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High Bradfield and Holdworth walk


A circular walk east from High Bradfield to Holdworth, before dropping down to return by the side of Damflask reservoir, There is uneven ground and a number of tall ladder stiles. The paths are well marked and easy to follow. There are good views across the Loxley valley from the high ground.


  • Length 4 miles
  • Time – 2 hours
  • Grade – A medium length walk a steady ascent at the end back to High Bradfield.The route goes along farm tracks and fields. There is uneven ground and some stiles stiles. The paths are well defined and signed.
  • Start – St Nicholas Church, High Bradfield.
  • Grid Reference – SK 267 925
  • Public transport – 61 / 62 bus to High Bradfield stops near Old Horns Inn.
  • Refreshments – The Post Card Café, The Plough Inn, Low Bradfield; Old Horns Inn, High Bradfield
  • Public Toilets – Low Bradfield

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Map of the walk route

Holdworth walk map

High Bradfield and Holdworth walk instructions

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Start from St Nicholas Church in High Bradfield, head away from the church past The Old Horns Inn and onto Loxley Road.

Turn left up hill onto Kirk Edge Road.Take the first footpath on the right which is accessed by a large ladder stile.

Continue along this path which has a number of ladder stiles to climb and eventually goes over Castle Hill (This is an ancient fortification listed by English Heritage and not to be confused with Bailey Hill which is behind St. Nicholas Church, High Bradfield).

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Follow the path as it drops diagonally across the bank to a ladder stile onto a track leading up from Loxley Road. 

Go left up the track as far as the farm.

At the farm go to the left of the stone barn. At the time of writing a new barn was being built. Pass between the old and new barns.


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Continue into the field. The track goes beside the wall but in a number of places criss-crosses the wall before arriving beside Holdworth Hall on the right (Note the interesting hay barn, the roof can be raised or lowered depending on the amount of storage required by means of pulley on each of the four corner posts, Holdworth Hall has connections with the Sitwell family from Renishaw Hall)..

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Turn right onto the road and continue down to the cross roads, turn right down Dalroyd Lane.

After 100m take the footpath on the left which goes down the hill. Keep close the the stream on the right as the path descends.

Go past the workshop and through the metal gate onto Loxley Road beside Damflask Reservoir. 

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Cross the road, go right for about 100m and go through gap in the wall to the footpath beside the reservoir.

Turn right and follow the path by the reservoir towards Low Bradfield.

The footpath will eventually emerge onto Lamb Hill.

Go left along Lamb Hill towards Low Bradfield.

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Just before reaching the stone bridge on the left take the footpath on the right, marked as 37 to High Bradfield, which goes up some narrow stone steps into a field.

Follow the yellow direction arrows across several fields before emerging onto Woodfall Lane. Beware of traffic.

Cross the road and go over the stile. Go across the field up toward the left hand end of the wall in front of the church.

Go up the steps a through the gate. Go along the path and then left up the hill and through the gate back to the starting point of the walk.

Mobile Phone Coverage – Mobile phone signal coverage is mostly good in this area. Intermittent signals can be received on higher ground.

Ordnance Survey map OL1 Dark Peak is recommended for all the routes on this web site.

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