Start Point Car park, The Sands, Low Bradfield Click here to see a map of the walk
Grid Reference SK 2626 9204  
Length 12.5 miles Click here to see a photo gallery from this walk.
Grade Gentle ascents, some rough ground, can be boggy in place. Exposed to the elements on the moor. Most paths well defined.  

Brief Description

From Low Bradfield the walk climbs through fields to High Bradfield. The route passes the church and Bailey hill, passes through a wood before cross more open land. The route follows the old Dukes Road onto the moors to Back Tor. The route then drops down Foulstone Road before returning to ow Bradfield by the side of Dale Dike Reservoir.


Keep to the left

From the car park take the path around the back of the car park in the direction of the village hall.

Do not cross the bridge. Continue up the left bank of the stream until you reach the narrow wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and ascend the stone steps.

Continue up the path until you emerge onto Smallfield Lane. Beware of traffic

Cross Smallfield Road and go up the steps and through the metal gate.

Continue up the hill in the same direction as before. Follow the path up by the trees, aiming for the church in High Bradfield.

Pass below the church. The path goes to the right of the churchyard up a path between the church yard and the houses.

The path brings you out by the main entrance to the church yard.

The watch tower

The building on your left by the church yard is a watchtower built to prevent body snatching.

The footpath goes left behind the watchtower. Take the path through the church yard and on into the woods.

As the path enters the woods the path splits three ways. The right fork goes up to Bailey Hill. The left turn goes down to Agden Reservoir. Take the middle path (slightly to the right) which descends slowly into the woods.

Follow the path as it turns left in the woods.

The path drops down to Rocher End Brook. Go through the gate and go straight on taking the wide track. Do not turn right up the hill.

Pass through the gate way

Follow the track round until you reach the junction.

Go up through the stone gateway ahead on the right.

Go up the slope and head slightly to your right until you join the track.

Follow the track until you reach the stone stile. Cross the stile and then cross the field to the next stile, which is on its own with no fence!

Follow the path along past the ruined farm buildings at Rocher Head.


Cross the field

Continue along the lane, ignoring the path off to the right.

Continue up to the main road. Beware of traffic.

Cross the road taking the footpath opposite.

Cross the field, aiming for the gateway at the far end.

Continue up through the next field. At the entrance to the field take the path to the right keeping the wall on your left.

Dukes Road

This path emerges onto Mortimer Road. Again beware of traffic. Cross the road and take to old Dukes Road onto the moor.

The path start out as a well made track, but slowly degenerates into a rough and sometimes boggy path.

Follow the path for 2.5 miles.


As Low Tor and Back Tor get closer a the path splits, with the right fork dropping down to Derwent Reservoir.

The split occurs near a couple of cairns.

Keep to the left path. The next section has been paved with slabs and should be visible from the junction. The path is reasonable well defined.


Black Tor

Follow the paved path past Low Tor and up to Back Tor.

Enjoy the views from Back Tor across the Dark Peak, including Win Hill, Loose Hill, Mam Tor, Kinder Scout and Bleaklow.

Marker stone

From Back Tor continue south towards Dove Stones for a short distance until you reach the cross roads of paths, marked by the upright marker stone.

Turn left and go down the path known as Foulstone Road.

Follow this path all the way down to the Mortimer Road. Beware of traffic.

Track down to Strines reservoir

Turn left and follow Mortimer Road for nearly half a mile.

After the left hand turn take the farm track down towards Strines reservoir. (SK 22710 90883)

Path to Dale Dike

Follow the lane round to the left and past the farm buildings.

Turn right towards the Strines dam wall. Take the footpath that goes down across the field on the left.

Go down through the woods and across the wooden bridge.

Take the right fork indicated by the yellow arrow on the marker post.

Follow the path along by the side of Dale Dike reservoir.

Memorial plaque

At the end of the reservoir follow the path down steps and across a wide bridge. Follow the track as it winds back up to the road. Just before the road look out for the stones that mark the position of the original dam that failed causing the Sheffield Flood.

Turn right and then go down Dale Road back to Low Bradfield.

Beware of traffic.

Sands Lane and the car park will be on your left as you drop into the village.

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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.