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Walk description & directions
Recorded on a grey and damp mid-August day, this short circular walk is perfect for dog-walkers – and anyone who wants a quick leg-stretch – but prefers getting away from the more popular paths around the twin reservoirs. There are some wonderully panoramic views over the surrounding Peak District countryside, with the added bonus of a visit to the evocative circular stone building known as St Joseph’s Shrine.
The walk starts from a small lay-by on the old Roman road known as The Street, which runs from the main car park between the twin reservoirs, towards Pym Chair, and on to the village of Rainow. There’s only space for a few cars, so you may prefer to walk up from the main car park beside the reservoirs. Or my preference would be the small car park beside Pym Chair which is further up the slope, walking back to the starting point.
7: Walk further along the path until you come to a small footpath sign on your right. The track isn’t obvious, and can get overgrown with ferns, but turn right just before the sign and head down the slight slope. (*See below to extend the walk to Errwood Hall.)
*Extending the walk to Errwood Hall
Ignore the path dropping down at 7, and continue until you see a footpath sign on the right to Errwood Hall. Go down here, turn left over a small footbridge and you soon come to the ruins of Errwood Hall. Continue in the same direction, turning right along the wider track, and right again at the ruins of Castedge farmhouse. Back over the stream and then left along the narrow track. This leads all the way to 10 on the map.
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This YouTube video was created with photos taken when the walk was recorded in August 2016. Click the play button and then the expand link to view in full screen.