Sutton in Ashfield Rambling Club


Other walks:

Derwent Heritage Way
Heights of Abraham
Ashover ramble
Crich Christmas Ramble
Hiking in Castleton
Monsal Dale, Peak District
Lathkill Dale Walk, Derbyshire
Belper walk, Derbyshire
Hope Valley walks
Crowden hiking
Matlock Bath Ramble
Coombes Dale, Peak District
Carsington rambling

Sutton in Ashfield Rambling Club
Ladybower Reservoir / Mam Tor Ramble
Sunday, 6 September 2009

This is a previous walk by the Sutton in Ashfield Rambling Club in the Peak District. Please click for details of the next walk or a walking calendar.

On Sunday (6th September 2009) the Sutton rambling club will continue their popular series of walks in the Dark Peak area including the Ladybower Reservoir, Hope village, Mam Tor and Castleton village. There will be a various routes available ranging in distance between 7 and 12 miles.

Hope Valley view from Mam Tor

The walk starts at the Ladybower Dam (Heather Dene Car Park-grid ref SK 202859) and follows the Heritage Way footpath along the wall of the Dam before turning north west along the Ashop arm of the reservoir through the Woodlands Valley.. After a couple of miles we head SE then SW and ascend the wooded slope past Wooler Knoll and on to the flanks of Win Hill.

Given reasonable visibility there are excellent views at this point including the Edale and Hope valleys and the long scarps of Derwent, Stanage and Bamford Edges. The route then drops down to join the Roman. Road at Hope Cross and continues down into Hope village via Fullwood Stile Farm and Killhill Bridge. At Hope we will enjoy our lunch break ,refreshments will be available in the village. The morning section of the walk will cover a distance of 5 miles.

After lunch there are various options. The main walk will head SW from Hope church along Pinfold Lane,past the cement works, and proceed up Pin Dale and Dirtlow Rake following an ancient byway.. After crossing the Limestone Way the route heads North past Rowter Farm and Windy Knoll and onwards up to the summit of Mam Tor (the highest point of the walk with extensive views,weather permitting). There follows the flagged descent to Hollins Cross and the steep path down the Hollowford Road to our final destination Castleton village. This afternoon section is a distance of 7 miles.

The shorter and less demanding alternative afternoon walks are:

B. Continue with the main party as far as Windy Knoll ,as above, but then head east down the Winnats Pass, past the Speedwell Cavern entrance and on to Castleton. Distance 6 miles.

C. Continue with the main party as far as the Limestone Way junction and then follow the L.W. in a NE direction . Finish by descending down Cave Dale into Castleton. Distance 5 miles.

D. The gentlest alternative is to follow the Pinfold Lane for a quarter of a mile and then head west along the signposted route to Castleton across meadows and by a brook. Distance 2 miles

The McEwens coach will leave for home at approx 6.15 pm. It will be parked at the coach bay opposite the Cheshire Cheese pub in Castlton (grid ref SK 152831)

We are pleased to be welcoming new members on nearly every ramble. This would be a good way to start with the club with different routes to choose from. There is no need to prebook your seat on the coach.

The McEwens coach leaves the "Staff of Life" pub on Hack Lane in Sutton-in-Ashfield at 9.15 am and the Bancroft Lane end, Stockwell Gate (near the Netto supermarket) in Mansfield at 9.30 am. There are other pick-up points available en route.

Please click to see other pick-up points available.

If you would like further information about the club please phone John on 01623 796396 or Diane on 01623 408704 or click for the 2009 programme of walks and previous walks.