10th January, 2012
A good length family walk that takes in some great scenery with excellent views throughout.
The routes starts in Hathersage although there is an alternative parking option which gives a slightly shorter walk but with more reliable parking. After a gentle climb through the trees you open out onto the small almost hidden moor between Stanage and Millstone marked on some maps as High Lees. This gives great views all round. The walk then takes a loop upwards to Over Owler Tor and round and back after a steep descent to Mitchell Field farm.
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Distance: 3.24 miles (5.22 km)
Total ascent: 237m
Steepest Gradient: 15% (1 in 7)
Time: 1:15 – 1:45 hours (Walking)
Park where you can on the Sheffield side of Hathersage. Alternatively, park by the road at waypoint 3 and miss the first section, SK233813
The terrain is quite steep in sections but generally on good paths. It does get muddy from time to time but never too difficult.
The walk can be done year-round although it would be difficult to find the path after deep snow. The section around Over Owler Tor catches the wind.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Peak District & Yorkshire Dales – Met Office: Peak District
There are several buses from Sheffield to Hathersage.
The Millstone Inn is just up the main road from the start.
OS Explorer OL1 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Dark Peak (1:40,000), OS Landranger 110 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
Sheffield (0114 221 1900); Chesterfield (01246 345 777); Buxton (01298 25106)
by Alan James - UKC and UKH