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Win Hill from Heatherdene

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Win Hill from Heatherdene
Author: ptruman, Published: 01 Jan 2010 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Derbyshire, Dark Peak
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Win Hill from Heatherdene
Length: 9 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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At 462m above sea level, the views from Win Hill are tremendous and, given it stands more or less on its own, panoramic. The views start in the north looking over Ladybower Reservoir and up the Upper Derwent Valley to Derwent Edge, Stanage Edge, the Derwent Valley, the Great Ridge and Mam Tor and of course Kinder Scout.
There are many walks and well marked paths in the area looked after by Severn Trent Water and the uplands are Open Access land, but this route is one of the longer ones that runs up Win Hill to get the views quickly, then down the far side and around the plantations before dropping down to the track that runs along the bank of Ladybower Reservoir. The views do not stop though as there are once again great views of Derwent Edge from the track alongside the reservoir.
This route takes about 4 hours including a stop on the top of Win Hill, essential for refreshments and a gawp at the surrounding views!
Much of the area followed by this route is over land managed by Severn Trent Water, whose main priority here is the reservoirs that are used to store drinking water and manage the river flow in the Derwent. Water is also used for drinking water supplies and passes along a 28 mile aqueduct to Ambergate and eventually to Derby and Leicester.
The reservoirs here were constructed in two phases, the first from 1901 to 1917 which saw the Howden and Derwent Dams completed. It was here during World War II that the 617 Squadron, led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, practiced their raids that would lead to the destructive raid on the German Ruhr valley dams in May 1943. It is still sometimes possible to see preserved Lancaster bombers flying down the Derwent Valley, quite an awesome sight and sound.
The third reservoir, Ladybower, was built from 1935 to 1945. It is the latter that meant that the villages of Derwent and Ashopton were flooded although some of the remains of both can occasionally be seen when the reservoir level is particularly low. The only parts of Ashopton visible on this route are the houses just above the A57; these can be seen from the path alongside the reservoir towards the end of the walk.
The dam itself is a puddle-core design meaning it is not a solid masonry built dam but has a clay core surrounding by earth, concrete and stone. It has apparently sufferred more than 1.5m of settlement since it was constructed necessitating raising the level and reinforcement the down slope. There is, I'm happy to hear, a significant margin built in for future settlement!
On the slopes of Win Hill there is a significant amount of managed woodland and there is rarely a time when you do not see logging going on at some point along the route. But once above the trees you enter Open Access Land.
A marvellous characteristic of Win Hill is that it is largely open all the way round and not part of another ridge. This does open up the views and from the summit the views are truly breathtaking, quite literally on a windy day!

The walks starts from the Heatherdene car park which is situated off the A57 on the A6013 near to Yorkshire Bridge between Ladybower and Bamford. Approximate post code S33 0AZ.

Walk Sections

Heatherdene to Ladybower
Heatherdene to Ladybower

Start point: 53.3688 lat, -1.6972 long
End point: 53.3702 lat, -1.7055 long

From the car park at Heatherdene walk along the footpath back towards the dam. You can see Win Hill on your right, the top being just visible above the trees. Once you get to the dam cross the road and before you walk across the dam spare a moment to look at the reservoir overflow - if there's a lot of water it can be fascinating to see the water tumble over the sides and down the hole that leads to the River Derwent at the base of the dam some 40m below. Once across the dam do look back to Bamford Edge towering above.
Turn right onto the track that follows the reservoir. A short distance away is a path that turns left up the hill through the trees, signposted New Barn. Take this path.

Reservoir to Win Hill
Reservoir to Win Hill

Start: OS ref SK196859
End: OS ref SK187850

Start point: 53.3702 lat, -1.7055 long
End point: 53.3624 lat, -1.7196 long

The route to the top of Win Hill is easy and is marked by signposts; you should follow the green signs to get to the top of the hill. There are plenty of paths around here, so if you do not want to get to the top or shorten the walk there are plenty of options to select from. But our route follows the path up through the trees until you reach a gate. Turn left and walk along what is now a track until you reach the narrow Parkin Clough. This is not marked as such (apart from the green signs), but obvious nonetheless. Turn right off the track up through the narrow and fairly steep clough, much of which is rocky steps. During the winter this will be a stream, so care needed.
Once you come to the top of Parkin Clough you will see a signpost indicating Win Hill (as if this wasn't obvious by now!), Ladybower, etc. Ignore the green signs mentioned before and follow the path up out through the trees and onto the open moorland to reach the summit of Win Hill, some 250m above the starting point. If you do follow the green signs you will miss the summit of Win Hill and although the views through the trees are good, they are nothing like those from the top.

