Start Point Public Car Park, off Fair House Lane, Low Bradfield Click here to see a map of the walk
Grid Reference SK 26235 92032  
Length 5.3 miles Click here to see a photo gallery from this walk.
Grade Gentle ascents, one steep descent, can be muddy in place. Most paths well defined.  

Brief Description

From Low Bradfield the walk climbs through field to High Bradfield. The route passes the church and Bailey hill, passes through a wood before cross more open land. The final section is by Agden Reservoir.




I have started this walk in Low Bradfield, partly because there is plenty of parking available. Go from the car park back onto Fair House Lane and turn left back into the village. Go left over Smithy Bridge.

Go along Smithy Bridge Road and then past the garage and continue east along Lamb hill.

About 250m past the garage there is a lane which forks off and upwards on the left. Take this path.

about 100m before you reach Mill Farm there is a footpath on your left by a bush. There is a square green footpath marker.

Go over the stile and follow the path behind the farm.


Go across the field keeping the wall on your right. Head for the stone stile at the gap in the trees at the bottom of the field.

Go over the stile and immediately pass through the narrow stone stile on your right into the upper field.

Cross this field and the next aiming for the ladder stile near the trees on the far field boundary.

From the ladder stile head up the banking to the wall and wooden stile.


There isn't much of a stone stile remaining but there is a wooden stile immediately over the wall.

Having entered the field continue east keeping close to the wall on your right.

At the next field boundary you will be able to see a ladder stile diagonally across the field. Follow the edge of the field around, keeping the wall on your right until your reach the stile.


Cross the stile.

You will now see two more ladder stiles across the next two fields and up to the road.

Cross the fields and stiles onto the road.

Cross the road taking the lane which is more or less opposite the stile.



Follow the lane up hill, past the cattle shed. Swing left with the lane and continue up hill.

Swing left again as you pass what remains of a holiday chalet.

Continue along the lane in the direction of High Bradfield.

100m from the road there is a ladder stile over the wall on the right.The path goes up the hill to another ladder stile. This path is not shown on my OS map.



At the top of the hill follow the ridge towards High Bradfield.

Pass over the earth works of Castle Hill and drop down to the stiles at the bottom right corner of the field.

Cross the small fields in the direction of the white house.

When your reach the road, turn left and go into High Bradfield.


In High Bradfield take the cobbled road in front of the Old Horns Inn and head towards the church.

Just before the gates to the church turn right and then take the path through the church yard.

At the end of the church yard enter the woods. Take the path to the right, down into the woods. do not take the extreme right path that leads up to Bailey Hill.


Follow the path as it makes a sharp left in the woods.

Drop down to the gate and the stream. Cross over the bridge over the stream and take the track that swings round to the left.

After 200m the path reaches some gateways. Take the gate in front of you and rise up into the field above.

Head across and uphill to reach the main path.




At the end of the field the path reaches a stone stile. Cross the stile into the next field.

Across the field there is a ladder stile next to a broken down wall. Cross this wall into the upper field.

Continue heading the same north westerly direction across the field.

I saw some weasels in this area on a previous walk.


The path leads to some derelict farm buildings.

Follow the lane past the buildings and the barn. Continue along the lane, swinging left up to Smallfield Lane.

Cross the road and take the footpath over the stile into the field opposite.

Head down the field and then head left to the stile out of the field and onto Agden Side Road. Take the path opposite through the heather.


The path turns left and passes through a wall before tracking along the edge of the valley, back towards Agden Reservoir.

There are some good views from here, and a well place bench to sit and admire the scenery.

When the path reaches the woods it turns right and drops steeply. (These woods have been felled since I photographed this walk!)

The path enters the woods and continues down until it turn left and goes down to Agden Reservoir.

Turn right along the lane.

After a short distance you will see the bridge across the stream. Cross the bridge and go through the wooden gate.

The right of way goes up from the gate to the lane and then left along the lane towards Low Bradfield.

There is now a concessionary path by the reservoir.


Follow the path through the woods, taking the lower route when options arise.

You will eventually end up on the lane which ever route you take.

Follow Windy Bank past the reservoir and down to the T junction. Turn left down Fair House Lane, the left again over Smithy Bridge.

On summer days there might be an ice cream van by the village green.



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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.