On this Sheffield walk Hati takes us on a 5 mile loop from Redmires Reservoirs to Stanage Edge. Walk or run this route at your leisure!
Up on the outskirts of Sheffield, Redmires Reservoirs were built between 1833 – 1854 to provide clean drinking water for the ever-growing Sheffield population. Despite their clashing, crashing industrial beginnings, they are now somewhat of a peaceful beauty spot. They are also the starting point of a Sheffield walk Alex has dubbed the Redmires Round.
Remnants of World War 1 trench digging
Start from the carpark near the end of the upper reservoir (GR 246857), driving from Sheffield the car park is on the right about 400m past the Grouse and Trout stone. In the south east corner of the carpark is a gate, go through this and turn immediately left a footpath takes us north. Go through a gate and pass to the right of Hill Quarry. A closer look (and explore) of Hill Quarry and you’ll discover a lesser-known strand of Redmires’ history. The mounds are the remnants of a network of trenches dug between 1914 – 1916 by the Sheffield City Batallion as part of their training before being sent out to France (via Egypt) to fight in the first World War. You can find more information and some aerial photographs of the trench network here.
Rivelin Brook and High Lad Ridge
Around 1.5km from the car park we meet a conduit on its way to join the reservoirs. Here we turn left towards Rivelin Brook until we meet a small reservoir and a shooting hut. A vague path leads us to the left of the reservoir, crossing rightwards over a brook (you may get wet feet here) and up towards the small and sparse Oaking Clough plantation. From the far corner of the plantation head south west along a dry stone wall which guides you on your way past High Lad Ridge until it disappears to the left at the spot height 433m and you continue straight on in a more westerly direction. A small grouse hut a little before Stanage Edge is a good spot for a sheltered rest (with a view!).
Stanage Edge to Stanedge Pole
We reach Stanage at the High Neb area, and a left turn along the edge takes us back round towards Stanage Pole. After around 500m we reach the Long Causeway, thought to have once been a Medieval packhorse track and possibly a roman road. After another 500m a left fork follows the causeway back from the edge towards Stanage Pole (which, weather dependent, may be visible on the horizon) – the pole is a boundary line between South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. (Rumour has it that this boundary line is why Robin Hood and Little John sought shelter in a cave in the edge itself.)
From Stanage Pole a welcome descent leads you down and back to Redmires Road and the upper reservoir. Turn left at the road which takes you back to the carpark and the end of the Redmires Round.
We’d love to hear about it if you have walked this route, and especially if you took any detours!
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