Win Hill & Bridge End Pasture
On this walk we’ve taken the opportunity to mix one of the more famous Peak District hills, Win Hill, with the lesser walked Bridge End Pasture. It makes for a wonderful circular walk in a fantastic part of the national park. Win Hill is the highlight, standing at a lofty 462 metres (1515 feet) and rewards the hiker with outstanding 360 degree views. The fantastic views continue along the Win Hill ridge, only dropping down into the Woodlands Valley for a short time, before you enjoy further superb views from the more lowly Bridge End Pasture. The walk ends by descending to the famous Ladybower Reservoir.
The paths are decent on much of the route, with some rockier ground, and navigation is fairly easy with just a couple of spots where you need to take extra care.
Distance – 13.75km or 8.5 miles, and ascent of approx 600 metres or 2000 feet, with one particularly steep ascent up Win Hill.
The walk starts near the Yorkshire Bridge pub, a mile or so north of Bamford. Initially you descend down a road to the River Derwent, where a path is met and the ascent of Win Hill commences. Our route takes a steeper climb up the Parkin Clough path, but there is an alternative if you wish for a steadier, but longer, ascent (details shown on the route map). Leaving the trees, it’s a final push up to the summit of Win Hill and its rocky peak.
Leaving Win Hill, the walk simply follows the wide ridge path for 4km (2.5 miles), past Wooler Knoll and eventually reaching Hope Cross. At this point, you descend down a rocky, but easy, path down to the River Ashop. Crossing a bridge and the A57, good paths are then followed up past Hagg Farm and up to Bridge End Pasture. There are wonderful views as the walk follows the top of the pasture and down through fields to the reservoir.
It’s then just an easy walk along pavements round Ladybower Reservoir and back to the walk start.
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