Start Point Bolsterstone village. Click here to see a map of the walk
Grid Reference SK 27130 96773  
Length 6.8 miles  
Grade Mostly good paths, well marked, steep in places.  

Brief Description

A delightful walk taking in sweeping views of the Ewden valley and beyond, combined with the calm of the woods by the reservoirs. There is a steep descent down to Broomhead reservoir, and a steady climb back up from Morehall reservoir. Many of the paths used on this walk are permissive paths courtesy of Yorkshire Water. These paths are not shown on ordnance survey maps.



The starting point for this walk is the Saint Mary’s Church in Bolsterstone. Facing the church turn left and take the right fork between the cottages and the village hall, down Heads Lane.

Follow Heads lane, passing Walderhaigh on the left.



About 50m after the lane down to the farm the footpath goes off to the left (photo), through a gate and down to the farm. Turn right in the farm yard, through the gate. Go round the buildings and head down hill past the farm buildings and into the field.



Keeping the wall to your left pass through two fields. Keep by the wall until you reach the gateway in the wall. The footpath now goes diagonally off to the bottom right corner of the field. The stile is not visible until you get over the brow of the ridge

Go over the stile and follow the path down through the woods. After a quarter of a mile there is a new permissive path off to the right. This path leads to the bridge at the top of Broomhead reservoir and avoids having to walk along the road. The permissive path follow the fence by the area of woodland that has been recently harvested.

The path emerges close to the bridge. Cross the bridge and take the permissive path on the left almost immediately after the bridge. This path follows the reservoir and avoids having to walk along New Road.



At the end of the path it opens out onto New Road at the point were a lane forks off to the left. Follow this lane along past the remainder of Broomhead Reservoir and down to Jack Lane.

Turn left. After 400m there is a permissive path to the right which goes along the side of More Hall reservoir.

Follow the path along the side of the reservoir and then across the dam wall.

At the end of the dam turn right. Follow this road past More Hall Farm and down to the Manchester Road, As you pass out through the big gateway at the end of the lane turn almost back on yourself on the left, and head uphill along More Hall Lane.



After about 400m take the footpath on the right. The path climbs and swing round to the left until it emerges out at a junction of paths and fields.



The path turns left past the large tree (photo) The path then goes along with the wall to your left, and then climbs steeply into the woods, past the Wantley Dragon sculpture.

Follow the path up the hill. the path widens into a lane called Hollin Edge Lane. Follow the lane to the farm yard. As you approach the farm yard take the track up to the left and then after about 50m turn right.


The route goes along Bank Lane which is the lane between the walls at the top corner of the farm area.

Follow Bank lane across the hill and down to the cross roads and property entrance. Turn right along the lane with the woods on your right and fields to your left. Enter the field at the metal gate. The path goes across to the fields toward the farm.

At the farm follow the path around the rear of the farm house and continue along the ridge back towards Bolsterstone.

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Ordnance Survey maps should be used in conjunction with these instructions.