Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

A walk closely following the banks of Yorkshire Water's Damflask Reservoir on the north eastern edge of the Peak District. At the beginning of the route there is a tactile map of the reservoir, which helps with orientation and way-finding. The route was travelled in an anti-clockwise direction. This route is 3.5 miles. The walk, on two occasions, changes onto quiet country roads (one section with pavement, one without), but otherwise is confined to a good firm, crushed limestone surface generally over 2 meters wide. Much of the route is lightly wooded but there are also fine views in one direction towards Bradfield Dale and in the other towards Sheffield. Much of the route is level, but there are some gradients steeper than 1:8 - see the tactile map at the New Road entrance, for the level path option.

Surveyed by: Phil Chambers, June 2015 (Summer)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 5.4 km

Public Transport: The No.s 61 & 62 buses follow a circular route, anticlockwise and clockwise respectively, from Hillsborough Interchange, via Loxley, Stannington, Dungworth, Low Bradfield and High Bradfield. The route runs on the roads that are directly adjacent to, and sometimes comprise of part, this walk. Buses run all day Monday - Saturday from 0700 to 2330; and on Sunday from 1000 to 2300.
Car Park: No formal car park, however, there is plenty of roadside parking.
Steps: No
Barriers: Only barriers are some steep gradients; where some wheelchair users may require assistance and route is partly on a road,without pavements. where extra care should be taken.
Toilets: Nearest toilets, including accessible toilet RADAR key, at Low Bradfield.

Full Profile

Start point, entrance gap from pavement onto waterside path. Roadside parking and bus stop here.

Start Start point, entrance gap from pavement onto waterside path. Roadside parking and bus stop here.

Tactile map helps orientation and navigation and also shows level access linear route

Information Tactile map helps orientation and navigation and also shows level access linear route

Route begins with flat path, more than  2 metres wide.

Path Route begins with flat path, more than 2 metres wide.

Surface is good. Hard, crushed limestone.

Surface Surface is good. Hard, crushed limestone.

1st bench is a 250 metres into route.

Seat 1st bench is a 250 metres into route.

Good wide level surface

Path Good wide level surface

Long, steady rise to first gate. Not steeper than 1:20 gradient.

Path Long, steady rise to first gate. Not steeper than 1:20 gradient.

Route joins pavement of New Rd (B6076)

Gate Route joins pavement of New Rd (B6076)

Path continues alongside road, on wide pavement

Path Path continues alongside road, on wide pavement

 

Feature of Interest

Automated machine for purchase of tickets for fishing.

Fishing Automated machine for purchase of tickets for fishing.

Path crosses dam wall, consistently flat with fine views

Path Path crosses dam wall, consistently flat with fine views

 

View

Excellent views from dam wall towards Bradfield.

View Excellent views from dam wall towards Bradfield.

 

View

One of several bus stops on the route that are served by the 61/62 services from Hillsborough Interchange.

Public Transport One of several bus stops on the route that are served by the 61/62 services from Hillsborough Interchange.

Route returns to waterside path through gap in wall, at least 1.2 metres wide.

Gate Route returns to waterside path through gap in wall, at least 1.2 metres wide.

Information board detailing the history of Damflask village, formerly standing on the site of the current reservoir.

Information Information board detailing the history of Damflask village, formerly standing on the site of the current reservoir.

Immediate downward gradient of 1:6, but with good quality path

Gradient Immediate downward gradient of 1:6, but with good quality path

Slight downward gradient at 1:22

Gradient Slight downward gradient at 1:22

Short (5m) upward gradient at 1:6

Gradient Short (5m) upward gradient at 1:6

Route levels out on approach to sailing launch and clubhouse. Bench situated off main path.

Seat Route levels out on approach to sailing launch and clubhouse. Bench situated off main path.

Damflask boating clubhouse. Several benches on concrete porch with shelter.

Boating Damflask boating clubhouse. Several benches on concrete porch with shelter.

Two short gradients creating peak in path immediately after clubhouse 1:10 rise and 1:22 drop.

Gradient Two short gradients creating peak in path immediately after clubhouse 1:10 rise and 1:22 drop.

Stone carving, beside path - see sailing features

Feature of Interest Stone carving, beside path - see sailing features

Bench with shelter.

