Local Penistone and Peak District Walks

The Perfect Way to Explore and Bond with your Loved Ones or Colleagues

Our cottages are set in exquisite countryside locations and walking is the perfect way to explore and bond with your loved ones or colleagues. Most cottages are just a short walk to some breath-taking views or challenge yourself with a Peak District walk. There are so many delightful walks local to our cottages that can help you to relax and truly embrace nature – the perfect way to wind down from a busy day-to-day life. From local walks around Holmfirth to local walks around Sheffield or further afield, here are just a few to get you started.

Local Walks

Penistone Boundary Walk

A great way to see the whole of the historic local market town of Penistone. The idea to create the walk came out of a need for a local route to promote as a sponsored walk to raise funds for the Penistone & District Community Minibus, which is administered by the local charity ‘Penistone Three 9’ers’. The production of the walk was seen as an ideal community project by the charity secretary, the late, fondly-remembered Darryl Marshall, who was also the local Community Police Constable. It was decided to use it as a project with a local youth group, who were part of an Outreach Youth Project, led by Michael O’Roarke and funded by the South Yorkshire Police Authority – Community Initiatives Programme. Once the route had been planned the youth group were responsible for marking the route with arrows, placing way-marking posts, mending and replacing stiles and building a half-way rest shelter. The 25km (16 mile) route is well marked with signs and arrows using the wording ‘PENISTONE BOUNDARY WALK’ and the sheep’s head logo. Following the signs, the map and using this narrative should ensure against anyone straying off. The walk uses footpaths, bridleways and country lanes, crossing main roads in only a few places. This walk can be joined from Aitken House, Weavers Cottage, Leapings Cottage and Spicer Manor without the use of a car, you can reach parts of the route easily from Unsliven Bridge Farm & Barn in a 5 minute drive.




Ingbirchworth Reservoir

A popular trail for walking is Ingbirchworth Reservoir. Roughly 3km in distance, it is not too strenuous but does involve some unsurfaced paths which can be in winter. Also on route is The Fountain Village Pub and Kitchen, providing dog friendly indoor and outdoor seating as well as offering a large selection of food and drink, what a perfect way to finish off your walk. You also have the option of visiting Yummy Yorkshire situated in the village only a further 5 minute walk away. An ice cream parlour, cafe/restaurant which also holds regular markets in the barn. A short distance from Ingbirchworth Reservoir is the Royd Moor Reservoir and also Scout Dyke Reservoir, if you decide to enjoy a full day of walking you could easily join up all three for a longer route. This lovely local walk is only a short walk away from our largest property Spicer Manor but is only a short drive away from all of our cottages with plenty of places to park.

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Langsett Reservoir

Langsett Reservoir is a 5 minute drive from all the cottages. Langsett Reservoir was built to dam the Little Don River. When the reservoir was officially opened in 1904, it was the largest of the Sheffield reservoirs and had the longest road on a dam in the United Kingdom. There are a selection of walking routes at Langsett reservoir, that are a range of distances. The shorter option is a circular route of just over 2 miles. Walking alongside the water to double back, walking through part of the wood and then alongside it back to the car park where you set off. If you fancy a challenge or a longer walk then the full circuit around the reservoir and up on to the moor is a must, combining woodland with views across breath taking open moorland – a treat after all that work! There is a steady climb from the top of the reservoir to the turn on the moor, but the views are well worth the effort. The path leads onto open moor providing amazing views from higher ground, especially from the famous ruins known as North America, for those who want an intercontinental feel to their walk. The length of the walk can be 3.5 or 5.3 miles, depending on your chosen route. Not only is there a pub by the car park with a great beer garden, there is also a café just opposite the car park that offers a tasty selection of drinks, cakes, meals and more.

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Trans Pennine Trail

Opened in 2001, this iconic trail that runs from Hull to Liverpool can be easily accessed at a few different points in Thurlstone, Millhouse Green and Penistone. In fact it is on the doorstep of 2 of our cottages, being within 170 yard for Weavers Cottage and Leapings Cottage.  The trail is signed all the way, mainly traffic free, and is surrounded by awe-inspiring and vivid scenery. Easy gradients and surfaced paths make many sections suitable for families, gentle exercise and people using wheelchairs and pushchairs, meaning the Trans Pennine Trail can be enjoyed by everyone. 

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Silkstone Waggonway

The Silkstone Waggonway was originally an old railway line built in 1809 for carrying coal from the mines near Barnsley to Wakefield. A 3.34 mile flat route will enable you to take in both the beautiful landscape and historical heritage of the area. A favourite to horse riders, cyclists and walkers of all abilities. Along the route is also the picturesque Pot House Hamlet, a thriving historical area with animal petting, plant nursery boutique – you can also enjoy a spot of lunch followed by one of their stunning home-made ice-creams. 

