5.83 miles – Circular – Very good paths

Having a desire to eat breakfast at the lovely Upshot Espresso lead to a bit of a circular road trip around the Peak District.

We chose to do the simplest route around Ladybower, the paths are fine, there’s a tiny bit of road, lots of sheep and the signs ask that dogs are kept on leads all the way round.

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Places we like to visit

This circular route took in a variety of places:

Upshot Espresso

Magic Rock Tap

Summery Wine Brewery


Eccup Reservoir

Circular – 3.8 Miles – Good Path

This is a nice flat walk round the edge of the reservoir and through the nearby fields. There is a short bit of road towards the end and the possibility of cows in one field. The biggest problem with this walk is a lack of swimming opportunities. There’s potential for blue/green algae in the reservoir but it’s all fenced off so dogs can’t get near.

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Scammonden Extended

Circular – 3.89 Miles – Mostly Good Paths

This is an extension to the usual scammonden walk. It involves a small piece of road and we did have to walk past some sheep. The footpath that leads back down to the usual path round the reservoir is a bit narrow in places, but reasonably well used.

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There are loads of opportunities for swimming on one side of the reservoir, but the current can be stronger at the top end near the motorway. I’d recommend waiting to swim until you reach the beachy area at the bottom end.