Peak District Walk
Flouch & Winscar
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Walk Route Description
The Peak District walk described here starts at the Yorkshire Water car park (grid ref. SE201010) just south of the Flouch roundabout and is initially the same as Walk 1401. It covers a circuit that is north and west of Flouch and includes sections parallel to the Woodhead Road and comes back along the old Woodhead railway line, so the route may not be for everyone. On the plus side you get to see the old Woodhead line tunnel entrance, Winscar reservoir and part of the upper Don River valley.
Leave the car park at the south end, cross the road and go down a track through Langsett Woods on Brook House lane. After 400 metres, where the main track goes left, go down a few yards to the right to a signpost and then follow the middle path which is marked as a bridleway to Swinden. The stream is on your right and you come out of the woods at a gate and then follow a walled bridleway.
Continue along this bridleway and take the right hand route at a junction after a further 200 metres. This is Swinden Lane which leads to a stile into open country (grid ref. SE184008). Cross the stile and take the track on your right up to the A628, Woodhead Road. There is a path on the verge up to the Dog & Partridge where you cross over onto the Snow Road track.
The path climbs up towards and around South Nab then turns off right towards Upper Windledon Reservoir. There are good views down to Dunford Bridge and the Barnsley Boundary Walk (which we are following) takes the road down to the Woodhead tunnels.
At Dunford Bridge take the old railway track east towards Hazlehead. It is easy walking all the way to Cote Bank Bridge. Go off left to cross over the bridge to pick up the path leading south towards Swinden. It is an interesting diversion at Cote Bank Bridge to go down to the Don on the sunken, walled and paved path.
At the old Woodhead road turn left then take the path south to the new Woodhead road, cross over and take the path south through the wood back to the almost-four-fingered signpost and then back to the car park.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1401 Hordron Road and the Little Don without a car - easy/mod - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 2231 The Eastern Edges - hard - 25.0 miles/40.6 km
Walk 1526 Cats Clough Head & Outer Edge - moderate - 9.0 miles/14.6 km
Walk 1581 Langsett Reservoir - easy - 3.0 miles/4.9 km
Walk 3401 From Langsett to Crowden via Woodhead - moderate - 11.0 miles/17.9 km
Walk 2826 Winscar Reservoir circuit from Dunford Bridge - moderate - 8.9 miles/14.5 km
Walk 2726 Penistone Circular from Scout Dike Reservoir - moderate - 8.3 miles/13.5 km
Walk 2328 Penistone to Shepley linear - easy/mod - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 1523 Broomhead Moor & Ewden Beck - easy/mod - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Walk 2238 Thurgoland Boundary Walk from Oxspring - easy/mod - 8.6 miles/14 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Dark Peak Walks
Guidebook to 40 walks in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. 35 circular routes for most abilities, from 8km to 19km, around Edale, Marsden, Fairholmes, Baslow and Castleton, including Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, and 5 longer (25km to 45km) routes highlighting the best of the Gritstone Edges, High Moorland and Deep Valleys.
Great Mountain Days in the Pennines
An inspirational guidebook to 50 classic walks on the rolling Pennine landscape. The graded routes, between 6 and 13 miles in length, cover classic Pennine fells and moorland such as Whernside, Ilkley Moor and Pendle Hill; exploring the North and South Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, Howgills and Dark Peak. Many routes are also suited to fell running.
The End to End Trail