Start Point Old Manchester Road, by Underbank Dam Click here to see a map of the walk
Grid Reference SK 25345 99428  
Length 6.0 miles Click here to see a photo gallery from this walk.
Grade Some uneven ground, about 1 mile on roads through the works. Some steady ascents.  

Brief Description

An interesting walk full of contrast, from the slopes of Hunshelf bank with panoramic views over the town and beyond to the moors, to the industrial steel mills in the valley floor.



The walk description starts on the old Manchester Road by the dam at Underbank reservoir.

Progress down the old road in the direction of Stocksbridge. When the road narrows and turns to the right take the path up onto the main road. Cross the road and take Underbank Lane up the hill, passing underneath the by-pass.

About 10m after the bridge there is a footpath to the right, which runs parallel to the by-pass. when I researched this walk this path was not sign posted, and it was very over grown with hawthorn and brambles and was almost impenetrable. If the path is not accessible then follow the alternative route.


Alternative route.

Continue up Underbank Lane. Take the first road on the right, which is Hunshelf Road. The lane turns slightly to the right as it passes the cottages. Mucky Lane is the first lane on the left. The lane heads up hill under a series of power lines. Go up Mucky Lane rejoining the main route.


The main route runs parallel to the by-pass, crossing stiles some of which are overgrown.

When the farm buildings are directly above you on the left cross the field on a diagonal. The footpath climbs a set of wooden steps, through a gate, across the dressage ring and through the gate opposite. The stone stile onto the lane is directly ahead.

Turn left and proceed to the next lane on the right which is Mucky Lane (one of several in this area!”).


Proceed up Mucky lane. The path required in on the right hand side. There is a gateway and a stone stile, about 50m before the three sets of power lines cross the path. The path follows the line of an old field boundary and then follow the line of the stone wall steeply up hill.

Keep the wall on your right as you climb the hill. At the to right corner of the field there is a wooden stile leading towards the farm buildings.




Take the lane until you pass out through the gate post about 20m up the lane. The footpath dives off to the right, following the contour and the stone wall along Hunshelf Bank.

The path passes two fields on the right and then enters an open field with gorse to the left on the slopes. Aim for the vehicle track that runs diagonally across the field. Maintain the overall direction of travel along the Bank. when the track passes into the next field take the footpath to the right, aiming for the farm buildings of Edge Cliffe Farm and the lane out towards Pea Royd Lane.

Pass Edge Cliffe Farm and take the lane out to Pea Royd Lane. Go right down the hill until the road turns sharply right.



Take the farm track, on the left, along Hunshelf Bank towards the farm houses. Keep straight on along the track passing the farms.

After some distance pass through the farm yard. Bear right down past the farm buildings, following the lane. As you approach the next farm take the right fork in the lane, going down hill towards Deepcar.

At the junction with the lane to the other farm take the footpath on the right that goes down the hill, keeping the fence to your left. This will bring you to a stile to cross the by-pass. Cross the by-pass. Visibility is good at this crossing point.



On entering the field aim for the power pole. From the pole bear left following the slight ridge down to the bottom corner of the field. (photo) Pass through the gate and follow the lane down to the Station Road.

Turn Right on Station Road. Pass under the railway bridge. Continue for about 100m, then turn right up the lane just before the houses on Truman Grove. Follow this lane up hill, crossing the railway tracks, and out of the woods into open fields with views across to Deepcar.



At Ellen Cliffe farm pass through the farm yard. the footpath cuts down across the field on the left. there are wooden steps down at the start of this path. Aim for the far end of the wall at the bottom of the field. (photo)


Take the path down by the wall, crossing the river and out into the works yard. Turn right across the open ground.




Take the upper route. Follow this road until you arrive at the junction near the main works offices and the shop.



At the junction take Hunshelf Road up the hill with the old factory building on your left.

Continue some distance up Hunshelf Road and pass Pea Royd Lane on the right. After Pea Royd Lane the road swings to the left. Hunshelf Road forks right and narrows.

The footpath takes the left fork through the vehicle barrier and into the works.





Follow this road along swinging gently right and up hill towards the electrical sub stations. After the sub stations the main road drops steeply to the left. Don’t take this road, instead continue straight on onto the unmade track. Pass through the gate and concrete barriers back into the countryside.

Continue along this path until you reach Underbank Lane. Turn left down the hill. Cross Manchester Road and return to the starting point at the dam at Underbank reservoir.

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