splits as it approaches the steam. take the left fork and cross over the wooden bridge.

Climb back up the bank towards the farm buildings.

Retrace your steps past the farm, up the lane to Mortimer Road, and then left back to the car park.

Refreshments are close at hand at the Strines Inn.


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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.