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Win Hill from Heatherdene is a 8.6 mile loop trail located near Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length 8.6 mi Elevation gain 1,581 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Lake Views Wild flowers
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Getting There

At 462m above sea level, the views from Win Hill are tremendous and, given it stands more or less on its own, panoramic. The views start in the north looking over Ladybower Reservoir and up the Upper Derwent Valley to Derwent Edge, Stanage Edge, the Derwent Valley, the Great Ridge and Mam Tor and of course Kinder Scout. There are many walks and well marked paths in the area looked after by Severn Trent Water and the uplands are Open Access land, but this route is one of the longer ones that runs up Win Hill to get the views quickly, then down the far side and around the plantations before dropping down to the track that runs along the bank of Ladybower Reservoir. The views do not stop though as there are once again great views of Derwent Edge from the track alongside the reservoir. This route takes about 4 hours including a stop on the top of Win Hill, essential for refreshments and a gawp at the surrounding views! Much of the area followed by this route is over land managed by Severn Trent Water, whose main priority here is the reservoirs that are used to store drinking water and manage the river flow in the Derwent. Water is also used for drinking water supplies and passes along a 28 mile aqueduct to Ambergate and eventually to Derby and Leicester. The reservoirs here were constructed in two phases, the first from 1901 to 1917 which saw the Howden and Derwent Dams completed. It was here during World War II that the 617 Squadron, led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, practiced their raids that would lead to the destructive raid on the German Ruhr valley dams in May 1943. It is still sometimes possible to see preserved Lancaster bombers flying down the Derwent Valley, quite an awesome sight and sound. The third reservoir, Ladybower, was built from 1935 to 1945. It is the latter that meant that the villages of Derwent and Ashopton were flooded although some of the remains of both can occasionally be seen when the reservoir level is particularly low. The only parts of Ashopton visible on this route are the houses just above the A57; these can be seen from the path alongside the reservoir towards the end of the walk. The dam itself is a puddle-core design meaning it is not a solid masonry built dam but has a clay core surrounding by earth, concrete and stone. It has apparently sufferred more than 1.5m of settlement since it was constructed necessitating raising the level and reinforcement the down slope. There is, I'm happy to hear, a significant margin built in for future settlement! On the slopes of Win Hill there is a significant amount of managed woodland and there is rarely a time when you do not see logging going on at some point along the route. But once above the trees you enter Open Access Land. A marvellous characteristic of Win Hill is that it is largely open all the way round and not part of another ridge. This does open up the views and from the summit the views are truly breathtaking, quite literally on a windy day!

The walks starts from the Heatherdene car park which is situated off the A57 on the A6013 near to Yorkshire Bridge between Ladybower and Bamford. Approximate post code S33 0AZ.

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Andy Clark
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Enjoyable walk, easy to follow. Quite a steep climb in places to reach the summit, but easily achievable for beginners like me. Gentle meander back down. The last half is a bit dull, but the 1st half makes up for it with its brilliant views.

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Joe Hesketh
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A really enjoyable loop trail, though all the fun is in the first half, the latter half is very tame and flat.

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Andrew Blinkho
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Great walk! I went left to start as it’s a shorter route up Win Hill with less people. It’s really steep n hard work but you get up much quicker n I didn’t see one other person on that route. The views are amazing at the top!

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David Williams
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Brilliant walk, went round clockwise so steep first few kilometres then nice relaxed stroll down the far side and back around. Great views from the top of Win Hill and pretty stroll along the LadyBower reservoir. Not too physically taxing

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Colin Butler
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Even in the rain this hike is well worth it . Awesome views from the top of win hill .

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Rachel Wade
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A steep climb at beginning of the walk. Easy after that. lush views.

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Dave Martin
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Tough climb to start but great views from the top and a gentle walk down and back. recommended even on a grim winter's day

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Lee Broughton
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tough first 2 miles till you get to winhill then all pretty much down hill. quite a good walk.

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Peter Truman
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I did this walk today, weather very cold but sunny. Tremendous views from Win Hill!

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James Harvey
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Jade Harris
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Martin Nicholls
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Jay Hike
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Danny Walsh
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Liv Barratt
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Marcin Gierek
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Robert Lester
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Prashanth Radhanath
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craig Spencer
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Junaid Pirzada
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Matty Brierley
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Nadine Steeper
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Connor Forecast
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Chris Wragg
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Chung Wan
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Andrew Winterbottom
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