Shelter Bench with shelter.

Regular seating on this stretch

Seat Regular seating on this stretch

Route undulates along this section, steepest section 1:11, mildest 1:25.

Path Route undulates along this section, steepest section 1:11, mildest 1:25.

 

Seat

One of many benches situated along this section.

Seat One of many benches situated along this section.

 

Path

Beautiful views across reservoir all along this section.

View Beautiful views across reservoir all along this section.

Some steeper sections over 10 metres; 1:6 gradient.

Gradient Some steeper sections over 10 metres; 1:6 gradient.

 

Seat

Bridge. Gradient 1:12 rise across bridge and beyond.

Gradient Bridge. Gradient 1:12 rise across bridge and beyond.

Regular seats. Exposed tree roots at base of bench.

Seat Regular seats. Exposed tree roots at base of bench.

Path gradually descends between two bridges.

Path Path gradually descends between two bridges.

 

Path

Second bridge; level access

Path Second bridge; level access

Route rises sharply at 1:6 gradient immediately after bridge for 15 metres.

Gradient Route rises sharply at 1:6 gradient immediately after bridge for 15 metres.

Extended, 20 metre rise at 1:11 gradient.

Gradient Extended, 20 metre rise at 1:11 gradient.

Welcome bench amid the most difficult section of the route. Surface is consistently excellent throughout.

Seat Welcome bench amid the most difficult section of the route. Surface is consistently excellent throughout.

Steep 1:8 gradient rising to the gate and road.

Gradient Steep 1:8 gradient rising to the gate and road.

Wide exit onto road, with accompanying information boards.

Information Wide exit onto road, with accompanying information boards.

Lamb Hill. Wide, well surfaced open road; no pavement. Take extra care.

Path Lamb Hill. Wide, well surfaced open road; no pavement. Take extra care.

Historic stone horse trough, filled by natural spring running towards reservoir.

Feature of Interest Historic stone horse trough, filled by natural spring running towards reservoir.

Path

Path

Take a left turn across School Bridge.

Direction Take a left turn across School Bridge.

Take first left after bridge to rejoin waterside path.

Direction Take first left after bridge to rejoin waterside path.

1:8 gradient descent immediately after rejoining path.

Gradient 1:8 gradient descent immediately after rejoining path.

Steady 1:24 gradient rise over 20 metres.

Path Steady 1:24 gradient rise over 20 metres.

 

Seat

1:7 gradient rising.

Gradient 1:7 gradient rising.

1:14 gradient descending.

Gradient 1:14 gradient descending.

Benches at periodic distance along path

Seat Benches at periodic distance along path

 

Path

Path continues for 200 metres with only slight gradients and excellent surface.

Path Path continues for 200 metres with only slight gradients and excellent surface.

 

Path

Seat situated off path on side of reservoir.

Seat Seat situated off path on side of reservoir.

First of three parallel paths that lead off the main route up to road, very steep 1:6 gradient.

Path First of three parallel paths that lead off the main route up to road, very steep 1:6 gradient.

 

Seat

Path flat through wooded area.

Path Path flat through wooded area.

Bench positioned next to the path

Seat Bench positioned next to the path

 

Path

Route leading up to steps, steep gradient 1:6.

Gradient Route leading up to steps, steep gradient 1:6.

Short flight of steps leads to road; does not interfere with route. Very gentle gradient after steps: 1:35>40.

Path Short flight of steps leads to road; does not interfere with route. Very gentle gradient after steps: 1:35>40.

 

Path

 

Seat

Path

At bench concrete path leads off main route and descends to accessible fishing platform; gradient 1:15.

Seat At bench concrete path leads off main route and descends to accessible fishing platform; gradient 1:15.

Accessible viewpoint and fishing platform

Viewing Platform Accessible viewpoint and fishing platform

Accessible fishing platforms; three available depending on water levels.

Fishing Accessible fishing platforms; three available depending on water levels.

Path beyond turning for fishing platform.

Path Path beyond turning for fishing platform.

Path describes even and flat route back to beginning, no gradients or obstacles.

Path Path describes even and flat route back to beginning, no gradients or obstacles.

End

Yorkshire Water Damflask Reservoir Phototrail

 

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