A walk of extreme contrasts: from Sheffield's urban centre through narrow valleys and across wild moorland to the Dark Peak's gritstone edges, and a lush finish into the Hope Valley
|Length||25.5 km (15.9 mi), of which 5.7 km (3.5 mi) on tarmac or concrete. Cumulative ascent/descent: 760/663m. For a shorter walk and an alternative ending, see below Walk options.|
|Toughness||9 out of 10 Time: 6 ¾ hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 13 hours.|
|Map||OS Landranger Map: 110 (Sheffield & Huddersfield) OS Explorer Map: 278 (Sheffield & Barnsley) and OL1 (The Peak District – Dark Peak Area)|
This walk leads from the centre of one of the most populous British cities through gradually less urban areas into excellent wild walking country (think ancient woodlands, tumbling streams and panoramic views) on to the rugged moorlands and dramatically sculpted gritstone outcrops (or ‘edges’) of the Peak District’s iconic Dark Peak area. All in the one day, on the same walk, just two hours from London.
Sheffield (Midland) Station is the terminus of the Midland Main Line from London St. Pancras, with up to two trains per hour (journey time from 118 mins Mondays-Saturdays, longer on Sundays). Bamford Station is on the Hope Valley Line from Manchester, with a journey time of 24 mins to Sheffield. Hollow Meadows (opp. Moscar Lodge) is a bus stop on lines 273/274/275 (Castleton/Bakewell – Yorkshire Bridge – Sheffield Interchange), with up to 6 buses a day (last bus 18.46 hours Mon-Sun).
To cut some – or all – of the tarmac-heavy urban stretches at the start take one of the bus shortcut options from Sheffield Interchange (see the walk directions for how to get there from the train station). Details about bus frequency, bus stops to use, and the exact walk route once off the bus are provided at the end of the main walk text under ‘Bus Shortcuts’:
An Alternative Start from Grindleford (up Padley Gorge to The Fox House Inn) cuts 10.1 km/6.3 mi.
|Lunch and Tea||
Forge Dam Café Carr Forge Dam, Fulwood, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 4GN (0114 230 9248). The Forge Dam Cafe is located 7.0 km (4.4 mi) into the walk on the fringes of Sheffield, on the border of the Peak District and a very early lunch stop. Open daily (except Xmas Day) 09.30-17.00.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk