Peak District Boundary Walk Updates
We try to keep you updated on this web page about any path diversions, blockages or temporary alterations as we become aware of them.
Many thanks to vigilant walkers who keep us informed! Do get in touch if you spot any issues or route diversions that we should make people aware of, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
– Footbridge washed away! Stage 11 Millthorpe to Beeley. As of 6/11/23 this section of the walk is not passable at point 6 (page 87 of the new Guidebook) due to the washing away of a footbridge over Heathy Lea Brook, opposite the Robin Hood Inn on the A619. While the water level is high it seems there is no alternative (although the brook might be ford-able if water levels were lower.) We will aim to monitor this situation and give an update when the path may be reopened. At present there is no nearby alternative, apart from lots of road walking out of Millthorpe towards Beeley (not advisable as these roads are not well pavemented.) Alternatively you could walk the Derwent Valley Heritage Way south from Baslow, through the Chatsworth Estate to Beeley.
– Stage 5 Greenfield to Marsden, point 8 – there is a temporary (October/November 2023) diversion necessary here, as repair work is being carried out to the steep descent just after point 8, before Wessenden Reservoir; the path was barriered off (28/10/23) so we took an alternative horseshoe-shaped path south-eastwards (becoming clearly well-walked and easy to follow) via a lovely waterfall with stepping stones, then joined the main route again at the corner of the Reservoir.
– We have been informed (October 2023) that the end of Stage 19 and beginning of Stage 20 are still affected by works at Todbrook Reservoir – recent walkers have let us know that “the section telling you to cross a footbridge, turn along the bridle path and through the park is impossible. It’s an easy diversion, you turn left along Reservoir Road to Whaley Bridge station being careful to avoid all the heavy goods vehicles delivering to the dam site.” This is similarly affecting the beginning of Stage 20 (grid ref: SK 00883 80938 to SK 00740 80850) Apparently work may be ongoing until 2025! (NB this has already been mentioned for the end of Stage 19 in the 2021 Guidebook but not yet on the directions provided elsewhere on this website – we hope to correct this soon!)
– Langsett Dam Wall is now reopened (Stage 8)
– Royds Clough tree-felling work is now complete (Stage 9)
– There are on-off tree-felling works taking place for the rest winter 2023/4, in the woodlands of Wyming Brook and Fox Holes plantation, just south of the Rivelin Dams (Stage 9) Keep an eye out for footpath closures and diversion notices. There is a good clear alternative path that can be taken to reach Redmires reservoirs, and this will be shown on signage near to any closure/diversion notices. Take your own OS map (or your preferred navigation app) just in case! More information on this ongoing tree-management situation can be found on the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust website.
– There is a slight change to the route now on Stage 7 after crossing Winscar Reservoir Dam wall – walkers now need to carry on ahead, after the dam wall – turn left by the sailing club then down the track to the road (rather than turning immediately left into the woodland below the dam wall, as the online directions state) then turn left again to descend to Dunford Bridge to pick up the Trans Pennine trail (NB this has already been revised in the newer Guidebook but not yet on the directions provided on this website – we hope to correct this soon!)
– We have been notified (in Spring 2023) that the mud on the approach to Lower Greasley Farm (Stage 17) is “truly appalling” – this is seasonally worse, so go prepared (gaiters advised!) An alternative route to avoid this mud, is to continue on the footpath northwards at Nettlebeds Farm (instead of turning left as described in point 7 of the directions text) This takes you to Wood Cottage, where you can follow the track northwards to pick up the route again. This avoids Lower Greasley Farm and that mud!