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Grindleford Circular Walk

Grindleford Circular Walk

(Featuring some history & archaeology)

• An 8 mile walk with one short, sharp ascent early on, later passing through woodland tracks and open moorland.

• Start: Grindleford Station Café

• Post Code S32 2JA, (Café open daily 9 am x 5 pm).

• Grid Ref: SK250788.

• Grade: moderate but strenuous in places.

• A walk led by Tony & Stephanie Swaby, photos by John Watson, Dearne Valley Ramblers.

From the café cross over the railway bridge and bear left along the track to Padley Chapel, a Grade I listed building and site of historical and archaeological interest, linked to Padley Hall, now in ruins nearby.

Hall built c. 1400 - see website re the Padley Martyrs.

After the Chapel pass through a gate on the right and follow a path uphill for about 100 metres before reaching a alt area.

Turn left and walk about 30 metres to The Bole Hill Incline (built to facilitate the passage of wagons to and from the nearby quarry).

Ascend steeply and, at the top, follow the route of the old wagon tracks to the left. After about 300 metres take a gatebon the right and follow the rough path a short distance to a level track, with a huge pile of Grindstones in front of you. (These are leftovers from a once thriving grindstone producing industry, but were rendered obsolete when the bottom of the market fell out during 19th century.

It took one man two weeks, paid peacemeal, to make, and if it were to break he didn’t get paid).

Follow the track for about 20m to the right of the grindstones, climbing steeply to the flat ground. To your right is the lip of the old Bole Hill Quarry, now overgrown with silver birch trees.

Cross the stile about 50 m in front of you and then take the diagonal path across Lawrence Field to a gate onto the A6187 road. Cross into the Surprise View car park and straight out the other side.

Turn right and follow the path parallel to the main road, towards the Toad’s Mouth.

On reaching the main footpath coming from the road turn left. This footpath passes through an ancient field system as it gently ascends.

Take the left path at a fork and soon you pare passing through another ancient field system called Winyards Nick.

On reaching the path on that ridge, turn right and follow the path around a large rectangular enclosure.

Follow the path towards Higgar Tor andtake the left fork to skirt the Tor before following the path alongside the road at Burbage Bridge.

From there take the well surfaced track down to Burbage Valley and towards the Fox House Inn.

From here cross the road and walk through the gate into the Longshaw Estate.

Walk towards the Lodge, take the path below the haha to a gate, pass through it and follow the path to the right, passing a large pond before reaching the road.

Cross the road and go through a gate. Follow the path around to the left until you reach a footbridge.

Cross the bridge and then follow the track down through the beautiful Padley Gorge.

Be sure to watch out for the old money tree on your right going down.

When you reach the path at the bottom turn left and return to the café.

This walk was written and produced by Dearne Valley Ramblers. Why not join them on one of their next walks:

Walk, Talk & Eat. Friday, 29 September.

A lovey Friday walk from Low Bradfield of approximately 4 or 5 miles followed by lunch at The Plough. Two meals for £6 - previously used to be a fiver, but still really good value!

Starting point: The Plough, New Road, Low Bradfield, Sheffield.

Grid reference: SK266915. Nearest postcode: S6 6HW.

Start time: 10:30. Estimated finish time: 12:00. Easy 4.5 miles / 7.2 km. Contact details: Steph and Tony Swaby. Telephone: 07880611925 or 07486365050.

Additional notes: This is a circular walk.

Please Note: Booking for lunch with Tony & Steph Swaby is essential and start time for the walk is 10.30am.

Or Kinder than Kinder! Sunday, 1 October.

A moderate walk in the main with a particularly strenuous half hour which will in no way be suitable for dogs. In any event dogs would have to be on leads at all times. Sticks and a strong heart essential!

Your reward will be breathtaking views of the Edale Valley, looking across to Mam Tor, Back Tor and Lose Hill. Not to be missed!

Starting point: Edale Car Park (Pay). Toilets available.

Grid reference: SK114848. Nearest postcode: S33 7ZL.

Start time: 10:00. Estimated finish time: 14:00. Moderate 7 miles / 11.3 km.

Contact details: Steph and Tony Swaby. Telephone: 07880611925 or 07486365050.

Additional notes: This is a circular walk.