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Scout Dike Reservoir & Royd Moor Reservoir

Another short drive from the cottages is Scout Dike reservoir and car park. This circular walk will lead you around the stunning reservoir of Scout Dike. This is a picturesque walk following the water’s edge through mature woodland which can be extended to walk across to Royd Moor Reservoir also. The route is mostly surfaced apart from the embankment top. There is only one short steep section, at the start of the walk. There are lots of beautiful mature oak trees, wildflowers, babbling waters and wildlife. It has a mixture or wild surface tracks and smaller paths which can be muddy – don’t forget your boots! There are also lots of tree roots, so is not best suited to pushchairs. The walk is approximately 4.08 miles with a moderate surface and medium difficulty and would take around 2 hours to complete. Close to Scout Dike is Yummy Yorkshire, a not-to-be-missed ice-cream parlour and restaurant – the perfect reward for your rambling. 

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Royd Moor View Point

This lovely view point can be walked to from Weavers Cottage, Aitken House, Leapings Cottage and Spicer Manor’s doorstep and shows magnificent views across to the Peak District. Set 1000 feet above sea level, this breath-taking view will give you a full 360-degree view over the dramatic scenery. 

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Underbank Reservoir

For this lovely scenic walk, follow the footpaths around Underbank Reservoir on this pleasant walk in the Peak District. It is roughly a 3 mile walk around the lake with a nice quiet footpath on the southern side and a roadside path on the northern side. If you wish to make it longer there are plenty of joining footpaths into the local countryside. Ye Olde Mustard Pot pub is situated half way round the circular route, perfect for a quick refreshment stop or a delicious lunch. Located just to the west of the town of Stocksbridge, in the City of Sheffield. From here you can pick up the trails heading past woodland to the Little Don River at the western end. Unsliven Bridge Farm and Barn are located right next to this walk so you can walk right from the doorstep. Our remaining cottages are only a 5/10 minute car ride away.

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Broomhead Reservoir

Broomhead Reservoir is in the scenic Ewden Valley, near Sheffield in South Yorkshire. The reservoir is located to the south of Bolsterstone and is connected to the More Hall Reservoir to the east. Broomhead Reservoir Circular is a 2.7mile loop trail that features a lake and is enjoyable for all skill levels. The trail offers several activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail. 

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Broomhead Moor

This is a pleasant 5.75 mile walk through a variety of interesting landscapes, from a calm, quiet valley with a stone circle to open moorland and parkland. This walk is a loop around Broomhead Moor which returns via the hamlet of Wigtwizzle and the previous grounds of (demolished in 1980) Broomhead Hall. There are mostly well-defined rough paths and tracks, as well as some walking on open moorland, so don’t forget appropriate equipment. 

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Langsett to Ladybower walk

This wonderful walk takes you from Langsett Reservoir to Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District. Around a 10-mile route, it crosses the rolling hills of the Howden Moors in-between the two bodies of calming water. To add to the excitement of this walk there are some moderate hill climbs with breath-taking views and glorious heather moorland countryside to enjoy on the way. The route starts from the car park and visitor centre at Langsett Reservoir and follows footpaths around the water to Hingcliff Common. You then follow a bridleway south along Mickleden Edge towards Howden Edge and Margery Hill. The route then descends through Cranberry Clough to Howden Reservoir where you pick up a scenic footpath to take you to the Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs. After your ramble, treat yourself at the local, Ladybower Inn for refreshments and a well-earned rest. This lovely traditional stone-built pub dates to the 18th century when it served as a Coaching Inn. There is also a nice beer garden with views over the reservoir whilst you enjoy a drink. 

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Kinder Scout

Laying between the cities of Sheffield and Manchester, the Kinder Scout Walk is a stunning trail in the Peak District and is considered one of the most physically demanding terrain the Kinder Plateau. It has dramatic edges and peaty trails, yet it’s beauty will lure you back again and again. As the highest point in the Peak District, Kinder Scout boasts unforgettable views, exceptional moorland and a spectacular waterfall. It will provide you with some of the most challenging but rewarding walks in the Peak District, where you’ll encounter babbling streams, dark gritstone, steep rocks to scramble up, unique peat and the glorious Kinder Downfall. 

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Longshaw Estate

For an invigorating day out, try the exceptional Longshaw Estate. There are 1600 acres of moor, extensive woods with dramatic views over the Derwent Valley. A wonderful place to discover spectacular views of the Peak District, ancient woods, meadows, parkland and heather moorland. Explore the unusual sites of Longshaw’s past, from millstone quarries to packhorse routes. There are a range of walks to explore. There are a range of walks to explore.

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Castleton – Mam Tor – The Great Ridge

This is a 6 ½ mile walk starting in historic Castleton and walking through some of the most striking and magnificent parts of the Peak District. Revered as one of the best ridge walks in England, this very special Peak District walk gives stunning views over Edale, Hope Valley and even the edge of Kinder Scout. There is also an option to extend this route to an 8 mile walk to include a stroll by the river on the way back. 

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Hathersage to Stanage Edge Walking Route

Starting in the village of Hathersage, this lovely 9-mile walk takes you along the breath-taking cliffs of Stanage Edge and has superb views of the Derwent & Hope Valleys, Mam Tor and Kinder Scout. On the way to the Stanage Edge, you will pass North Lees Hall which is a 16th century building steeped in history and literary connections – it is thought to have been the inspiration behind Mr Rochester’s home in Jane Eyre, as the Eyre family did in fact live there in real life. 

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photos courtesy of David Wood