Friday 18th of January started off as a very cold icy morning. DiscoDeb suggested we traverse around Errwood Reservoir. It will be a nice easy six miler, she said.
We head off along the Buxton Road and turned off towards the Cat & Fiddle. We took the last right before hitting the old pub and parked up at ‘Derbyshire Bridge’. Ours was the only car on the car park and I took advantage of the public toilet whilst I was there.
DiscoDeb looked at her map and said that she wanted to park further down, but there were no-entry signs to oncoming traffic. As we ventured down the well looked after road we found two car parks, so I’m not sure if it is just one way, so I will have to have a look at where the other end of the road starts. Parking at Derbyshire Bridge stuck an extra 1.2 miles onto the walk.
The road is excellent throughout and when we saw the dam, we decided to halve the route because of time and prior engagements. The dam is adjacent to ‘Errwood Sailing Club’, from here we left the road and climbed up onto the top of the bank and headed right to begin the journey back.
The sky was very grey and it started snowing, which added a little bit of excitement to the proceedings. We headed out onto a moor and followed a wall down through the vegetation (the path is barely visible so take care). At the bottom of the moor you join a path which has had some wooden footings built every so often to elevate above the bogginess.
After heading down, we saw the last car park before entering the forest on our right. At this point we start a steep climb up to our left which takes us to the highest point of the walk before heading down finally to the ‘Derbyshire Bridge’ and home.
A very enjoyable 8.1 mile walk that I would rate as medium. Make sure you are rugged up as you are quite open to the elements and wear a good waterproof walking shoe.
Enjoy the pictures, route and statistics