Walking

Walking trail

Below Kinder Scout: A circular walk around Kinder reservoir

Walking trail

Follow the famous Snake Path through the sheltered tree lined avenues around Hayfield, before gently climbing up to the heather moors surrounding Kinder. Watch out for the surprise view of the reservoir and the dramatic crags of the Dark Peak.

View of heather and reservoir

Map

Map of circular walk around Kinder reservoir

Start:

Bowden Bridge Car Park, grid ref SK048869

1

From the car park turn right and follow the road down towards Hayfield for about 900 metres. You will pass the ‘Sportsman Inn’ pub on the right as you walk along this road. When you reach the green signpost marking the start of the Snake Path turn right onto this public footpath.

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Snake Path sign

2

Follow this footpath round up the hill until you reach an iron kissing gate. Pass through this gate and then over the next stile.

3

Walk through the field and another kissing gate to reach a small copse known locally as Twenty Trees. From here you will have views of Hayfield and beyond. After passing Twenty Trees go through another kissing gate onto National Trust land on the Snake Path. Follow the tracks through the fields – you will go through another two kissing gates.

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View of twenty trees and hills

4

When you reach the National Trust sign on the heather moorland there should be a white shooting cabin to the left. Take the track to the right signposted Snake Inn and Edale. Where the path forks take the higher left hand track for elevated views as the reservoir comes into sight.

View across hills near Kinder reservoir

5

Follow the path to William Clough, where a wooden bridge should be visible. Cross the bridge and follow the path to the right going uphill. Go through two gates and after the second gate follow the track to the right. Cross over a stream, and follow the path alongside the wall. Cross a stile and follow the track through a field until you reach a stile in the wire fence. Go over this and then cross over the wooden bridge.

View of bridge near reservoir

6

Take the track going straight ahead and uphill, which curves round to the right as it leads up towards the pine tree plantations.

View of valley and stream

7

After the finger post signpost bearing the National Trust logo continue along the same track which will turn left uphill, alongside a walled pine plantation. Follow this until you reach the gate.

8

Following the path downhill through the field towards the trees at the bottom of the valley, cross the stile. Then cross over the stream, taking care on slippery stones, then go over another stile to the right. Follow the track along the woodland edge.

9

The path will eventually start to go downhill leading to a gate. Go through this gate and turn left onto the road. Follow this road for about 1.3km back to the car park.

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End:

Bowden Bridge Car Park, grid ref SK048869

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Below Kinder Scout: A circular walk around Kinder reservoir

How to get here

Address
Bowden Bridge Car Park, Kinder Road, High Peak, SK22
By train

From New Mills train station walk along Station Road, continuing onto Hague Bar Road, before turning right to reach the bus station on Rock Mill Lane. Take the 62 or 358 bus service to hayfield and follow the walking directions to the car park.

By road

From Glossop: heading east along the High Street, turn right onto Victoria Street and continue along the A624 until you reach Hayfield. In Hayfield turn left off Chapel Road onto Church Street. Then turn right onto Bank Street after crossing a bridge. At the end of Bank Street turn right onto Kinder Road and follow until the road forks. Stay on Kinder Road by keeping left when the road forks. Follow Kinder Road until the destination is on the left.


From Chapel-en-le-Frith: driving east on Market Street, turn left onto Hayfield Road then turn left again to stay on this road. Follow Hayfield Road/A624 until you reach Hayfield. In Hayfield turn right off Chapel Road onto Church Street. Then turn right onto Bank Street after crossing a bridge. Turn right onto Kinder Road at the end of Bank Street and follow until the road forks. Stay on Kinder Road by keeping left when the road forks. Follow Kinder Road until the destination is on the left.

By foot

From Hayfield bus station, the car park is a walk of approximately 1 mile. Walking out of the bus station, first cross over Station Road, then use the crossing point to cross over Chapel Road. Walk straight on to reach Walk Mill Road, then walk along this road until you can turn left onto Church Street. Turn right onto Bank Street after crossing a bridge. At the end of Bank Street turn right onto Kinder Road, and stay left when the road forks. Continue along Kinder Road.

You will reach the start of the Snake Path on the left signposted as a public footpath, so you might prefer to start the walk from here.

 

By bus

358 Stockport to Hayfield, or the 62 Marple to Hayfield service. The bus station is approximately 1 mile from Bowden Bridge Car Park. Follow the walking instructions from the bus station.

Below Kinder Scout: A circular walk around Kinder reservoir

Facilities and access

  • Dogs must be kept on leads.