29th September, 2018
A delightful loop walk that tackles the wonderful Win Hill - one of the few actual 'peaks' in the Peak District, and then makes the most of the height gain with a long and leisurely return to the starting point near the Yorkshire Bridge.
As with many good walks, this one starts with a short and savage climb up from the parking gaining all your height pretty much in the first 20 minutes. Once up high you get super 360 degree views from the top of Win Hill which must be one of the best summits in the Peak. From here the walk offers delightful views for most of its length as you walk along the double-back and drop down towards the tiny village of Aston. A short road section (very quiet) follows before more pleasant fields lead back to the start.
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Distance: 5 miles (8 km)
Total ascent: 404m
Steepest Gradient: 39% (1 in 3)
Time: 2:30 – 3 hours (Walking)
The steep road which drops down from the main A6013 by the Yorkshire Bridge pub, SK198850
Bamford village is just down the road.
The paths are mostly good although it can get muddy in winter or after heavy rain.
Can be attempted year-round unless there is heavy snow.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Peak District & Yorkshire Dales – Met Office: Peak District
There are two pubs near by - the Yorkshire Bridge is the closest but the Ladybower Inn across the other side of the reservoir is a better bet.
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); Buxton (01298 25106); Glossop (01457 855 920)
by Alan James - UKC and UKH