The walks start and finish at St. Luke’s Church. There are two circular walks of 6 and 12 miles into and through the Hallam moors to the west of Sheffield.

6 Mile Route

The 6-mile walk is family friendly for those with young children, though it is not suitable for buggies. This walk goes out and back along Redmires Conduit, and around Redmires reservoirs via Redmires Road along the north side and the Yorkshire Water concessionary path along the south side.

6 mile detailed route description

  1. Turn left out of the church and right on to Blackbrook Road.
  2. Turn right at the footpath sign, where the railings are, and walk along the flat path (the conduit).
  3. At the end of this path cross the road and the path continues slightly to the right.
  4. At the end of this path turn left onto Soughley Lane and walk uphill (note no footpath). [1.5 miles]
  5. At the end of Soughley Lane, turn right onto the footpath. (M17)
  6. After about 50 yards turn left and follow the Yorkshire Water concessionary path along the south side of the reservoirs, with the water on your right. You start off close to the water, but half way along the path moves away from the water (You do not cross any of the dams; there are a couple of paths – all end up at the same point).
  7. On reaching the road at Redmires reservoirs, carry on along Long Causeway (continuation of Redmires Road). Beware of traffic on this road. (M14) Water Point
  8. After about a mile (at the end of the 2nd reservoir) turn right over a small stone stile and cross a small wooden bridge. (M15)
  9. The path bears slightly right, through the woods, along the wooden fence line. NB Open watercourse on left – take care; do not follow it.
  10. The path then comes out into a clearing and bears slightly right with a wire fence the left.
  11. At the end turn left down the path to the junction.
  12. At the junction turn right on the road between the houses.
  13. After the drive on the left (sold sign) take the footpath on the left over a wooden bridge. (M16)
  14. The path continues with a stone wall on the left and a wire fence on the right. Take the steps built into the wall and follow the path through the woods. You come to a wall straight ahead with a further set of steps in the wall. Take these steps and continue between 2 stone walls until you meet Soughley Lane. If you do not wish to take the steps built into the wall; carry straight on; the stone wall curves to the left to meet Soughley Lane, where you turn left, downhill. (M17)
  15. In either case take the footpath marked ‘walkers only’ and ‘no horses, no motorcycles’ through a metal squeeze gate to a wide gravel path.
  16. Follow this path (the conduit) to the next road.
  17. Cross over and take the footpath. At the end turn left to return to St. Luke’s church. [6 miles]. We hope you enjoyed the walk.

Any problems? – ring 0114 230 1624 – St. Luke’s church centre

12 mile route

The 12-mile walk is suitable for those who want something longer, though probably unsuitable for very young children. This route goes along David Lane, past the Mayfield Centre, crossing the Porter Valley, up to the Norfolk Arms at Ringinglow, and follows the track over Houndkirk Moor. About 1/2 mile before the A57 and Fox House, the route turns right across Burbage Moor to Upper Burbage Bridge, upto and along Stanage Edge, and turns right again to join the track to Stanage Pole, follows the Yorkshire Water concessionary path along the south side of Redmires reservoirs and back along Redmires Conduit.

12 mile detailed route description

  1. Turn left out of the church and right on to the road.
  2. Continue uphill, then downhill to T junction (Warning – narrow footpath) and turn left. (M1)
  3. At next junction turn sharp right to go down David Lane, signposted Mayfield Chapel. (M2)
  4. Continue straight on past the Mayfield Centre. At crossroads go straight on down Green Lane, signposted public footpath. (M3)
  5. Cross the stream, go up steps and through small gate. Continue in same direction through field keeping wall on right, to gate and stile to road.
  6. Turn left on to road and almost immediately take footpath off to the right. (M4) (Warning – electric cattle fence)
  7. Follow the path with the wall on left across a field. Cross a ladder stile and go straight on towards trees, meeting another path just before a gap in the wall.
  8. Go through the gap and turn left on to the track. (M5) [1.4 miles]
  9. Follow track round to the left, over a bridge and immediately take path on right into a field (Warning – cows may be present).
  10. Follow path up through field to top of steep hill
  11. Continue in same direction at the top, through a squeezer walking up a narrow wall / fenced track, straight up top.
  12. Turn right on to the roadside path and turn left at the next junction. (Round house / Norfolk Arms pub – refreshments and toilets at pub). (M6) [1.9 miles]
  13. Continue straight bearing right up broad sandy track, as road swings to left. (M7)
  14. Follow track over Houndkirk Moor for 2 miles.
  15. Turn right at footpath sign. (M8) [3.55 miles].
  16. Carry straight on at gate, ignore the path that goes off to the left further on and carry straight on at the signpost, always keeping the cement works in the distance. (M9)
  17. Turn right onto footpath for Upper Burbage bridge [5.2 miles]
  18. At Upper Burbage bridge turn left (Warning – traffic) or stay below the bridge and cross 2 streams by stepping stones. (Water point in car park). Carefully walk up through the car park, following the old trackway (M10)
  19. Walk next to the road up to where it flattens out. You will see that the road forks; cross the road and take the right hand fork (M11) (Warning – traffic)
  20. Walk at the side of the road for about a mile. You will see a road to the right; take this road (SK2450 8286)
  21. Walk at the side of this straight road for about a ½ mile. You will see a road to the right. Take this road (SK2401 8354)
  22. The road turns sharply to the left. You will have to walk on the road here. After about 100 yards there is a footpath to the right. Take this footpath (M12) SK2389 8365. There is a toilet slightly further along the road on the left if you need it. (Though these toilets might be locked.)
  23. Follow the broad grassy path up towards Stanedge. Go through 2 gates and continue to follow the old path up onto Stanedge. As you reach the edge bear right and follow the edge for approximately 50 metres. Then take the left hand path away from the edge to meet the bridleway (M13)
  24. Join a broader path (bridleway), which will take you past Stanage Pole [7.5 miles] and down track to Redmires reservoirs. (M14). (Water point).
  25. On reaching the road at Redmires reservoirs, turn left onto Long Causeway (continuation of Redmires Road). Beware of traffic on this road.
  26. After about a mile (at the end of the 2nd reservoir) turn right over a small stile and cross a small wooden bridge (M15).
  27. The path bears slightly right, through the woods, along the wooden fence line. NB Open watercourse on left – take care and do not follow it.
  28. The path then comes out into a clearing and bears slightly right with a wire fence on the left.
  29. At the end turn left down the path to the junction.
  30. At the junction turn right on the path between the houses.
  31. After the drive on the left (sold sign) take the footpath on the left over a wooden bridge (M16).
  32. The path continues with a stone wall on the left and a wire fence on the right. Take the steps built into the wall and follow the path through the woods. You come to a wall straight ahead with a further set of steps in the wall. Take these steps and continue between 2 stone walls until you meet Soughley Lane.
  33. Cross the road and take the footpath marked ‘walkers only’ and ‘no horses, no motorcycles’ through a metal squeeze gate to a wide gravel path.
  34. Follow this path (the conduit) to the next road.
  35. Bear left and carry on along this road. Turn left at end to return to St. Luke’s church. [12 miles]. We hope you enjoyed the walk.

Any problems? – ring 0114 230 1624 – St. Luke’s church centre

Please note: the 16 mile route option, offered in previous years, is no longer available for the May Day Trek. If you are interested in a longer and more challenging walk, please consider the 9 or 17 mile routes on the Sheffield Night Hike.