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|Sheffield Lodge Moor and Oaking Clough Reservoir|
|Author: Ridcully, Published: 16 Feb 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|South Yorkshire, Redmires|
|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.
|Start to Fox Hagg|
Start point: 53.3718 lat, -1.5744 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|
Start point: 53.3741 lat, -1.5743 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.
|Wyming Brook to Reddicar Hollow|
Start point: 53.3691 lat, -1.5969 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.
|Reddicar Hollow to Head Stone Bank|
Start point: 53.38 lat, -1.6016 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.
|Head Stone Bank to Small Reservoir|
Start point: 53.381 lat, -1.6146 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.
|Small Reservoir to Redmires|
Start point: 53.3741 lat, -1.6295 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|
Start point: 53.3686 lat, -1.6105 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.
|Soughley Lane to End|
Start point: 53.3664 lat, -1.5933 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author Ridcully and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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