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From: Cock Inn, OughtibridgeTo: Norfolk Arms, Ringinglow12.6 miles20.3 km795m ascent539m descent
ThumbnailFrom Oughtibridge, climb up the hill for Worrall, avoiding road walking with pleasant footpaths cutting corners off. From Worrall, follow the Sheffield Country Walk west into the Peak District National Park to High Bradfield, where there's a micro brewery for those interested (like me), and the Old Horns pub for those interested (like me). After refreshments, drop down the hill to Low Bradfield and immediately follow the permissive path on the south west bank of Damflask reservoir, but branching off steeply uphill to Dungworth at a junction of roads. Follow the route carefully from here, down to the Rivelin valley to cross the busy A57 Snake road. After the road, the path crosses the River Rivelin with a delightful series of stepping stones, but watch out if the river is in spate as the stones are slippy and some have fast flowing water covering them. Having negotiated the stepping stones, climb steeply up through the woods, passing the Fox Hagg nature reserve, but follow the route carefully as there are myriad of interconnecting paths in this area. Turn right along the road, where the Sportsman's Inn beckons, but sadly it's usually closed at lunch times. Turn left on the path immediately beyond the pub, through playing fields where you may see model aircraft buzzing around. Follow an intricate series of paths and roads past the majestic Fulwood Hall, then descend on the road before joining a path to the crossing of Porter Clough. You're so close now, but be careful here as no less than 6 different paths intersect at Porter Clough - it would be a shame to go astray with your well-earned pint so close! Assuming you pick the correct path, a cruel last climb of the day follows. Rumour has it that this last climb has been designed by the landlord of the Norfolk Arms in Ringinglow in an attempt to enhance sales of beer to thirsty walkers, and I can confirm that this works very well. Stagger up the hill and turn right into the pub car park to reach your destination for today. The Norfolk Arms does accommodation, food, real ales and a huge range of superb malt whiskies, and if you ask nicely they may allow camping in their grounds. There's also a warm wood-burning stove which is very useful if you had a disaster with the stepping stones in the River Rivelin. Go steady with the whiskies, as tomorrow you've got the first really wild Yorkshire day to come.
Bus LogoOughtibridge: Bradfield: Dungworth: Rivelin Valley: RinginglowBeer LogoShoulder of Mutton, Blue Ball, Worrall: Old Horns, Plough, Bradfield: Sportsman's Inn, 3 Merry Lads, Lodge Moor: Norfolk Arms, Ringinglow
Train LogoSheffieldBed LogoNorfolk Arms, Ringinglow: Fox House Inn, Longshaw: Hathersage: Sheffield
Car LogoOughtibridge: Bradfield: Dungworth: A57 Rivelin Valley: RinginglowTent Logo3 Merry Lads, Lodge Moor: Norfolk Arms, Ringinglow
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