Win Hill from Yorkshire Bridge.

North towards the Upper Derwent Valley

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Win Hill from Yorkshire Bridge.
Hill Summit : Win Hill[SK186851, 462m.]
Start : Heatherdene Car Park Large (paid) car park at Heatherdene, popular with walkers.[SK205857 200m ]
Summary : Heatherdene Car Park - Ladybower Dam - Parkin Clough - Win Hill - Wooler Knoll - Hope Cross - Ladybower reservoir - Ladybower Dam - Heatherdene Car Park
distance : 12.5km.
ascent : 310m.
time : 4hr. 20min.

Win Hill dominates the central Hope Valley above Bamford. It is noticeable from Stanage Edge, from Kinder and from the Hope Valley itself. There is a short steep climb up to the summit from Yorkshire Bridge before a pleasant walk along the ridge, Hope Brink, before descending to Ladybower Reservoir. It is then a good walk along the track around the reservoir back to the starting point.

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Walk down the path leading out of the car park to meet the A6013 road at at the Ladybower Dam. Follow the public footpath across the dam and once at the other side turn left to reach the bottom of Parkin Clough, The route up Parkin Clough to Win Hill is steep. Follow the path alongside the stream, first through the woods where the path can be very muddy and slippery underfoot. A fence and gate is thankfully reached and once through this the path improves significantly. As an alternative, walk right from the dam and take the tracks that initially go towards The Springs then back to Parkin Clough meeting the route above at the end of the wood - a less steep route. Once out of the wood the view opens out and this same path is followed up to the trig point set on top of a rock formation. Here there is a fantastic view over the Hope Valley, over to Kinder, across to Stanage Edge, and most notably up the Derwent Reservoirs - arguably one of the best viewpoints in of the Peak District. (2.5kms. 290m. 1hrs. 20min.)

The route now follows the ridge along past Wooler Knoll to Hope Cross. From the summit descend through the rocks to reach the path below. Follow this gentle descent all the way to Wooler Knoll, along the grassy ridge of Hope Brink. It is possible to cut short this route short by descending to Ladybower Reservoir from this point, through the woods. However a longer route continues along the ridge, beside the forest edge to reach Hope Cross. Hope Cross points to Sheffield, Glossop, Edale and Hope itself. (4.0kms. 0m. 1hrs. 10min.)

From the gate, stile and wall complex at Hope Cross, use the stile to get into the forest and follow the obvious path that descends through the trees. Soon this path takes a sharp right and becomes less distinct through the forest. It is easy to lose the true path in this forest as there are so many but this does not matter as long as the walker keeps to the correct direction and continues to descend towards the reservoir. At the bottom of the descent there is a good wide track around ladybower Reservoir which is followed east back to the dam. This is a nice walk around the reservoir, sometimes in the trees, sometime with views over to Crook Hill, or over to Stanage. But always a view of the busy A57 Snake Road. Towards the end, the track bends around south, to reach the Ladybower Dam. Cross the dam, across the road and then follow the path to return to the car park. (6.0kms. 20m. 1hrs. 50min.)