Start Point Leisure centre car park, Moorland Drive, Stocksbridge S36 1EG Click here to see a map of the walk
Grid Reference SK 26245 98178  
Length 3.0 miles Total ascent 466 ft  
Grade Uneven ground, gets very muddy in wet weather  

Brief Description

Whitwell Moor is mostly open moorland with heather and the odd copse. The trig point is a frequently visited local landmark with superb views across in the Peak District national park in one direction and up towards Leeds in the opposite direction. The moor supports a wide variety of wildlife.

Details

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Start the walk from the top end of the car park of Stocksbridge leisure centre. Take the tarmac path that head off up the hill. After 200 yards the path moves out form the bushes to a clear view across the playing fields.

Turn left off the path just after the bench and head off up hill across the grass toward to top corner of the playing fields.

Pass over the low stone style and follow the path along the edge of the field to the old wooden kissing gate. Keep heading up hill along the lane with the playing fields to your back.

 


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When the lane joins the tarmac road turn left. Continue up the road until you reach the junction.

Mucky lane heads off to the right onto the moor. In wet weather it will be obvious how mucky lane got its name.

Make your way up Mucky Lane.

Pass through the wooded stile at the top of the lane. The path continues in the same direction, although you may need to meander to avoid the really wet bits!

When the stone wall on the left turn towards Hunger Hill the path to the Trig point heads off slightly to the right of the previous path. The path is well trodden and easy to see.

 


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Climb up across the moor until you emerge onto a grassy area. The trig point is now visible a few hundred yards away.

Aim for the stone gateway just to the right of the track. From the gateway head across the field and up to the Trig Point. Sit back and take time to admire the wonderful views in all directions.

 

 


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The return route continues from the Trig Point in the same direction as before.

Go though a gap in the wall and take the well made track.

You will be able to see a copse ahead and to the right. The path will eventually turn to descent through that area.

 


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After following the wall for a few hundred yards until you are above the copse.

Take the path down to the copse. The path can be difficult to locate in the copse in summer, but it runs down the left hand side of the copse. The path leaves the copse at the bottom left corner and heads over to the gate in the wall.

Cross the road and take the unmade lane. This is the old coach road. Follow this lane down hill until you reach the next road.

Turn right onto the road and follow the road around various bends until you get to the farm.


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There is a footpath sign indication the path over a stone stile and into a triangular filed.

The path follows the wall by the left hand side of the field all the way to the top corner where the path goes over a high stone stile.

Turn left down the lane and then retrace your origin route through the kissing gate and down to the sports centre car park.


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