Win Hill - 28th March 2009
Date 28th March 2009 Description Win Hill
Start Point Heatherdene Car Park Peaks Climbed Win Hill 462m
Total Time 4hrs 00min    
Walking Time 3hrs 30min    
Stopped Time 0hrs 30min    
Distance 8.90 miles    
Moving Average 2.7 mph Start Grid Ref SK 20265 85902
Elevation at Start 215 metres Temperature 5°C
Total Ascent 440 metres Weather Rain, Hail, Sleet, Wind and Sun
Max Elevation 462 metres Walking With Janet

Heatherdene Car Park – Yorkshire Bridge – Parkin Clough – Winhill Plantation – Win Hill – Hope Brink – Roman Road – Hope Cross – Ladybower Reservoir – Heatherdene Car Park

Starting from Heatherdene Car Park next to Ladybower Reservoir we headed for Win Hill. This was going to be an interesting day as the weather forecast was for wintery showers. In fact we had all four seasons in one day with rain, hail, sleet, wind and sun. The path from the car park down to the dam wall of Ladybower Reservoir is easy and straightforward. The water in the reservoir was certainly being whipped up by the wind today. After crossing the main road we then took the path signposted to “Win Hill” and headed off towards Yorkshire Bridge. The views up stream towards the waterfall were lovely from the bridge. The next stage of the walk was the steep and muddy path up Parkin Clough. Although the Clough is relatively short the steepness of the ascent makes for lots of short breaks. However the views during the ascent are great.

After crossing a couple of paths on the ascent we then made our way through Winhill Plantation before entering open countryside. The climb to the summit of Win Hill from here is a lot easier and less steep. All of a sudden the views in all directions come into view towards Ladybower Reservoir, Derwent Edge, Crook Hill, Edale and Kinder Scout, Lose Hill and Mam Tor as well as Hope and Castleton. It was just brilliant - and the sun came out too!! As we walked across the rocky summit outcrop of Win Hill the wind took hold and it was difficult at first to stay on our two feet. However we arrived at the summit trig point (S4228) (462 metres) in one piece. We took a few photos at the top and also met a walker who was trying to visit all the Peak District trig points. He also took a photo of Janet and I at the summit.

After a short break we scrambled down from the Win Hill summit and walked along Hope Brink in a hail storm. Eventually we arrived at the Roman Road to take us to Hope Cross. The cross shows the direction to Glossop, Edale, Shefield (with only 1 “f”) and of course Hope.

Our route then took the path from Hope Cross down through the Woodlands Valley forest. The path was quite steep in places and very “very” muddy in places. We could not keep to the path at certain points. After slow progress down through the forest we arrived at the start of Ladybower Reservoir. The path back to the dam was very easy as we followed the banks of the reservoir back to close to where we started from. It was very pleasant walking back in the sunshine. We crossed the dam wall and retraced our steps back to the car park. It was a great day’s walk. Afterwards we had refreshments in the Ladybower Inn. Well done to Janet on her first walk in the peaks.


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Maps Used
OL1 Explorer - The Peak District (Dark Peak Area)
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