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Sheffield Lodge Moor and Oaking Clough Reservoir

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Sheffield Lodge Moor and Oaking Clough Reservoir
Author: Ridcully, Published: 16 Feb 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
South Yorkshire, Redmires
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Sheffield Lodge Moor and Oaking Clough Reservoir
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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An 8-mile circular walk taking in some rarely-used spots west of Sheffield, accessible by good public transport. There is a small reservoir up on Hallam Moors, and that is the focal point of this walk. It begins with a walk through the woods above Fox Hagg, to descend to Wyming Brook, where it ascends immediately to walk along the edge of Ash Cabin Flat. Descending steeply to follow Wyming Brook Drive for a short while, it climbs west to take in the curious Head Stone before continuing across to ascend Oaking Clough and reach the small, isolated, innominate reservoir: an ideal place for lunch on a fine day. Return is via the well-defined path alongside the conduit, to reach the Redmires Reservoirs. A walk through the waterworks at Redmires Plantation brings us to another conduit which is followed back to Lodge Moor.

The walk follows mainly clear paths, with a few sections across well-defined moorland paths. Some sections can get muddy. You will need to negotiate a few stiles and squeeze gaps. The walk crosses a set of stepping stones but these can be avoided if you prefer. You are unlikely to encounter any livestock, although you may come across the odd sheep on the moor so take care with dogs.

The walk starts and ends on Redmires Road in Sheffield, at the terminus of the regular 51 bus service to Lodge Moor. Bus frequency is every 10-15 minutes Monday to Friday, and every 30 minutes on Sunday. If you are coming by car, some roadside parking is available. Approximate post code S10 4LG.

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Walk Sections

Start to Fox Hagg
Start to Fox Hagg

Start point: 53.3718 lat, -1.5744 long
End point: 53.3741 lat, -1.5743 long

From the bus terminus, walk left (west) along the road for a short distance before taking the signposted path to the right before Allen Sike Farm. The path drops down and round to the left, where there is a choice of paths. Take the less clear upper path, avoiding the clearer path which descends to Rivelin Dams.

Fox Hagg to Wyming Brook
Fox Hagg to Wyming Brook

Start point: 53.3741 lat, -1.5743 long
End point: 53.3695 lat, -1.5956 long

Follow the upper path, which turns south-west and maintains height with walls to your left all the way through woodland to Wyming Brook.

Almost at the end of the path, your route descends right to Wyming Brook. You will see on your right that the valley has opened up considerably, affording a gentle descent to cross the stream via stepping stones.

(If you are unable to descend here or uncomfortable with crossing the stream, just continue along the main path to reach the road, turn right and then right again to enter Wyming Brook.)

Wyming Brook to Reddicar Hollow
Wyming Brook to Reddicar Hollow

Start point: 53.3691 lat, -1.5969 long
End point: 53.3792 lat, -1.6046 long

After crossing the stream and ascending the bank, pass a large board showing a You-Are-Here map, and find the path that climbs sharply right above Wyming Brook Drive and on to Ash Cabin Flat.

Follow the path with woods on your right and moorland on your left, until you reach the vicinity of Reddicar Clough, at which point you need to descend to the Wyming Brook Drive road. The descent is short, and a little steep, but you will have a choice of places from which to descend.

Turn left along Wyming Brook Drive road, and follow it as it bends right, over a bridge, to reach the start of a path that climbs up to the left.

Reddicar Hollow to Head Stone Bank
Reddicar Hollow to Head Stone Bank

Start point: 53.38 lat, -1.6016 long
End point: 53.3812 lat, -1.6143 long

Climb up the path (a choice of tracks, but try to maintain height), with Reddicar Clough on your left, all the way to reach a junction with a well-defined path that runs left and right in front of you, with the Head Stone clearly visible straight ahead.

Getting up to the Head Stone can be awkward (the paths are narrow, heather-strewn and possibly very wet or muddy) but it is well worth a visit to this curiosity if you can manage it. If you do visit, then just retrace your steps back to this well-defined path once you have finished.

Head Stone Bank to Small Reservoir
Head Stone Bank to Small Reservoir

Start point: 53.381 lat, -1.6146 long
End point: 53.3808 lat, -1.6225 long

Follow the well-defined path for a short distance south (i.e. right if you visited the Head Stone, left if you did not). Turn right to go through a gate in the wall on your right, and walk generally straight ahead (west) making your way across Round Hill to reach a junction with a good track heading up and down above Oaking Clough. Turn left along the track.

The track soon becomes less well-defined, but still clear as it ascends the clough above Rivelin Brook, and you should always have sight of a ruined hut ahead of you, which is where you are making for.

On reaching a clear path running alongside a conduit, turn right and continue to the end to reach the reservoir.

Small Reservoir to Redmires
Small Reservoir to Redmires

Start point: 53.3741 lat, -1.6295 long
End point: 53.3686 lat, -1.6105 long

After enjoying the peace and seclusion of the reservoir, head back the way you came, but now follow the conduit on your right, all the way to the road and the Redmires Reservoirs. The path is long but well-defined and walking is easy - though the occasional bench is provided should you need it.

Redmires to Soughley Lane
Redmires to Soughley Lane

Start point: 53.3686 lat, -1.6105 long
End point: 53.3686 lat, -1.6036 long

On reaching the road at Redmires, turn left and follow it all the way past the middle reservoir, until you see a step-stile on your right that leads into Redmires Plantation. Take this path through the wood, until you come out into the roads and buildings of the waterworks.

Turn left along the first road (there should be a large building to your right), and at the junction turn right and follow the road to the end. At this point, turn left, with a reservoir to your right. When the reservoir bank curves away right, keep left to reach Soughley Lane.

Soughley Lane to End
Soughley Lane to End

Start point: 53.3664 lat, -1.5933 long
End point: 53.3682 lat, -1.5938 long

Turn left along Soughley Lane and further along take a squeeze-stile on your right (marked with a public footpath sign). Follow the path (which can be muddy at times) alongside Redmires Conduit on your right, until you reach the road (Lodge Moor Road). Turn sharp left immediately through a stile, and follow the path to the left of the buildings, all the way down to Redmires Road. Turn right, and the bus terminus (where the walk began) is a short distance along on the right.

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