Win Hill - Peak District Walk

Thursday 25th May 2017

The hottest day of the year (so far) saw us heading out to beat the anticipated bank holiday crowds. As the original planned route for our last Peak District walk had been Win Hill it made sense to head there. As we hoped, we saw very few people, passing no-one during the ascent up Parkin Clough and even having the summit to ourselves for a good while.

Start: Ashopton Road (SK 2016 8481)

Route: Ashopton Road - Parkin Clough - Win Hill (TP) - Hope Brink - Hope Cross - Ladybower Reservoir - Ashopton Road

Distance: 8 miles     Ascent: 453 metres      Time Taken: 4 hrs 50 mins

Terrain: Steep start but then easy going

Weather: Very hot and sunny.

Pub Visited: The Plough Inn, Hathersage    Ale Drunk: Tim Taylor's Landlord

Route Map >>


River Derwent

We cross the River Derwent just before we start the steep climb up Parkin Clough.

Bamford Edge

At the top of Winhill Plantation we get our first view across the valley to Bamford Edge.

Winhill Pike's trig

It looks like the trig has recently had a fresh coat of paint.

Thornhill Brink

From the summit the view extends across Thornhill Brink towards the Great Ridge.

Derwent Edge

Derwent Edge across a slightly low Ladybower Reservoir.

Stanage Edge

Now we are on the summit Stanage Edge and Bamford Edge are both visible.

Thornhill Brink

Our route will follow the path across Thornhill Brink onto Hope Brink.

Winhill Pike

First we have to drop off the top of Winhill Pike.

Lose Hill

It's easy going along the path today, with Lose Hill dominating the scene.

The sheep are making the most of the only shade to be found on this part of the walk.

Hope Brink

Heading across Hope Brink towards the end of the plantation.

Lose Hill

Lose Hill as we approach Hope Cross.

Vale Of Edale

Looking along the Vale of Edale

Win Hill

Looking back towards Win Hill.

Great Ridge

The Great Ridge and Rushup Edge.

Hope Cross

We had planned to have lunch at Hope Cross but the spot had already been taken.

Kinder Plateau

Our closest view of Kinder today, as we leave the Roman Road to head into the wood.

Pasture Tor

We took advantage of the shade offered by the trees to enjoy a quiet lunch with views of Pasture Tor.

Ladybower Reservoir

Having dropped down onto the valley floor we now have views along Ladybower towards Crook Hill.

Ashopton Bridge

Ashopton Bridge comes into view.

Ladybower Reservoir

Looking back along a rather low Ladybower Reservoir.

Bamford Edge

Bamford Edge is in view once again. All we need to do now is cross the dam wall.

Ladybower Reservoir

Ladybower from the dam wall, as thoughts turn to a well earned pint. Sadly the top of the valley was experiencing a power cut so we had to travel to Hathersage today before we could quench our thirst.


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