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 High Peak. Please note: We’re finding that popular spots like Kinder and Edale are getting extremely busy, especially at weekends. We expect that many car parks will fill up very quickly by 9am on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays, so we encourage people to plan ahead before leaving home. This will help us keep our places safe and enjoyable for everyone. We ask that all visitors please park safely and considerately in designated spaces and not on roads or grass verges, as this can block access for farm tenants, local residents and emergency services. We also remind people that BBQs/campfires are not permitted and ask everyone to help us look after our beautiful Peak District countryside by taking their litter home with them.

View of heather and reservoir

Map

Map of circular walk around Kinder reservoir

Start:

Station Road, Hayfield, High Peak SK22 2ES

1

Access to Kinder walking out of the Hayfield 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.

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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:

Station Road, Hayfield, High Peak SK22 2ES

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Below Kinder Scout: A circular walk around Kinder reservoir

Contact us

Email: peakdistrict@nationaltrust.org.uk or follow us on social media @PeakDistrictNT 

Below Kinder Scout: A circular walk around Kinder reservoir

How to get here

Address
Car park just off Station Road, Hayfield, High Peak SK22 2ES Here you will find a public toilet, bike rack and a map with 4 suggested walks to follow. Access to Kinder 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.
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. Please park at the Sett Valley car park that is looked after by Derbyshire County Council. Car park located just off Station Road, Hayfield, High Peak SK22 2ES.

Here you will find a public toilet, bike rack and a map with 4 suggested walks to follow.

Access to Kinder 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.


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. Please park at the Sett Valley car park that is looked after by Derbyshire County Council. Car park located just off Station Road, Hayfield, High Peak SK22 2ES. Information then same as above.

By foot

Access to Kinder walking out of Hayfield 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. Follow the walking instructions from Hayfield bus station.

Below Kinder Scout: A circular walk around Kinder reservoir

Facilities and access

  • Dogs must be kept on leads at all times. Take your dog mess home with you as there are no bins.
  • Take all litter home as there are no bins in the countryside
  • BBQs/campfires/outdoor cooking equipment are not allowed as they are a health and safety risk to wildlife and people.
  • Book in at a local campsite as wild camping is not allowed.
  • Respect local communities and farmers and leave no trace of your visit