Start Point Heatherdene Car Park (pay and display) A6013 Near A57, Bamford Click here to see a map of the walk
Grid Reference SK 20295 85943  
Length 8.0 miles Click here to see a photo gallery from this walk.
Grade Well marked paths. Long climb to the peak. Mostly good paths, some parts can be muddy in wet weather.  

Brief Description

Win Hill is a popular location in the Peak District, overlooking Ladybower reservoir. There are spectacular views from the summit. There are many paths in the area leading to the hill. This route has a warm up along the side of the valley before a steady climb up from Thornhill village. From Win Hill the route follows the ridge towards Edale before dropping down to the Ladybower reservoir. The route then follows the reservoir back to the start point.



Go out the far end of the car park past the toilet facilities. Follow the path until you reach the steps that go down to the pedestrian crossing to the dam .

Cross the dam wall.

At the end of the dam turn left and take the tarmac lane which goes off gently down hill. (1)



After 300 m take the Thornhill Trail which forks off to the right. (2) The trail was a railway line used in the construction of the reservoir.

Follow the trail until you reach Carr Lane. Cross the lane and take the path on the opposite side of the road. This is the continuation of the Thornhill Trail.

After passing some farm buildings a footpath crosses the trail. Take the path on the right hand side.(3) The path goes up steeply across a small field.



Cross Carr Lane again. Go up the driveway of the house opposite. The stile is part way up the drive. Enter into the field and follow the path as it swings up and right behind the property.


Follow the path until it passes a farm building and opens onto Townhead Lane. Turn right and take the lane up hill. The lane is only a path at this point. (4)


Follow the path up the hill. This part of the route can be muddy in wet weather.



Continue to climb until you reach a footpath sign pointing to the left. Follow the wall up for about 50 meters until you reach the path. Turn right and follow the path in a similar direction to that of Townhead Lane.(5)



Continue along this path. Do not take the path down off to the right about 200m from where you joined the path.

As you approach the wooded area the path forks about 200 m from the woods. Take the right fork.



As you enter the woods the path is crossed by a main path. Turn left up the hill. (6)

The path climbs steeply to the summit of Win Hill. From here there are excellent views across the Peak District, unless there is low cloud as there was on the day I took the pictures for this walk! The pictures in the gallery are from other visits to Win Hill.

From Win Hill continue West along the ridge of the hill following the main path.

After 1.25 miles the path passes through a tumbled down dry stone wall. Turn right and head for the metal gate into the woods. (7)



Follow the track as it first swings to the left, and then as it leaves the woods, turns sharp right down hill.

Continue down through the gate. Cross the track and continue down hill, crossing a second track and entering the woods. (8)

The path swings left and then continues straight down to the track around the edge reservoir


Turn right when you reach the main track along the bank of the reservoir.

Continue along this track until you return to the dam wall. Cross the dam wall and retrace your steps back to the car park.


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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.