Win Hill to Hope Cross
Win Hill to Hope Cross

Start: OS ref SK187850
End: OS ref SK160874

Start point: 53.3624 lat, -1.7196 long
End point: 53.3837 lat, -1.7596 long

From the top of Win Hill simply follow the path that heads east and gently curves to the right until it runs alongside the plantations on your right. Much of this follows the course of a Roman Road and you will get wonderful views of the Great Ridge (Mam Tor to Lose Hill) and Kinder Scout as you slowly descend. Follow the path close to the plantation and over the gate to stay alongside the woods. Once again there are several paths off to the right that will take you back to the track along the reservoir, but I suggest you stick with this until you get to Hope Cross. This is in the field just to the left of the path and is a stone boundary marker marked with the date 1737 that denotes the boundary between Edale and Hope.

Hope Cross to Ladybower
Hope Cross to Ladybower

Start: OS ref SK160874
End: OS ref SK163878

Start point: 53.3837 lat, -1.7596 long
End point: 53.3871 lat, -1.7555 long

Now over the style into the plantation on your right to follow the path down through the trees - there's only one and quite obvious, although it can get dark under the trees even on a bright winter day. When you get to the remains of buildings, you can either follow the track straight down or, if your knees are not feeling up to it, down through the trees and the track that is heading east back towards Ladybower Reservoir. Assuming you go straight down there's a bridge over the river just ahead - do not cross it, just turn right onto the track that follows the reservoir.

Ladybower to Heatherdene
Ladybower to Heatherdene

Start: OS ref SK163878
End: OS ref SK202858

Start point: 53.3871 lat, -1.7555 long
End point: 53.3688 lat, -1.6972 long

The walk now is very straightforward and simply follows the track along the reservoir back to the dam. Across the dam and back to the car park at Heatherdene. However, the views on the way are worth enjoying rather than simply stomping all the way back!
You will see the twin rocky peaks of Crook Hill on your left and soon Ashopton Viaduct comes into view. Just to the right of this viaduct is the village of Ashopton, although much more used to exist prior to the reservoir being flooded. The buildings were demolished long ago.
Above here is the mighty Derwent Edge. You will be easily able to make out the stone formations along this escarpment - Wheelstones, White Tor and Dovestone Tor are quite prominent but unfortunately the most celebrated, Salt Cellar, is difficult to make out given it is a little below the top edge.
As you start to turn right and back towards the dam Ladybower viaduct appears, then Bamford Edge way above.

19 images to "Win Hill from Heatherdene"

97_0ptruman1264890925 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Ladybower Reservoir overflow, Win Hill above
97_1ptruman1264890925 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
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Signpost at top of path before heading onto Access Land.
97_2ptruman1264890925 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
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View over Stanage Edge, before reaching the top of Win Hill.
97_3ptruman1264890925 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Win Hill summit.
97_4ptruman1264890925 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
View from Win Hill summit, west 'leg' of Ladybower Reservoir and Crook Hill above.
97_0ptruman1264891209 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
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From summit of Win Hill, looking north towards Upper Derwent Valley and Derwent Edge.
97_1ptruman1264891209 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
From summit of Win Hill towards Ladybower Viaduct and start of Stanage Edge (top) and Bamford Edge (below)
97_2ptruman1264891209 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
From summit of Win Hill, Stanage Edge.
97_3ptruman1264891209 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Summit of Win Hill. Trig point.
97_4ptruman1264891210 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
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Summit of Win Hill towards Stanage Edge in distance.
97_0ptruman1264891461 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
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The Great Ridge (Mam Tor to left, Lose Hill to right) from just below summit of Win Hill.
97_1ptruman1264891461 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
A glimpse of Derwent Edge through the trees near Wooler Knoll on way down from Win Hill.
97_2ptruman1264891461 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
On course of Roman Road from Win Hill.
97_3ptruman1264891461 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
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Amongst the trees near Hope Cross.
97_4ptruman1264891461 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Crook Hill from Ladybower Reservoir. Late afternoon winter sunshine.
97_0ptruman1264891614 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Across Ladybower Reservoir towards Ashopton Viaduct in distance.
97_1ptruman1264891614 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Ashopton Viaduct, Derwent Edge above.
97_2ptruman1264891614 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Ashopton Viaduct.
97_3ptruman1264891614 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: ptruman
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Bamford Edge, taken from path on Ladybower dam.

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