Start Point The old Manchester Road, North end of dam Click here to see a map of the walk
Grid Reference SK 25355 99428  
Length Short version 2.0 miles, full version 3.3 miles  
Grade Level. First sections easy going, second part uneven.  

Brief Description

A pleasant walk by the side of Underbank reservoir, with good view and the opportunity to see a variety of birds, depending on the season. The short version goes as far as the Underbank Outdoor Pursuits Centre. The longer version goes all the way along the southern bank to Midhopestones.

Details

The dam wall

The walk starts at the north end of the Dam wall. There is plenty of parking space on the old road. Walk up the old road to the dam wall

Take the path across the dam wall. There are often flocks of ducks and geese at this end of the wall, hoping to be fed by visitors. The are good view up the reservoir from on the wall.

At the south end of the wall take the path to the left and follow it down to the bridge across the spillway. This can get muddy and have puddles in wet weather.

 


Path up by the reservoir

After the bridge take the path up by the side of the spillway, looping round the spillway and heading off by the south bank of the reservoir.

Follow the wide path over the little wooded bridge and along to the Outdoor pursuits centre. A walk to this point and back would be 2.0 miles.

 


Path up through the trees

The path beyond the Centre has been improved and has a hardcore base.

The path follows the south bank of the reservoir all the way to Midhopestones.

The path opens onto Mortimer Road at Midhopestones village. The local pub Ye Olde Mustard Pot is up the hill on Mortimer Road.

The return trip is the reverse of the outward journey.


a view back toward the dam wall

The path opens onto Mortimer Road at Midhopestones village. The local pub Ye Olde Mustard Pot is up the hill on Mortimer Road.

The return trip is the reverse of the outward journey.


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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.