Rivelin Dams & Redmires Reservoir - February 24th

Posted 25/2/2019

A group of 12 adults and 1 child completed a great 8.88 mile walk around Rivelin Dams and Redmires Reservoirs in unseasonably warm and sunny weather today.

However, there was confusion over the location of the start point with a distinct lack of signage to the car park on the A57 leading to several of our party missing the turning into the narrow lane which crossed Rivelin dam wall to the car park.

Eventually our party assembled ready to start 30 minutes later than planned and made our way along the southern bank of Rivelin Dam before taking a path up hill which tracked the picturesque tumbling Wyming Brook up through Fox Holes Plantation.

After crossing the brook via some stepping stones we made our way to a high level path towards Reddicar Clough. At various places the path gave some excellent views out across Rivelin Dams.

At Reddicar Clough our path wound its way down to join Wyming Brook Drive but after a short distance we took another path which took us across Head Stone Bank.

Here we joined a path heading southward towards Redmires Reservoirs. Part way along we stopped by a junction of paths for a slightly later than usual lunch break and were treated to some birthday donuts by Russell Yapp.

After lunch we continued to the lower of the three Redmires Reservoirs and were surprised at how empty this reservoir still is even after the winter weather.

We made our way to the far side if the reservoirs and then took a path up continue moors, passing White Stones and crossing Rud Hill to emerge at Fulwood Lane.

Here we turned left and passed Knoll Top Farm before turning left again to follow a track down to the eastern edge of the reservoirs. From here we zigzagged to join Redmires Conduit and then passed The Sportsman pub before crossing the main road to reach the Three Merry Lads pub where we enjoyed a drink in the beer garden before completing the last half mile of the walk back to our cars.

Well done to those who (managed to find the start point &) completed the walk and congratulations to Nicola Royston who has now surpassed 300 miles walked cumulatively with DVWG.